The Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight is expected to be one of the biggest boxing events of all time, with two of the greatest boxers in history set to go toe-to-toe on Saturday 2nd May, 2015. After years of anticipation, we will finally learn who is the greatest welter-weight boxer in the world.
If you’re excited for one of the most anticipated matches in sporting history, here are 10 facts about Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao.
1. Mayweather & Pacquiao’s Punching Stats
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When it comes to punching accuracy, both Pacquiao and Mayweather Jnr. are pretty on point. During his rematch with Marcos Maidana, Mayweather landed a whopping 102 of 177 power strikes.
Whilst Pacquiao landed 43 of 60 power punches against Chris Algieri, and 148 of 344 power punches against Timothy Bradley.
2. Home Ground Advantage
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Floyd Mayweather lives in Las Vegas and calls it his home, so he may have an advantage over Manny Pacquiao. In fact, Mayweather’s last 10 fights were fought inside the MGM Grand– and so he hasn’t fought outside of Vegas since 2005!
Pacquiao, however, is also quite familiar with Sin City, having fought at the MGM a total of 11 times, with his last fight against Timothy Bradley in April 2014. He even bagged himself a technical knockout against Lehlohonolo Ledwaba at the MGM in 2001. He also trains at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, which is just 270 miles away.
3. Mayweather and Pacquiao Undefeated Records
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It is impossible to deny Mayweather’s faultless boxing record, as he has won an amazing 47 fights – one of the best boxing records in history! Should Floyd Mayweather Jnr defeat Manny Pacquiao, he will sit in the same company as some of the greatest boxers of all time, including Rocky Marciano who had an amazing 49-0 career, and Joe Calzaghe who ended his boxing career with an undefeated record.
Unfortunately for Mayweather, he will most likely never match Julio Caesar Chavez’s astonishing 87-0 record from 1980 to 1993. Coincidentally, Chavez once fought Roger Mayweather, who is Floyd’s uncle and trainer.
4. Mayweather’s Net Worth
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Floyd Mayweather is worth an estimated $420 million (£278m). His exotic car collection is believed to be worth a total of $5.94 million alone. His annual salary is a reported $50 million – and he has even been known to earn $80 million when fighting, and so he is very easily one of the highest paid athletes in the world.
5. Manny Pacquiao’s Net Worth
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Manny ‘Pac Man’ Pacquiao has a current net worth of £335 million (£221m) – and that number could double in less than a week when he faces Mayweather in the ultimate boxing showdown.
6. Pacquiao vs Mayweather Ticket Prices
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The fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is expected to shatter pay-per-view records, on top of grossing millions of dollars from ticket prices – which range from $3,500 to a hefty $250,000. Pay-per-view will cost US$89.95 for standard definition and US$99.95 for high definition.
7. The Richest Fight in Boxing History
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The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight is expected to be the richest fight in boxing history, generating an incredible $300 million.
8. The Boxing Split and Billing
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Floyd Mayweather most definitely received the best side of the deal when arranging the fight details. He will receive 60% of the lion’s share – whilst Pacquiao will receive just 40%. Mayweather will also be named first on the fight billing – “Mayweather-Pacquiao” – and will be introduced second and walk into the ring second. Mayweather also has his choice of ring corner and locker room in the MGM Grand arena.
9. Boxing Gloves
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Both boxers will wear 8 oz. gloves, which can include a brand of their choosing. Mayweather will wear multi-coloured Grant gloves, with the letter TBE on the cuff. Pacquiao will wear red Cleto Reyes that have a black and white trim.
The choice of gloves is a critical detail for both Pacquiao and Mayweather, as both fighters have been subject to controversy in the past over their glove choice. Pacquiao was forced to wear Winning gloves during his third professional loss, and he later blamed the gloves, stating they felt like pillows and failed to provide him with the same power as his Reyes gloves.
Mayweather also had glove issues for his first bought with Marcos Maidana, as he believed his competitor’s Everlast MX gloves did not offer sufficient knuckle padding.
10. Drug Testing
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Both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will undergo United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) drug’s testing. The drug testing will consist of random blood and urine testing, and both boxers have agreed for their whereabouts to be known at all times during training, which will ensure random pre-fight tests can be administered. The fighters will also be tested once the fight is over.
Both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have never failed a drug test in their professional career; however, if they do test positive for the use of PEDs, the fighter will be banned from boxing for a minimum of four years.
So, who will win one of the most talked about boxing events in history? Will Mayweather be defeated for the first time? Or will Manny Pacquiao prove he is the greatest welter-weight boxer in the sport? Let us know your thoughts by dropping us a comment. Follow us today on Facebook, Twitter and G+.
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