By Connor Curts, staff writer
Boxing fans, fighting fans, and most of the sports world have long been awaiting a fight between what are perceived as the world’s two best boxers: Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Both fighters have won multiple titles, which are essentially championships, in their weight classes.
The two have a history of trash talking each other, but have always refused to fight. It now appears that will be changing in 2015.
“My jail sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in./Step up Punk./Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see,” Mayweather said on Twitter back in 2012..
In an interview with Showtime Sports early in December, Mayweather called out Pacquiao, and said he wanted to fight him on May 2, 2015. Mayweather took shots at Pacquiao, bringing up recent losses he had suffered, and claimed Pacquiao’s pay-per-view numbers were down.
In November, Pacquiao dominated Chris Algieri to retain his welterweight world title, and it drew in 300,000 customers on TV. Mayweather is undefeated, however Pacquiao hasonly lost five matches.
In the interview, Mayweather also accused Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, of preventing the potential showdown, for multiple years.
“Floyd Mayweather is not ducking or [sic] dodging any opponent. Bob Arum is stopping the fight,” said Mayweather.
The news surely has fans everywhere excited for the possible mega-fight.
“They’re definitely the two best boxers in the world today, and it would be incredible if they actually fought. I never thought I’d see it,” said Maxwell Nugent, 10.
While the fight is not official yet, it is very likely to happen. It would be the biggest boxing match in a long time, and could make a profit of $250 million, $100 million of which would likely go to Mayweather, who is known for always demanding a large amount of money.
May 2 is the date to remember, and it could make history in the boxing world.