Perhaps the biggest sporting matchup up of the year, tonight Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will face each other in the arena at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather is undefeated(47-0) and World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council champion while Pacquiao is a World Boxing Organization champion and has won many tough battles in the past.
Mayweather is 38 years old and is known for his brash and self-promoting personality. He flaunts his money and has gotten in trouble with the law in the past including jail time for a series of domestic violence issues. On the other hand, 36 year old Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is known for his humble demeanour and his strong faith in God. Pacquiao also represents the hope of the impoverished nation of Philippines, where all the Filipinos will be cheering on their hero tonight.
Mayweather claims to be ready for perhaps the biggest fight of his career. “My thing is to focus on what we’ve got to do tomorrow. I’ve dedicated myself to the sport of boxing for more than 20 years, and I’m ready.” Mayweather has shown how much he wants to win this fight as he has been heard saying “I never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life.” Despite Mayweather being the favorite, Pacquiao is not worried, stating “No one thought I could beat Oscar, and I was the underdog then. Maybe it’s good for me.” Siding with Pacquiao, Guilderland sophomore RJ Porter replied “I think Pacquiao because he is dedicated and works hard,” when asked who he thought would come out on top.
A total of 400 million dollars is estimated to be generated from this fight, with Mayweather estimated to earn $180 million and Pacquiao $100 million. Unfortunately, the fight is pay by view, which means that each person has to pay to watch it on their television, whether they have cable or not. The cost to get it on your television is $99.99, a new record for the most expensive pay by view price. However, if you don’t want to spend that much cash, go get together with a bunch of friends and have a boxing party, paying significantly less. Fight starts at 11:00 pm EST.