Finally he sign the contract so the fight is on, this is what im talking about that I sign already before, im just explaining to the fans and to prove that im not lying, i have the fear of the Lord. So this is it! The fight is on fans you deserve it thank you. FloydMayweather just made it official on shots pic. Quotable: Pacquiao said a day after the fight was confirmed: "I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years.
The fans all wanted and deserved this fight, and I'm happy we're giving it to them. It's an honor to be part of this historic event. The hype machine then went into overdrive and we repeatedly heard from Mayweather: "I am the best ever, 'TBE'.
The theory was Pacquiao could secure Mayweather's legacy and place him among or above the greats. Mayweather , 26 KOs , 38, and Pacquiao , 38 KOs , 36, were perhaps past their peaks by the time they met, but boxing was just grateful the match-up was a reality at last. It was on the front and back pages of newspapers in the build-up, hogged sports bulletins on TV and radio, and was trending on social media.
This is the biggest fight of its era. It's a great event for boxing. Everybody around the world is interested in this fight -- ambassadors, senators, celebrities. Mayweather said: "I'm in the gym working right now, dedicating myself to the sport, pushing myself to the limit because I never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life.
Mayweather, a five-division champion, went into the fight as the No. Pacquiao, boxing's only eight-division titleholder, had never wanted victory more. Just like a can of pop that has been left open for a while, the fight lacked any fizz when it came to the moment of enjoying it. For many, it left a bad taste of anti-climax. Some even felt cheated. It lacked intensity and drama. Pacquiao usually relied on volume and pressure to overwhelm opponents, but there was none of that on show at the MGM.
The southpaw landed just 18 jabs to Mayweather's 67, and Pacquiao threw six fewer punches than Mayweather. Pacquiao got through with a straight left that sent Mayweather onto the ropes in the fourth round, but generally, Mayweather controlled the distance and limited Pacquiao's attacks. Mayweather blocked Pacquiao's punches, countered with jabs, and the Filipino was unable to catch the slippery American as much as he usually does opponents.
There was none of Pacquiao's fast flurries of punches, and Mayweather was never discomforted. The American adopted defensive tactics rather than seeking a knockout as he contained Pacquiao, and he used his reach and skills to pile up the points. There were no knockdowns, neither was badly hurt, and Mayweather grew more confident as the fight went on.
It sealed his status as the best fighter of his era, but left serious questions as to his own claim that he was the best ever. Many were left unimpressed and feeling shortchanged by the fight. Twitter exploded with some outraged at a lack of action, demanding their money back from PPV.
Quotable: Mayweather said: "He's a hell of a fighter. I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao. Now I see why he's one of the guys at the pinnacle. I didn't get hit with a lot of shots unless I stood in the pocket. I'm a calculating fighter. Mike Tyson tweeted: "We waited 5 years for that.. We did Fans were further incensed when Pacquiao disclosed he went into the fight with a right shoulder injury. Punters who had placed a bet on Pacquiao wanted their money back after the Filipino said that he had been injured in training camp and the shoulder was re-aggravated in the third round.
Those who had forked out for the PPV were also upset. There were reports that Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury, which required surgery on May 7. A lawsuit brought by fans unhappy with Pacquiao fighting with a shoulder injury was dismissed in , and the appeals court refused to reinstate it in a vote in November Pacquiao's remarkable career is still going at the age of 41 as he combines boxing with a political career back home in the Philippines.
Pac Man won back the WBO crown with a points win over Bradley nearly a year after losing to Mayweather, but the Filipino's career looked over when he was outpointed by Australia's Jeff Horn in a big shock in July But as he has done before, Pacquiao responded by stopping Lucas Matthysse in July and then outpointed Adrien Broner last year. Later in , Pacquiao handed Keith Thurman, a man 10 years his junior, his first-ever defeat by split points decision and is now a WBA titleholder.
Pacquiao floored Thurman in the first round in one of his best displays in recent years. It got a lot of criticism from purists, but there was enough interest to generate the second-biggest money event in the history of boxing, with 4.
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Mayweather has reach, speed, and supreme defensive ability — so he is hard to hit, let alone knock down. His age and lack of top level opposition count against him. That is all speculation. I see a Mayweather points win and a frustrated Pacquiao. Lou Moretti, managing editor of SBR, will be keeping an eye on shifts in money coming in on both fighters and might be changing the lines accordingly.
The line movement has been crazy on this fight so far, he said. The sports books want balanced action and they had a larger amount of volume come in on Pacquiao so they had to adjust the line accordingly, in order to make themselves less vulnerable. They tightened up the line, which means that, in theory, fewer PacMan backers will be laying money on Manny, and maybe more Mayweather backers will take a plunge on their guy.
As far as folks taking the plunge, the volume has been crazy, maybe no surprise considering how long people have been waiting for this clash. How low could it go? Two to one I think is as low as you get. The last time the odds were so tight on a Floyd fight? He told me that the action on this one, with so many Manny-acs so in love with their guy, it reminds him of how some folks bet their beloved Yankees, even in down seasons, when the Bronx Bombers are subpar.
Here are some fun prop bets you can see on Sportsbookreview. Michael Woods is a New York-based boxing writer who was hooked on the sport forever when Buster Douglas upset the thought-to-be-invincible Mike Tyson. Quotable: "He wants a split," Mayweather said. It still is a business even if it is a sport. Marquez called me out and he deserves a shot. If Manny Pacquiao really wanted a fight with me, all he has to do is say it.
We could pay Marquez to step aside, a million dollars, step aside. Let me know. More talks later that year resolved the differences over money and the plan was for them to fight on March 13, But it never happened. This time due to differences over drug testing. Mayweather insisted Pacquiao agree to Olympic-style blood-screening 30 days prior to the fight, and the fallout saw Pacquiao claim that he would file a defamation lawsuit against Mayweather for accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Pacquiao was willing to submit to unlimited urine tests and agreed to blood tests in January and as many as two more, but no later than 30 days before the fight. Quotable: Mayweather said after a unanimous points win over Shane Mosley in May : "If Manny Pacquiao can take a blood and urine test then we have a fight. Pacquiao said: "For me, as long as the drug test is not done close to the match, I'll agree because if they'll get blood from me close to the match, it will be a disadvantage for me because I'm smaller and he's big.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said: "He [Mayweather] can dictate all he wants, as far as Pacquiao is concerned, nobody needs him. It's delusional. It's silly. I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy but I think they have gone overboard. Throwback to November 15, As a visionary, I predicted both the outcome and what people would say TBT pic. I'm ready to put my belt up. What about you Manny Pacquiao? Let's make history. Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.
Mayweather tried again in , and the pair even spoke on the phone in January Just as progress looked like it was being made, and the court case was settled, Pacquiao got heavily knocked out in the sixth round by Marquez. It was a devastating blow for those who wanted to see Mayweather-Pacquiao happen, and it was hard to see how the fight could be made after such a knockout blow. The two sides seemed further apart when Mayweather signed a deal with U.
But the pair continued to go back and forth on social media. Now you're telling me I got to eat Juan Marquez's leftovers? Let me talk to the IRS about this This is my Christmas card to the world Happy Sleepy Holidays zzzzzzzzzzzz pic. Floyd brags about his lifestyle and everything! I don't care!
I'm just waiting here for him to sign the contract! They sparred on Twitter in September , and again in January , and interest -- as well as hope -- in the fight happening was alive again. Quotable: Pacquiao said after flooring Chris Algieri six times in an easy points win in November "I think it's time to make that fight happen.
The fans deserve that fight. I want that fight. They're always denying the fight. I think the fight has to happen. Arum said: "Let's get it done and let's get it done the next fight for each fighter, sometime in the first six months of next year. Pacquiao was not on Mayweather's list of future options before he boxed in May against Marcos Maidana, but the Pacquiao fight then came back into focus after Mayweather beat Maidana for a second time later that year.
Moonves went on to play a key role in making the fight a reality. Quotable: Mayweather said after a unanimous decision over Maidana in the rematch: "I don't know who I'm fighting in May  but I expect to fight in May. If the Pacquiao fight presents itself let's make it happen. Now we need Mayweather to step up and say, 'Yeah, I'm on board.
I agree. A public meeting on Jan. Poor weather in Miami played a key part in the fight getting made. Pacquiao was in Miami as a judge in the Miss Universe pageant on Jan. Instead, Pacquiao went to see the Miami Heat game. It just so happened that Mayweather was also at the game. They met up during halftime and agreed to meet again, afterward, in Pacquiao's hotel room.
The rival champions sat next to each other as Mayweather called Stephen Espinoza, at the time the executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports, on Facetime to try to make it happen. Some of the things that needed to be agreed on included revenue split in Mayweather's favor , drug testing protocol Mayweather's preferred random blood and urine testing conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency rather than Pacquiao's desire for it to be run by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association , who would walk to the ring last Mayweather , who would be introduced last Mayweather , who would be billed first in the promotion Mayweather-Pacquiao , as well as a complicated TV deal between HBO and Showtime.
Quotable: Espinoza said: "One of the main reasons why this deal got done, as opposed to deals in the past, was because Leslie Moonves was a part of the process. He was really the catalyst for seeing this through and refused to take no for an answer from any side. Moonves, who dealt with Arum and Haymon during negotiations, said: "I had the relationship with both sides and have a vested interest because of our deal with Floyd.
Bob knew I was a fair broker. I was the one who was able to be a liaison. Excitement and speculation about Mayweather-Pacquiao was at fever pitch. It was a big story across the world. Finally, on Feb. Finally he sign the contract so the fight is on, this is what im talking about that I sign already before, im just explaining to the fans and to prove that im not lying, i have the fear of the Lord. So this is it!
The fight is on fans you deserve it thank you. FloydMayweather just made it official on shots pic. Quotable: Pacquiao said a day after the fight was confirmed: "I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years. The fans all wanted and deserved this fight, and I'm happy we're giving it to them. It's an honor to be part of this historic event.
The hype machine then went into overdrive and we repeatedly heard from Mayweather: "I am the best ever, 'TBE'. The theory was Pacquiao could secure Mayweather's legacy and place him among or above the greats. Mayweather , 26 KOs , 38, and Pacquiao , 38 KOs , 36, were perhaps past their peaks by the time they met, but boxing was just grateful the match-up was a reality at last.
It was on the front and back pages of newspapers in the build-up, hogged sports bulletins on TV and radio, and was trending on social media. This is the biggest fight of its era. It's a great event for boxing. Everybody around the world is interested in this fight -- ambassadors, senators, celebrities.
Mayweather said: "I'm in the gym working right now, dedicating myself to the sport, pushing myself to the limit because I never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life. Mayweather, a five-division champion, went into the fight as the No. Pacquiao, boxing's only eight-division titleholder, had never wanted victory more.
Just like a can of pop that has been left open for a while, the fight lacked any fizz when it came to the moment of enjoying it. For many, it left a bad taste of anti-climax. Some even felt cheated. It lacked intensity and drama. Pacquiao usually relied on volume and pressure to overwhelm opponents, but there was none of that on show at the MGM.
The southpaw landed just 18 jabs to Mayweather's 67, and Pacquiao threw six fewer punches than Mayweather.
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