Thursday 26 April 2018

Mayweather v Pacquiao - All you need to know about the richest boxing fight of all-time

Eleven-time, five-division world boxing champion Floyd
Eleven-time, five-division world boxing champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and eight-division world champion Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao

All you need to know about Floyd Mayweather's superfight against Manny Pacquiao, as Freddie Roach says Mayweather may not show up at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

When is the fight?

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will meet at last on Saturday May 2 in Las Vegas - the home of boxing. Doors open at the venue at 2pm local time, with the first fight at 3pm and the main event five hours later at around 8pm.

Should Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao in May and retire undefeated, his career will not be considered ‘perfect’, just incredible.
Should Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao in May and retire undefeated, his career will not be considered ‘perfect’, just incredible.

Las Vegas is eight hours behind the United Kingdom which means Mayweather vs Pacquiao will not begin in this country until around 4am on Sunday at UK time.

What are they saying?

The boxers spoke on Wednesday evening in their final pre-fight press conference.

Manny Pacquiao ploughed a familiar furrow by invoking his faith:

Quote Everything I have accomplished, God has given me this strength. I used to sleep in the street, hungry, and I cannot imagine that the Lord raised me to this level of life.

Floyd Mayweather also attempted to stay humble:

Quote (It is) the biggest fight in boxing history and I'm a part of it so that's a great thing. I'm just truly, truly blessed to be where I'm at. I feel good, I feel strong and I'll see you guys Saturday. You guys came out here to see excitement, to see a great event and I think that's what both competitors bring to the table - excitement.

Meanwhile Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach casted doubt over whether Mayweather would show up:

Quote I wonder if he's going to show up. At the press conference in Los Angeles, I said we were going to kick his ass and I didn't get a response. I don't think any fighter is afraid. I think he was forced into this fight. I don't think he wants to fight this fight. He didn't get to pick his opponent.

Where is the fight?

At the MGM Grand Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Who's going to win?

Floyd Mayweather is favourite for Saturday's fight, with odds as short as 4/9 on with some bookmakers. 1/2 is the widely available price for Mayweather, whose odds have lengthed marginally since the fight was announced.

Manny Pacquiao arrives for a pre-fight news conference in Las Vegas, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are scheduled to fight May 2
Manny Pacquiao arrives for a pre-fight news conference in Las Vegas, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are scheduled to fight May 2

Manny Pacquiao is generally priced at 2/1 to beat the American. A draw is priced at around 18/1.

The fight is expected to go the distance, with odds of 3/10 available and 12/5 for the fight not running to the end of a 12th round.

Several less conventional bets are available, including 4/1 for Pacquiao to be knocked down, 3/1 that Mayweather will be, and as long as 20/1 that both fighters will be downed during the fight.

Mayweather is 200/1 to win within 60 seconds, Pacquiao slightly shorter at 150/1 and either doing so is 66/1.

You can also get odds of 4/1 that one of the fighters will receive a points deduction.

Who will be in the corners?

Mayweather: Floyd Mayweather Sr. (trainer), Rafael Garcia (cutman), and Roger Mayweather (assistant).

Pacquiao: Freddie Roach (Trainer), Justin Fortune (Cutman), & Buboy Fernandez (Assistant).

How much are the boxers earning?

Loads. But Mayweather is earning a fair bit more than Pacquiao.

If four million people buy the fight the purse will be around $200m, which is £129m. Of that, Mayweather would take home £76m to Pacquiao's £53m, due to the 60:40 split agreed between the fighters.

The split fits the trend of Mayweather earning more, and being significantly richer than Pacquiao.

Mayweather will soon have even more money to take photographs of

What's the undercard?

Two fights will be televised, but there are four taking place before those at the MGM Grand.

The undercard is subject to change, but here is the latest running order:

Televised PPV undercard:

126 lbs: WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs)

126 lbs: WBO Featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) vs. Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs)

PICTURESThe 10 best pound-for-pound boxers of all time

Untelevised bouts:

154 lbs: Chris "Sweet" Pearson (11-0, 9 KOs) vs. Said El Harrak (12-2, 7 KOs)

168 lbs: Jesse Hart (16-0, 13 KOs) vs. Mike Jimenez (17-0, 11 KOs)

200 lbs: Andrew "The Beast" Tabiti (9-0, 9 KOs) vs. Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 KOs)

154 lbs: Brad Solomon (24-0, 9 KOs) vs. Adrian Rene Granados (13-3, 9 KOs)

Tale of the tape

Floyd Mayweather

Age: 38

Nickname: Money

Stance: Orthodox

Height: 5ft 8ins

Reach: 72ins

Record: 47-0, 26 knockouts

Rounds boxed: 363

World title fights: 24

Career earnings: $420 million

Manny Pacquiao

Age: 36

Nickname: Pacman

Stance: Southpaw

Height: 5ft 6ins

Reach: 67ins

Record: 57 wins, 5 defeats, 2 draws. 38 knockouts.

Rounds boxed: 407

World title fights: 19

Career earnings: $340 million

Telegraph.co.uk

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport