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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Floyd Mayweather: I'm going to make history with Manny

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather is relishing the chance to finally go toe-to-toe with Manny Pacquiao after announcing the long-awaited fight will take place in May.

The undefeated 11-times world champion announced the bout by posting a picture of the signed contract on social media platform Shots on Friday night, adding: "I promised the fans we would get this done and we did."

Mayweather, unbeaten after 47 professional fights, and Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, will now go head-to-head in a welterweight world championship unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2.

"I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done," Mayweather said in a statement.

"Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus. This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport. Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2.

"I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win. Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won't be successful. He will be number 48."

Pacquiao echoed Mayweather's sentiments over the bout and is excited to be part of such a massive occasion.

"I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years," he said in a statement.

"They have waited long enough and they deserve it. It is an honour to be part of this historic event. I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world."

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