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LAS VEGAS---The Fight is finally on.
Floyd Mayweather Jr will meet Manny Pacquiao on
May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing s
richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the
bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a
picture of the signed contract online.
"I promised the fans we would get this done and
we did," Mayweather said.
The long anticipated bout at the MGM Grand in
Las Vegas will almost surely break every financial
record, and make both boxers richer than ever. May-
weather could earn $120 million or more, while Pac-
quiao s split of the purse will likely be around $80
The fight, which matches boxing s two biggest
attractions of recent years, has been in the making
for five years. It finally came together in recent months
with both fighters putting aside past differences over
various issues --- including drug testing and television
rights --- to reach agreement.
Pacquiao was sleeping in the Philippines when the
fight was announced, but his camp issued a statement
saying the fans deserve the long awaited fight.
"It is an honour to be part of this historic event,"
Pacquiao said. "I dedicate this fight to all the fans who
willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring
glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around
While the fight rivals the 2002 heavyweight title
bout between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson for inter-
est, it comes more than five years after the first real
effort to put the fighters together in their prime. Most
boxing observers believe both have lost some of their
skills, though Mayweather remains a master defensive
fighter and Pacquiao showed in his last fight against
Chris Algieri that he still has tremendous quickness
in his hands.
Still, Pacquiao is 36 and has been through many
wars in the ring. And while Mayweather has been
largely untouched in his career, he turns 38 on Tues-
"I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be
another opportunity to showcase my skills and do
what I do best, which is win," Mayweather said in his
announcement. "Manny is going to try to do what 47
before him failed to do, but he won t be successful.
He will be No 48."
Oddsmakers believe Mayweather will do just that,
making him a 2 1/2-1 favorite in the scheduled 12-
round bout. The fight is expected to do record business
in Nevada s legal sports books, with tens of millions
wagered on the outcome.
It will also do record business at the box office ---
with the MGM expected to be scaled far higher than
the $20 million live gate for Mayweather s 2013 fight
with Canelo Alvarez.
The pay-per-view revenue also is expected to be
a record, though television executives said Friday they
had yet to actually fix a price for people to buy the
fight at home.
Don t tune in looking for a big knockout, either.
The last time Pacquiao stopped anyone was in 2009
when he finished off Miguel Cotto in the 12th round,
while Mayweather has only stopped one fighter (Victor
Ortiz) in the last eight years. (AP)
to fight May 2
gloves worn by Muham-
mad Ali and Sonny Lis-
ton during their infa-
mous 1965 rematch and
a rare century-old signed
photo of baseball star
Shoeless Joe Jackson are
expected to fetch more
than $1 million total at
an auction yesterday.
Both pairs of gloves
from the May 25, 1965,
bout in Lewiston, Maine
--- won by Ali with a first-
round knockout from
what some saw as a
"phantom punch" ---
were seized by George
Russo, the boxing com-
missioner for Maine. The
gloves stayed in the Russo
family until a California
collector, who is the cur-
rent owner, purchased
them several years ago.
Auctions is handling the
sale in New York City.
Footage of the fight
does not make it clear
whether Ali s quick right
hand actually connected,
and many fans booed.
Even the most famous
photos of the fight show
an enraged Ali standing
over Liston as he lay on
the canvas; Ali is gesturing
and yelling at Liston to
get up and fight.
The Lewiston rematch
was the first bout in
which the champion
stepped into the ring as
Muhammad Ali after
converting to Islam. He
was still Cassius Clay a
year earlier when he won
the championship from
Liston in Miami. His glove
from that bout sold last
year at Heritage Auctions
for $836,500. Ali signed
both pairs of gloves when
he came to Lewiston in
1995 to celebrate the
fight s 30th anniversary.
Liston died in 1970. The
photo of Jackson, who is
remembered for being
banned from baseball for
his role in the 1919 World
Series gambling scandal
and later depicted in the
movie "Field of Dreams,"
was expected to fetch
$100,000. Jackson was
illiterate and rarely signed
anything but paychecks
and legal documents,
making his autograph
among the rarest in
In this combination of file photos, Floyd Mayweather Jr, left, prepares to spar at a gym in east London on May
22, 2009, and Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, weighs in for the junior welterweight boxing match
against British boxer Ricky Hatton, May 1, 2009, in Las Vegas. AP PHOTO
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