Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The fight of the century

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The fight of the century (Image 1)

Two of the world’s highest-earning athletes are set to duke it out Saturday night in what many are calling “the fight of the century.” The fight between two of the biggest names in boxing, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, has been five years in the making, and now it’s finally here.

The fight could also break some records in Las Vegas; it’s the richest boxing match in history. There will be no losers with a profit that’s now over $360 million. 

Mayweather, who’s considered the world’s highest-paid athlete and is nicknamed “money,” could earn 60 percent of the purse totaling $150 million, maybe more. The pay has been driven into record territory by extraordinary demand.

Pacquiao, a Congressman in his home country of the Philippines, is also slated to collect a nine-figure check. The fight is so popular in the Philippines it’s been declared a national holiday.

Most of the purse will come from the $99 pay-per-view charge that people will pay to watch at home. Restaurants and bars are also expected cash in, and the sold-out crowd at MGM Grand where the fight is held has pulled in $72 million in ticket sales – surpassing the Super Bowl.

“I’m excited. Everybody’s excited. The fans all around the world, I know they’re excited, so I’m happy,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao says this fight will live up to the hype. Both he and Mayweather have finished their last training sessions, and both seem confident.

“I’m not 47-0 for no reason, ’cause obviously I’ve been doing something right,” Mayweather said.

Retired boxer Oscar de la Hoya has been in the ring with both men.

“We’ve been waiting for this fight for about five years now, so the anticipation of the best fighting the best has been going on for so long now that people cannot wait to watch this fight. It’s going to be a great fight,” de la Hoya said.

“The fans deserve a good fight, deserve to be satisfied on Saturday, because they’re paying more than double compared to regular fight,” said Pacquiao.

Mayweather and Pacquiao meet again for the official weigh-in Friday night.

CNN and NBC News contributed to this report. Copyright 2015 WFLA. All rights reserved.

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