Friday 22 September 2017

It's on: Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to fight in May

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Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Jr will fight this May
Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Jr will fight this May

Floyd Mayweather has announced he has agreed a deal to fight Manny Pacquiao in May.

The undefeated 11-times world champion posted a picture of the signed contract on social network Shots and confirmed the fight would take place on May 2, adding: "I promised the fans we would get this done and we did."

The pair, who both beat Ricky Hatton before the Mancunian retired, have long been considered the two best fighters of their generation and boxing fans have been itching for them to get in the ring for years.

Mayweather, unbeaten after 47 professional fights, and Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, have tried and failed in the past to reach an agreement, but now the bout is finally set in stone.

"I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done," Mayweather said in a statement.

"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. Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2.

"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. Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won't be successful. He will be number 48."

Hopes that the long-awaited contest was finally inching closer were boosted when Mayweather and Pacquiao met and exchanged numbers at a basketball match last month and those inklings have proven to be true.

The welterweight world championship unification bout, which is being promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc, is believed to have a chance of breaking pay-per-view records.

Amir Khan, who had been waiting in the wings to fight either man had the blockbuster negotiations collapsed, congratulated the pair on Twitter and wished them luck for the bout, which will be staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

"Mayweather announces he's fighting Manny Pacquiao. Good luck guys. A fight we all been waiting for," he tweeted.

Joe Calzaghe, the former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion, said on Twitter: "Mayweather v Pacquiao is on!!!! Fight everyone wants to see! May 2nd! I can't wait!!"

Mayweather last fought in September, recording a unanimous decision win over Argentina's Marcos Maidana.

Pacquiao, at 36 a year younger than his American rival, defeated Chris Algieri in November for his 57th professional victory.

The last of his five defeats came against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.

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