Tonight Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will compete for the described fight of the century. On Friday, the duo promised to deliver plenty of excitement and said that the fight would be worth the wait. Yahoo Sports said that the fighters feel that the fight will be comparable to all of the hype that has been surrounding it. The fight which occurs in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is one of the most highly anticipated boxing matches in decades. Yahoo News added that this is expected to be one of the highest grossing fights in history.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will meet for the first time and The New York Times reports that the duo are expected to split $300 million and $100 or so is going to be wagered in Vegas on the outcome. The split is said to be sixty percent of the earnings for Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and forty percent for Manny Pacquiao. The match is said to begin at 9PM or at least the undercard but Mayweather and Pacquiao are not due to appear in the ring until 11PM. the numbers alone are staggering with three million people expected to pay up to view the match of the century as many are calling it, NBC News reports.
The pay-per-view viewings alone are expected to overtake the $150 million earned through Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s match with Canelo Alvarez in 2013. Ticket sales supposedly will bring in $72 million and $35 million will come from international broadcasting ri ghts. $13 million will come from bars and restaurants who pay to show the fight in their establishments, $12 million will be from sponsorships, and $1 million will be brought in from merchandise alone. All of these added up equals a grand total of $358 million.
NBC News said that the event will be star studded as well with Robert DeNiro, Ben Affleck, Clint Eastwood, and Matt Damon all scheduled to be in attendance. Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dog, and Jay Z are also expected. Tickets cost around $10,00o a seat, so this fight will definitely bring in some money. Jamie Foxx is supposed to sing the national anthem prior to the festivities.
This is a boxing match that has been years in the making. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Pacquiao have made attempts to schedule a match over the years but plans always feel through. They were due to fight in 2010 but negotiations fell apart. Mayweather was spreading rumors about Pacquiao and Pacquiao retaliated by suing for defamation. Fortunately, recent negotiations worked out and the fight of the century is finally able to happen. This is even bringing in revenue on a larger scale than even the most recent Super Bowl according to NBC.
The public has been waiting for this fight for years and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are finally ready to deliver. NBC said that this is the best and greatest event to happen to boxing in many years. Both fighters feel that the fans deserve a great fight and it is their responsibility to give it to them.
By Heather Granruth