After months of negotiations with Mayweather's team, Sky Sports have emerged the victors in the battle with BoxNation and earnt the exclusive rights for what might well be one of the biggest fights of all time. We speak, of course, about the welterweight World Champion unification clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, two bitter rivals who have yet to settle the score inside the ring. The contest, one of the most eagerly anticipated and valuable bouts in boxing history, will be broadcast live from MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is expected to see millions tuning in live on the 2nd of May to see how it all shakes out.
Bringing together two of the greatest boxers of all time was never easy, with the timing rarely seeing right for both fighters, but with the bout on the cards now and rumours of Manny practicing with only his left hand, it's set to be nothing short of a stunner. Mayweather is known for his tough talking, heavy hitting style, and is not short of confident going into the bout, having never lost a fight (47-0-0) and sanding as the 11 time world champion and holder of the WBC and WBA titles. Manny Pacquiao has been the bookies early favourite, with Mayweather not expected to be able to handle the southpaws explosive style. He does have the worse record, though he has taken part in more fights (57-5-2), and is the reigning WBO welterweight world champion and winner of 10 world titles.
Boxing fans around the world will be able to follow the pre-fight build up across Sky's digital and TV channels, but the fight itself will be shown exclusively on Sky Box Office, with tickets available at Sky customer services phone number 0844 or on the Sky Box Office website for a one off fee of £19.95 on your Sky bill if you book before the 2nd of May, on the 2nd, the price will go up to £24.95.
Analysis of the fight will be provided by Adam Smith, former world cruiserweight champion Johnny Belson and former world lightweight champion Jim Watt, alongside a range of boxing experts who will be chiming in with analysis as the fight progresses. Viewers on Sky Sports can also look forward to to an extensive schedule of coverage, including the weekly magazine programme Ringside, the Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast series and feature length interviews with both fighters. Sky Sports News HQ will be in Las Vegas during the final build-up to bring the latest news and analysis from both camps including the official press conferences, and weigh-in as the two fighters complete their training camps and anticipation reaches fever pitch.
Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “This fight has everything and is set to be one of the biggest sports events of the year. As the home of boxing in the UK and Republic of Ireland, we’re thrilled to be awarded the rights. We’ll provide Sky Sports viewers with the best possible build-up across our channels and outlets and the best coverage of the fight itself from our team in Las Vegas.”
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