The Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight could shatter records for the largest grossing fight in boxing history — if the fighters can ever come together on an agreement.
The long-awaited fight appears to finally be in the works, with both camps discussing the possibility of a fight. In the past, Mayweather and Pacquiao failed to agree to terms for a fight, and instead they have focused on other, lesser opponents.
But now the fight may be inevitable, with May 2 being the date they will finally meet.
All signs point to a record-shattering bout. Boxing insiders believe the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight will be the highest-grossing bout in boxing history, netting $300 million or more and a giant payout to Mayweather himself. An investment group based out of Dubai is reportedly offering him a nine-figure payout for the single fight.
“The media has been speculating the offer has gone up $10 million to a guaranteed $120 million, and they’re right,” a source told BoxingScene. “That said, I defy any other offer to come anywhere close to what Mr. Mayweather and the ‘Money Team’ will net by fighting in Abu Dhabi. It simply can’t and won’t be done. Such is the nature of today’s international financial landscape.”
While the specifics are still being worked out, the verbal sparring between Pacquiao and Mayweather has already begun, with Mayweather calling out his soon-to-be opponent.
“So let’s make this fight happen. Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, you guys have been ducking us for years,” Mayweather said. “We’re tired of you guys fooling the public, fooling the critics. You guys didn’t want to take random blood and urine testing, so that’s why it didn’t happen. Then I offered you $40 million, then you didn’t want to make the fight happen. You lost twice, now you coming back begging for the same money. That’s not gonna happen. Let’s make the fight happen for the people and the fans. Mayweather versus Pacquiao, May 2nd, Cinco de Mayweather.”
But others believe that even with a record-breaking payday lined up, the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight is far from set in stone — as the troubles with the bout in the past have indicated.