After almost five years of waiting and countless jabs outside the ring, it looks like the fight that the whole universe has been dying to see will finally happen.
After taking care of their last fights in convincing fashion, reaffirming their place as the top two boxers of this era, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. resuscitated the proposed mega fight that’s been looming over their heads for years.
Both camps have ducked danced their way around the potential $300 million-bout with a series of mocking statements and accusations hampering the negotiations. The supersized egos and outrageous demands between the two camps also played a huge part why the proposed super fight couldn’t get done.
This time though, it looks like both camps are ready to let the past slide and finally give fight fans what they deserve.
Reports have been nothing but positive, and just last January 14, Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, told Yahoo! Sports that Manny has agreed to terms for a May 2 bout with Mayweather. Money’s final approval is now the only thing that's in the way of the long-awaited fight. And then our Pambansang Kamao also gave us another juicy info: the fight will be possibly be announced by the end of the month. Can we hear an "Amen"?!
To be honest, we were beginning to lose hope that this boxing spectacle would come to fruition. But now we're here. And as we wait for that glorious day of the official fight announcement, we'd like to look back at all the failed negotiations, mudslinging (mostly from Floyd's camp), and ring action that lined our journey to this point.
Scroll down below for our lengthy, complete timeline of Pacquiao vs. Mayweather!
May 2, 2009
On the same day as Pacquiao vs. Hatton, Mayweather announces that he’s coming out of retirement and is slated to fight Juan Manuel Marquez. He didn’t even recognize Pacman as on par with his level, saying:
“If he wins tonight, don't be all shocked... Cause guess what? I beat (Hatton) when he was undefeated (via tenth-round TKO). Pacquiao beat Oscar, it don't matter. Going down to 147 pounds was too much for (De La Hoya), he was dead after the first round. I also think that Marquez beat him twice. When you talk boxing, you talk Floyd Mayweather.”
Manny KO’d Hatton in brutal fashion in the second round.
Mayweather Sr. accuses Pacquiao of being on some kind of "supplements,” questioning the Filipino's ability to maintain his killer speed and knockout power despite rising to several weight classes.
April 16, 2009
Arum gets involved with the negotiations. Given the bad blood between him and Money (Floyd acrimoniously bolted from Top Rank in 2006), the talks immediately went murky, reportedly primarily because of the huge money split and the big egos clashing for both camps.
November 14, 2009
Manny decimates Miguel Cotto in twelve rounds, en route to winning the WBO welterweight title. The victory stamps Pacman’s arrival on the welterweight division, the same class where Floyd reigns supreme. The world immediately demanded a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
Even with the fight yet to be made, Pacquiao opened as an 8-5 favorite in Las Vegas odds.
Reports indicate that the Oscar Dela Hoya-led Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) approached Pacquiao in a bid to make the mega fight. Unlike Arum's Top Rank, Mayweather is on good terms with Golden Boy.
For the first time in months, the negotiation seemed to be moving forward. The fight was apparently set for March 2010 and was bound to take place at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. However, both sides got in a heated debate on which glove size to use and weight class should the fighters meet. Mayweather apparently wanted to fight at 154 pounds with 10-ounce gloves, while Pacquiao's camp demanded eight-ounce gloves and to fight at 147 pounds.
Image via roundbyroundboxing.com
But what really sank the boat was Mayweather's demand for Olympic-style random drug testing prior to the fight. Pacquiao refused to give in to Money’s request believing that drawing blood before a fight would weaken him.
Mayweather’s camp continued accusing Pacquaio of using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). Pacquiao then decide to pursue legal action based on what he believed were damaging allegations against him.
After both fighters failed to meet each other's demands and deadlines, and with a legal battle already on its way, Arum declares the fight off. Even with a few barbs here and there, the two won't be engaging in any serious negotiations for a long time to come.
September 17, 2011
After winning via unanimous decision and dethroning then-WBC Welterweight beltholder Victor Ortiz, Mayweather gets in a verbal skirmish with the legendary Larry Merchant during their post-fight interview.
Video via B
It really has nothing to do with the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, but if you hate Mayweather, you know its must-see TV.
December 22, 2011
Money Mayweather pleads guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges. He was sentenced to served 90 days or at least three months in jail.
June 2, 2012
Mayweather enters the Clark County Detention Center in Nevada, beginning his 90-day jail time. Everything about his boxing career, including the potential bout with Pacquiao was put in a complete halt.
June 9, 2012
After not coming to terms with Mayweather's camp once again (Manny was reportedly offered $40 million), PacMan's camp decides to face rising star Timothy Bradley. The Desert Storm would then shock the world as he upsets Manny in a highly controversial split decision, giving Pacquiao his first loss in seven years.
December 8, 2012
After sharing the ring three times already, and having every contest end in highly disputed results, Pacquiao and rival Juan Manuel Marquez agree to fight for the fourth time.
We know what happened next: Manny was viciously knocked out by Marquez at the last second of the sixth round, giving the Mexican the defining win of their amazing rivalry.
The loss also knocked out one of boxing's superpowers off of his throne, which almost spelled doom for the long-awaited super fight.
September 25, 2012
Mayweather and Pacquiao reach a confidential settlement in their federal defamation case concerning PEDs. Mayweather’s camp issued a statement saying "[they] wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs, nor are they aware of any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs."
December 25, 2013
Floyd Mayweather mocks Pacquiao with his "Christmas card to the world" post on Twitter.
Photo via Twitter @FloydMayweather
And if you think that was the last of it, guess again:
… Now you’re telling me I got to eat Juan Marquez’s leftovers? Let me talk to the IRS about this… pic.twitter.com/Tmf9oqTbFP— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) December 26, 2013
PacMan took the high road and refused to fire back.
July 2, 2014
While attending an awards ceremony, the International Business Times reports that Mayweather might have just dropped a hint about something big, and was believed to be pertaining about the superfight with Manny.
"September 13, back to business, Marcos Maidana v Floyd Mayweather part two," Mayweather said, according to ESPN.co.uk. "Then in May, I'll have a big surprise for you."
September 13, 2014
After drubbing Marcos Maidana en route to a unanimous decision on their rematch, Mayweather hints about finally fighting Pacquiao on May 2015 during his post-fight interview. "If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, let's make it happen," says Floyd.
November 19, 2014
Pacquiao appears on a Foot Locker commercial dubbed "It's Happening!" The video is obviously a jab at Floyd's apparent ducking of Pacquiao for years.
Yes, Manny, it really looks like he's going to fight you now!
Video via Footlocker
November 22, 2014
After dominating Chris Algieri in one of the most lopsided match in boxing history, Manny finally tells the world that he wants a piece of Mayweather in the ring.
Such a class act, Money.