Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: A Match for the Ages

Does Floyd Mayweather prepare for the much-anticipated match against Manny Pacquiao, also known as “Pacman”, by beating the top score on his personal Ms. Pacman arcade game? If an inside view of his boxing club is any indication, honing his arcade gaming skills might be one of his warm-up tactics. A Ms. Pacman arcade machine sits directly to the left of the Las Vegas’ gym’s entrance. While the arcade cabinet’s presence is symbolic, it’s by no means insulting to Pacman the fighter – the game’s not easy to master. The real question is this: who will prevail in Saturday’s long-awaited boxing match?

The Time and Place

The biggest match in the history of boxing takes place on Saturday, May 2nd at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The fight between the two famed boxers will start at 8 p.m. local time, but may be delayed if the undercard fighters are well-matched.

The Matchup

Mayweather is unbeaten and rich. He has earned the most money out of any sports star worldwide. At 5’8” with a 72” reach, “Money” is a formidable foe for any who dare step into the ring with him.

Pacquiao is no easy target. His 57-5-2 record and 38 knockouts has made him a legend. However, Vegas is siding with Mayweather, giving Pacman 25-1 odds of finishing the fight with a knockout in round 8 or 9.

The Lead-Up

It’s been an exciting build-up for fans of boxing, starting on January 28 of this year. Pacman and Mayweather were spotted swapping phone numbers at a Miami Heat basketball game. The match was announced and the fighters began their lengthy training in preparation for the match. Mayweather has announced that he will be fighting only one more time after the May 2 bout, bringing an end to a 19-year career. Could a loss to Pacman change his mind?

The Money

Win or lose, both fighters are set to pull in a pretty penny, collectively at least $300 million. Mayweather isn’t skimping on his gear. His mouth guard for the fight is worth $25,000 – it’s filled with precious gems and money. The World Boxing Council announced they would be awarding a winner’s belt made of emeralds, worth $1 million, to the winner.

If you don’t want to pay the $100 cable bill to air the fight at home, you could head to a major Buffalo Wild Wings branch and pay a $20 cover charge instead. Either way, the fight of the modern age – perhaps the fight of all time – is taking place this weekend, this year, in your lifetime. Start making your Saturday plans – fights of this magnitude don’t come along every century.