“I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and to bring glory to the Philippines.”
It is a fight that is set to break all the records: highest viewing rates, highest payout, largest sponsorship deals.
It is going to be a fight that will be remembered throughout the ages as the world’s top two Boxing Champions finally go head to head in what is possibly the most highly anticipated boxing match of all time.
The fight is five years in the making. Pacquiao and Mayweather have been avoiding it since 2009 and have left fans wondering just who is the greatest pound-for-pound boxer in this day and age.
On Saturday May 2, 2015, the two will go toe to toe and put the questions to bed. On Saturday, fans will have their answer.
On the line for Mayweather is his WBC and WBA welterweight belts as well as his undefeated record (47-0, 26 KO). For Pacquiao, the stake is his WBO welterweight belt.
Mayweather, 38, is one of the most well-known athletes in the world. He has stacked up 11 world championships across five weight divisions and has defeated 20 world champions including the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao, 36, is the only boxer to have won eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.
Some of his past battles include victories over Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Marales, and Juan Manuel Marquez.
On the announcement of the fight, both Mayweather and Pacquiao mentioned that the fans were finally getting what they wanted.
Mayweather said: “What the world has been waiting for has arrived. Mayweather vs Pacquiao on May 2, 2015 is a done deal.
“Giving the fans what they want is always my main focus.”
Pacquiao said: “I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years.
“I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines.”
And the fans truly are getting what they wanted. Social media has been buzzing with comments about the fight since its announcement and at the start of this week that buzz grew even more.
Fans and boxers alike have been tweeting to show their excitement for weeks.
Sugar Ray Leonard: “Can’t wait to see @FloydMayweather and @MannyPacquiao fight on May 2! #MayweatherPacquiao”
Joe Calzaghe also tweeted: “Mayweather v Pacquiao is on! Fight everyone wants to see! May 2nd! I can’t wait!!”
Amir Khan has been tweeting non-stop about the upcoming match. He has retweeted links and videos and made multiple comments: “Mayweather announces he’s fighting Manny Pacquiao. Good luck guys. A fight we all been waiting for.”
Another British boxer, Ricky Hatton, has spoken at length with the BBC about the fight which he thought would never happen.
He thinks the fight will do wonders for the sport and put boxing ‘back in the spotlight’, saying: “Even people who aren’t boxing fans are talking about it.”
With the excitement comes the debate over who will win this blockbuster of a fight.
On social media fans are sharing their thoughts and predictions and Sky Sports have created a voting poll to see who is the favourite to take the glory.
Fans were voting by tweeting the hashtags #ImWithMoney and #ImWithManny and as April 30, 2015, Pacquiao was leading at 60 per cent.
Meanwhile, the likes of Hatton and Khan have been thinking about who they think will win.
Hatton believes Pacquiao has all the attributes to beat Mayweather.
He said: “Pacquiao has nothing to lose because he’s already been beaten. Mayweather meanwhile has got it all to lose.”
But whilst he would like to see Manny win, he thinks the money man will win on points with just ‘his nose in front’.
Khan has similar views, commenting: “It will be a good fight for a couple of rounds. I think it will go the distance but that Mayweather will win by unanimous decision.”
But whilst fans are excited at the prospect at what this fight could be, negative comments made by Mayweather have been overshadowing the build-up.
He reportedly said: “No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me.”
Mayweather has since received a lot of criticism and backlash for his comments, including a jibe from Pakistani boxer, Muhammad Waseem.
Waseem’s Facebook message read: “Floyd Mayweather said he [is] greater than Muhammad Ali #TheGreatOne and he also said he is greater than Sugar Ray Robinson.
“I think not only [have] you lost your sense but completely out of your mind. Another reason [to] support Manny Pacquiao.”
Mike Tyson also hit out at the boxing star, saying: “He’s very delusional… He’s a little, scared man.”
Muhammad Ali also hit out by tweeting: “Don’t you forget, I am the greatest!”
The ‘Fight of the Century’ will be broadcast at 4am UK time on Sunday 3rd May 2015. Coverage begins at midnight on Sunday on Sky Sports.