Boxing fans believe that this event should have taken place at least five years ago!!!
Tonight, Saturday, May 2, FLOYD "PRETTY BOY FLOYD" "MONEY" MAYWEATHER and MANNY PACQUAIO will showdown to unify the WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP in what is being billed as The FIGHT Of The CENTURY at the MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO in LAS VEGAS.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Journalists CHRIS MANNIX and GREG BISHOP report on a shopworn white legal pad, buried in a file in the desk of a network executive turned freelance producer, is a piece of boxing history. On May 1, 2010, Ross Greenburg, then president of HBO Sports, stood at the intersection of boxing's two most powerful fighters: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, welterweight kingpins and Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on everyone's pound-for-pound list.
That night, hours after Mayweather's defeat of Shane Mosley, Greenburg made a decision: He was going to give negotiations for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight another shot. Six months earlier Greenburg had been little more than a horrified bystander as promising talks between the two camps ground to a halt: open, friendly dialogue devolving into a nasty war of words.
BISHOP and MANNIX give us an exclusive insider's view on THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY: MAYWEATHER vs PACQUAIO - HOW IT ALL CAME TOGETHER.