The fistic showdown years in the making between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, a bout that has long tantalized boxing fans to no avail, is finally set for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather announced the fight, which figures to be among the most anticipated in boxing history, on Friday evening through a social-media app called Shots in which he’s an investor. “What the world has been waiting for has arrived,” he wrote underneath a photo of the signed contract. “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal.”
The matchup between these two legends has been brewing for years. But something—whether it was drug tests, the size of purse cuts or which cable network would air the pay-per-view—always put the fight on the ropes.
Verbal haymakers flew and blame shifted back and forth as to who was ducking whom. There were times when it seemed like the fight would never happen. Mayweather, who is 47-0 in his career with 26 knockouts, is now 37 years old. Pacquiao, 36, is 57-5-2, but lost two fights in 2012 and has embarked as a second career as a congressman in the Philippines.
Many exasperated boxing insiders and fans had thrown in the towel on the fight...