Joy Sports’ Gary Al-Smith gets you all you need to know about the much-anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao as the boxing world awaits their clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
When is the fight?
Given that Las Vegas is eight hours behind Ghana, boxing’s two biggest stars will lock horns on Sunday, May 3 at 3am for Ghanaian fans.
The first fight of the event will take place at 10pm on Saturday evening with the main event five hours later. If you are lucky enough to be attending the fight, doors will open at the MGM Grand at 9pm Ghana time.
Where is the fight?
At the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.
Can I still buy tickets?
The more than 16,000 tickets withheld from the public sale will reportedly be split among the MGM Grand, the networks and the two camps.
What do the tickets look like?
ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell reported that tickets have been sold for as much as $41,000 (£26,000). He has also provided a preview of what the tickets look like:
How can I watch it?
Ghanaian boxing fans can watch the fight via pay-TV channel SuperSport on their channel 206, but only to premium subscribers.
Premium subscribers get a little something extra, especially if you are on the Explora option. No free-to-air station has as yet acquired the rights to show the bout, as at press time.
Will the fight go the distance?
The bookies certainly think so with the odds suggesting a marathon bout is on the cards. Yes: 2/7 No: 5/2
How much will the fighters earn?
Mayweather and Pacquiao will split the purse 60/40 in Mayweather’s favour. Reports have circulated that Mayweather will earn $150 million (£94m) and Pacquiao $100 million (£62m) respectively.
Height: 5ft 8ins
Record: 47-0, 26 knockouts
Estimated career earnings: $420 million
Height: 5ft 6ins
Record: 57 wins, 5 defeats, 2 draws. 38 knockouts.
Estimated career earnings: $340 million
Where to get pre-bout buildup
Available throughout the week on all Multimedia Group platforms: Joy FM, Aseda FM, Asempa FM, Luv FM, Nhyira FM, Adom FM, Myjoyonline.com and Multi TV.
Who is the referee?
Experienced referee Kenny Bayless has been appointed to officiate over the bout. Nevada Commission-appointed Bayless is no stranger to either competitor, having stepped into the ring with either competitor a total of nine times previously.
Mayweather worked with Bayless in his rematch against Marcos Maidana, as well the bouts with Canelo Alvarez, Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya.
For Pacquiao, Bayless officiated in his rematch with Timothy Bradley, his bouts with Mosley and Miguel Cotto while also orchestrating the third and fourth scraps against Juan Manuel Marquez. The selected judges for the fight were Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman.
Who is on the undercard?
Main Event: WBC and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather vs. WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao
Televised PPV undercard:
* WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs)
* WBO Featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) vs. Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs)
* Chris “Sweet” Pearson (11-0, 9 KOs) vs. Said El Harrak (12-2, 7 KOs)
* Jesse Hart (16-0, 13 KOs) vs. Mike Jimenez (17-0, 11 KOs)
* Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (9-0, 9 KOs) vs. Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 KOs)
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