At long last, boxing greats Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will duke it out this spring. For more than five years, sports fans have anticipated a bout between two of the best fighters in the world. Now, after several failed negotiations and a variety of spats on social media, Floyd, the current welterweight world champion, and Pacquiao, the No. 1 contender, have inked a deal to fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2.
Mayweather made the big announcement on Friday afternoon via Shots, a social media platform in which he is an investor, by sharing the image below of the signed contract and issuing a brief statement.
“I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done,” Mayweather said, referring to a chance Jan. 27 meeting with Pacquiao at a Miami Heat game followed by a private discussion after the game. “Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus. This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport.”
Will you be watching?