Box fans get excited! Floyd Mayweather and Manny Paciquao have finally agreed to go head-to-head in the ring May 2nd. In other sports news, Kobe Bryant has confirmed he’s planning to retire after one more season. Get all the deets inside…
If you’re a boxing fan, you’ve been waiting for this fight for about five years now. And now, it’s finally about to go down! They have signed all of the paperwork and it’s official!
Undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and Manny Paciquao will hit the ring on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a huge mega-fight that will likely go down as the richest boxing match in history.
Following the two boxers meeting for the first time last month, Floyd made the official announcement on social media platform Shots (which he is in investor), showing off the official signed agreement to finally square off in the ring against Manny:
Floyd said, “I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done. 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.”
It’s expected the fight will gross around $400 million where Floyd will earn a 60-40 money split of the generated funds.
Manny seems happy to go head-to-head against the undefeated champ. He said,
“I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years,” Pacquiao said. “They have waited long enough and they deserve it. It is an honor 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.”
Well there you have it. May 2nd. MGM Grand. It’s on!
In other sports news….
If you’re a Kobe Bryant fan, you may want to grab a ticket to see the L.A. Lakers superstar next season as it will be his final NBA run.
According to THR, the 36-year-old baller has confirmed he will play for one more season to finish his two-year contract and then he’s out. Completing his contractual agreement will net him a cool $25 million.
Kobe is currently nursing an injury after undergoing surgery last month to repair his torn right rotator cuff. He’s expected to need nine months to recover from his third straight season-ending injury. So once he’s healed, he will play for one last season for his beloved Lakers and will call it quits after entering the NBA at 17-years-old. The Black Mamba will go for his 6th NBA championship next season.
NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is working to Los Angeles their very own football team. Magic will appear on daytime talk show “The Real” on Monday to reveal his plans of bringing an NFL team to the Los Angeles area. And it appears the team could be here in the next year or so.
Below is the transcript:
Loni Love: Well, I need to know since you doing all this sports, we need a football team in LA! What you gonna do about it Magic? You can do that!
The REAL: (Cheers and Claps)
Jeannie Mai: Okay, okay.
Adrienne Bailon: Talk to us, talk to us!
Magic Johnson: I’m trying to make that happen for real, but a team will be here I think in the next year or two!
Adrienne Bailon: Wow!
Magic Johnson: And LA fans deserve a football team! We have everything else and…
Loni Love: You been telling me that, but I need my football team, okay! ‘Cause you know they deflating balls, alright, ok!
Nice! We’re sure football fans in L.A. are loving this.
Photos: Getty/Patrick Wymore/WARNER BROS/Floyd’s Shots Account