Mayweather-Pacquiao fight set on May 2 via 60-40 split
MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATED) The fight is on! Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao will finally face one another in the boxing ring on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao uploaded a photo of the contract signed by Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank CEO Robert Arum (Bob Arum) in an Instagram post earlier today, confirming that the fight is on:
Finally he sign the contract so the fight is on, this is what im talking about that I sign already before, im just explaining to the fans and to prove that im not lying, i have the fear of the Lord. So this is it! The fight is on fans you deserve it thank you. to God be all the Glory.
In response, Floyd Mayweather Jr uploaded a photo on selfie app Shots showing the same contract signed twice with his own signature as Floyd Mayweather Jr and CEO of Mayweather Promotions, LLC:
What the world has been waiting for has arrived. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal. I promised the fans we would get this done, and we did. We will make history on May 2nd. Don't miss it! This is the signed contract from both fighters.
Manny Pacquiao later uploaded another photo of the signed contract, with a quote coming from the Bible:
Honesty is the way the Lord want us to do. Matthew 12:36-37 NIV  But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” God Bless everyone thank you.
Honesty is the way the Lord want us to do. Matthew 12:36-37 NIV  But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” God Bless everyone thank you. A photo posted by Manny Pacquiao (@emmanuelpacquiao) on
Dan Rafael of ESPN confirmed that the bout will be set at the Welterweight limit of 147 pounds. The payout will be split 60-40 (in favor of Mayweather), with both fighters wearing their "usual brand of gloves".
The weight limit is 147, there is no rematch clause, each man wears their usual brand of gloves, 60-40 split.
The weight limit is 147, there is no rematch clause, each man wears their usual brand of gloves, 60-40 split. #MayweatherPacquiao
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) February 20, 2015
It is unclear how HBO and Showtime will be handling broadcast rights. HBO posted a tweet that Mayweather-Pacquiao will be live on Pay-per-view on May 2, 2015.
The fight is on. May 2, 2015. Live on pay-per-view. pic.twitter.com/QDagGn0EEw
— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 20, 2015
Showtime Sports EVP Stephen Espinosa later tweeted this photo, signed by himself, HBO Sports President Ken Hershman, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In anticipation of the fight, sports website bleacher report posted an edited photo showing Manny Pacquiao in the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr along the tale of the tape.
Floyd Mayweather Jr
weight: 147-154 pounds
reach: 72 in (183 cm)
weight: 140-147 pounds
height: 5'6 1/2"
reach: 67 in (170 cm)
Floyd Mayweather Jr holds an undefeated record of 47 wins, 0 losses while Manny Pacquiao holds a record of 57 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws. Pacquiao's last fight was against Chris Algieri, whom he defeated via unanimous decision after scoring six knockdowns.