Thwarted until now by everything from prison sentences (Mayweather’s) to retirements (Mayweather’s, again) and financial negotiations, the boxing match is the most anticipated fight of the decade. Mayweather, undefeated in his bouts and indefensible in his history of domestic violence, has retired once and, if he wins, may be able to do so again with a legendary fight record. For Manny Pacquiao, the pride of the Philippines, an entire country will stand still to watch its favorite son who scrambled up from doughnut-selling in the streets to become a millionaire boxer, singer and congressman fight for its national pride.
When Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, their meeting will be seven years and millions of dollars in the making.
There’s plenty on the line. There may never be another fight like this again: the outsized personalities, the national pride and the future of a sport that has waned in popularity.
It’s a cognitive dissonance that may go ignored in Vegas that the two fighters, who both grew up in severe poverty, are the anchors of an event that in sheer dollar amount would swamp the GDP of many small countries. Take a look at the stakes, below: Companies paid $2.3 million to be be on Pacquiao’s shorts