Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr. Faces off against Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao in arguably the biggest fight of the century so far as the two fighters encounter for the first time in their illustrious boxing careers.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
In the wee morning hours of Saturday the 2nd of May 2015 the MGM arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States of America will play host to Mayweather vs Pacquiao, a fight that has been touted as the fight of the century. That remains to be seen but what we do know is that it is definitely the most expensive as it was initially valued at 300 million dollars in terms of screening rights and the payout is definitely likely to be much bigger as the publicity involved with the fight increases. It is estimated that Mayweather will have achieved career earnings of 600 million after the fight is over.
Mayweather will enter the fight with a better record than his opponent as the American strongman boasts an unbeaten streak of 47 fights and has amassed 10 world titles. He is however known for prioritizing money as boxing purists often laud his talent but criticize his businesslike approach towards the sport. This is not helped by his extravagant manner and his arrogance towards his opponents as he constantly taunts them before and after fights. However, nothing should be taken away from the fact that he is a very good tactical fighter as he has amassed no draws and a whopping 26 knockouts. Much of this is credited to his perfection of the traditional orthodox fighting style which involves moving your weaker side closer to your opponent so as to acquire maximum use of your stronger side.
Pacquiao is not very far off as the man from the Philippines has a career record of 57 wins from 64 bouts, losing 5 and drawing two amassing a decent total of 38 career knockouts. His cool relaxed manner has won him the support of many as his composure and behavior outside the ring is commendable. Inside the ring he throws an average of 66 punches per round almost twice as much as Mayweather who has 39.This may be due to his preferred Southpaw style of boxing where the boxer leads with his right side and jabs with his/her right hand before following with a left cross right hook. However, Pacquiao has been known to shift between stances if need be and analysts tip him to outpunch Mayweather though the intensity of the punching will be the determining factor in this tie.
The tie has some interesting statistics. Hollywood bigwigs P Diddy and Mark Wahlberg have wagered 250,000 US dollars on that fight. Ticket revenues will bring the fight producers a whopping 74 million dollars. As we talk about millions, the referee officiating this tie, Kenny Bayless is being paid only 10,000 US dollars!!!