The most anticipated match in boxing history is on its way and Sky have been awarded the rights to air it exclusively on Sky Box Office. For any self-respecting boxing fan, this represents a dream matchup between two of the most decorated fighters ever. If you weren’t excited enough already, here are just some of the reasons why you shouldn’t be anywhere else on May 2nd.
Billed as two of the best boxers of all time, Mayweather will be testing his 19-year undefeated streak against the man who has won world championships in 8 different weight divisions. With 47 wins under his belt, the majority of which being by KO, Mayweather is an 11-time world champion that no one has yet been able to topple.
Years in the making
This fight is one that has been in the making for many years, with both camps coming to loggerheads over the purse in the past. Since 2009, various contract disputes have stopped arguably the two biggest fighters in history clashing, but the superfight was confirmed in February this year. Mayweather v Pacquiao is a match that has been through many potential iterations, with the latest being last year, when the Pacman offered the fight as a charity event. In a build up that’s seen phrases such as “desperate dog” and “not on my level” thrown out, tensions are high as this 6 year pot threatens to boil over.
The Grandest Stage
The historic MGM Grand, Las Vegas will host the fight that boxing experts are expecting to be the highest grossing bout in history, with $300 million potentially being made in PPV buys and ticket sales. US viewers will have to pay just under $90 to view the match on PPV and with ticket prices ranging from $3,500 to $250,000, the pennies down your sofa are unlikely to cover it. Thanks to Sky Box Office, however, UK boxing fans will only spend £19.95 to view the event, which you can order by phone or through your remote.
Sky’s the limit
Sky Sports will be airing build-up to the match across a number of its channels, including exclusive access to both fighters’ training camps. At the event itself, analysis of the fight will come from former world champions Johnny Nelson and Jim Watt as well as leading boxing presenter Adam Smith. Sky Sports customers can also enjoy the exclusive magazine show Ringside as well as the Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast.