The biggest boxing event ever happened between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio, organized by Showtime Boxing. On May 2, 2015, both world champions fought at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in one of the most anticipated sporting events. The event attracted worldwide interest and set records with a reported number of pay-per-views sold. The live event was sold out, with 16,800 spectators paying upwards of $2,000 for seats. During the May 2 battle route, several areas of complexity and compromise in event planning and execution happened. The co-producers were HBO and Showtime boxing. Pacquiao’s fights were under contract with HBO. Bob Arum of Top Rank was his manager, and he also worked as a promoter for several of the HBO fights. Mayweather stated in February 2013 that he had signed a multi-fight agreement with Showtime.
At the time, the boxing world believed that now that the Mayweather— Pacquiao is done, what’s next for boxing? The inability of the two networks to forge collaboration to make the fight materialize. Individuals who had worked for one business and then joined the other, not necessarily voluntarily, were at the root of the expected deadlock between HBO and Showtime.
The two fighters had been billed as the ‘fight that should have happened’ for several years. However, there looked to be a lack of urgency on one or both sides to battle. Both were fighting for large purses in good individual contests. Mayweather’s earnings have made him one of the world’s highest-paid athletes. Pacquiao fought Juan Manuel Marquez in a series of battles that netted him money. On the other hand, Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez in December 2012 looked to weaken his bargaining leverage in a hypothetical fight with Mayweather and the fight’s attractiveness. After rejecting the fight three times, this fight finally happened and became the most significant event in the game’s history. The fight was won by Floyd Mayweather. He defeated Manny Pacquiao after 12 hard rounds of boxing by unanimous decision. The scorecard stated: 118–110, 116–112, 116–112 in the favor of still undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather.