One of the most anticipated boxing fights in years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is all set to take place on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather vs Pacquiao match, which is touted to be the ‘fight of the century’ is being widely covered with the live telecast and streaming made available by leading broadcasters. The live and exclusive coverage of this high-octane clash will be done by Sony Six for the Indian viewers while Sky Sports will be broadcast the match in UK. The main event of the highest grossing bout in history will commence at 8.30 am IST (8.00 pm in Las Vegas, 4.00 am in UK) with the pre- beginning from 6.30 am IST.
In what is expected to be the highest grossing bout in history, the fans were seen arriving in Las Vegas in droves ahead of the big match. The undefeated Mayweather (47-0), who is guaranteed 120 million – that could reach 180 million – from a megafight that is expected to be the richest of all time, oozed confidence as he predicted his record would remain perfect. Pacquiao is a 2-1 underdog for a fight expected to earn him now up to 120 million.
American Mayweather is widely regarded as one of the best defensive practitioners of all time while his ability to out-think opponents and adjust strategy midway through fights is unparalleled among contemporary fighters. In Pacquiao, Mayweather will face the greatest challenge of his career, a Filipino southpaw who relies on lightning-fast hand and foot speed allied to an all-out, aggressive approach featuring unexpected angles of jabs and punches.
Floyd Mayweather insisted that his blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao is about boxing and business, not angels and demons, as the rivals went eyeball-to-eyeball at their final pre-fight press conference. Pacquiao goes into Saturday’s bout that has the boxing world buzzing trailing a mantle of humanitarian deeds.
Mayweather, an energetic trash-talker in his younger days, has often courted controversy — Comparing himself favorably to Muhammad Ali and flaunting the perks his wealth has brought: houses, cars, even an airplane. But Mayweather, who said this week he expects a payday of USD 200 million for this fight alone, says none of that will matter when he steps in the ring. For more than five years, contractual hurdles and animosity between the camps kept the top pound-for-pound fighters of their generation from meeting in the ring. (Inputs from Agencies)