Money vs Pac-Man: The Fight of the Century


It’s being labeled as “The fight of the century”. It’s being talked about all over the TV, radio, and by sports writers everywhere. It’s been the biggest want of boxing fans for almost a decade. It’s Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Now, for those who are not very much into boxing and don’t know much about the sport, I’ll bring you up to speed. Floyd Mayweather is a five-division world champion and considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world today, and with a 47-0 record, he’s definitely earned that status. Ever since he began his career back in 1996, Mayweather has been an unstoppable force. He’s gone into fights being the underdog, but always came out as the winner, such as in 2001 when he beat favored Diego Corrales, or in 2005 when he beat Arturo Gatti for the super-lightweight title. And if that wasn’t enough for everyone to believe in him, Floyd faced “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, one of the greatest boxers in history and won the match by a spilt decision. There’s no denying how great of a fighter Mayweather is, but his out-of-ring actions have really destroyed a lot of his reputation. He’s been accused of, and convicted on, charges of domestic abuse several times and served jail time as well due to altercations with various women in his life. But, even after all of that, he’s still the highest paid athlete in the world and is guaranteed to walk away with another great sum of money in the upper millions regardless if he wins or loses. Weather you love him or you hate him, there’s no denying that “Money” Mayweather is an incredible athlete.

Now on to the opponent Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao. Pacquiao currently holds a record of 57-5-2 and is an eight-division world champion. Pacquiao earned his first world titles by beating Chatchai Sasakul for the lineal and WBC Flyweight Titles and got his first major fight in June, 2001 where he would face Lehlohonolo Ledwaba and win the Super Bantamweight title. This was just the beginning of a large sequence of classic fights in which Pacquiao would etch out an incredible career. Pac-man has had incredible rivalries with Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez, and also some great one-and-done fights with the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, David Rios, and Ricky Hatton. All of these memorable fights have all lead up to an eight-division champion and one of the best boxers in the world.

This fight features two of the greatest athletes the boxing world has ever known, and also two of the smallest (Mayweather just 5’8″ and Pacquiao 5’6″). Nonetheless, this is set to bring the most revenue of any boxing event in history at an expected $300 million dollars. This is an event that sports fans from all over the world have been dreaming of for quite sometime, and come May 2nd, they will finally get it.

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