The long wait is over. The fight is on for Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather confirmed in his Twitter account that his long-awaited fight against the People’s Champ is scheduled on May 2.
“For more than five years sports fans have clamored for a summit meeting between the two best fighters in the world, and after various failed negotiations — and a protracted and difficult effort to make the fight in recent months — they will get it on May 2 to unify the fighters’ welterweight world titles at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas,” a ESPN report read.
According to the same report, the deal was finalized in a private after Pacquiao and Mayweather met at the Miami Heat game on Jan. 27.
“I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done.”
“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,” Mayweather was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile in another report, Pacquiao said, “It is an honor to be part of this historic event. I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.”
Pacquiao started light training for the anticipated super fight weeks ago. He was reportedly flying to the United States on Feb. 28.
According to a Fox News, the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is expected to earn more than the Mayweather’s 2013 fight with Canelo Alvarez which generated $20-million in pay-per-view revenues.
In the same report, Mayweather said, “I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win.” He added, “Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be No. 48.”
But for Pacquiao, the fight with Mayweather is “just like any other fight.”
“I’ve been in this kind of situation many times in my previous fights. It doesn’t scare me. I love being the underdog,” said Pacquiao in a Yahoo report. “It even motivates me to train hard and go for the crown,” he added.
Mayweather remains undefeated in his past 47 fights while Pacquiao has 57 victories and five defeats.