The Fight of the Century
Floyd Mayweather has plenty of great fights on his resume, but without a doubt, the biggest bout of his career was his 2015 match with Manny Pacquiao. A pugilist from the Philippines, Pacquiao won 11 titles in eight different weight classes, and fans had been clamoring to see him throw down with Mayweather for years. However, due to all sorts of contractual problems, many assumed the superfight would never happen. Money won out, though; the boxers worked out their issues and went to war in May 2015.
Labeled the “Fight of the Century,” the May-Pac match was one of the most anticipated events in boxing history. In fact, in an era where boxing was losing viewers, many believed this was the bout that would save the sport. So naturally, with all the hype leading up to the fight, people were shelling out insane amounts of money to watch these two stars go at it. Pay-per-views sold for $100, and the cheapest tickets were priced at $1,500. (On the black market, they were going for as much as $350,000.)
In addition to earning pay-per-view points, Mayweather and Pacquiao were competing for a $300 million purse, not to mention a million-dollar belt studded with emeralds. But when it came time for the actual showdown, the Fight of the Century didn’t exactly pan out the way that everyone had hoped.