What is an event? The encyclopedia definition is simple; a thing that happens or takes place, especially one of importance. Tonight’s fight between pound for pound kings Floyd Mayweather 47-0 (26 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao 57-5-2 (38 KOs) far surpasses the meager definition of an event. Tonight’s fight in Las Vegas transcends not just boxing, but sports in general. Not since the 1938 rematch between heavyweight greats Joe Louis and Max Schmeling has a boxing match seemed to stop time itself.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao is a fight that the world has waited more than five years for. Tickets are being sold for more than $150,000. This fight promises to shatter every financial record in the book. However, can it possibly live up to the hype? There are too many different narratives to even scratch the surface in a single article. The most interesting aspect of this match-up is; what happens once the fight is over? If Pacquiao manages to do the impossible and dethrone Mayweather, the fight will go down in history as one of the greatest moments in the history of the sport, but if Mayweather wins, where will Mayweather’s legion of detractors turn next?
The boxing world has been waiting since 1996 to watch Floyd Mayweather lose a professional fight, and never has had a better chance of doing so than tonight. Pacquiao has everything to gain, while Mayweather has it all to lose. May 2nd, 2015 will be a day that is remembered for far more than just a boxing match. It is the culmination of the modern era of boxing. Two of the biggest icons in sport, finally answering all the questions. No matter the outcome, it has been worth the wait.
Check back for my official fight prediction before the opening bell.