LAS VEGAS (WOOD) — The countdown started five years ago, and now there are only 19 days until Floyd Mayweather Jr. meets Manny Pacquaio in the ring.
At his Las Vegas camp last week, Mayweather — a 38-year-old Grand Rapids native — had a grueling sparring session, worked out on the heavy bag, then took a six-mile run before he called it a day.
Mayweather’s May 2 fight against Pacquiao will be the richest in the history of boxing. Mayweather is expected to rake in more than $180 million and Pacquiao, a 36-year-old from the Philippines, should earn more than $100 million.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where the fight will happen, will make some $72 million off the gate alone, the Associated Press reports. Then there’s pay-per-view revenue and sponsorships.
And good luck finding an affordable room in Las Vegas that weekend: A quick check of Hotels.com shows most hotels on the strip will run you close to $1,000 per night.
“Floyd Mayweather means everything to the city of Las Vegas,” his promotor Leonard Ellerbe told 24 Hour News 8. “The city of Las Vegas, they need to build a statue. They need to do a lot of things and embrace this young man. The enormous amount of revenue he’s brought into this city for a number of years, is just unbelievable. ”
Mayweather is 47-0 professionally. As he worked out last week, he wore a shirt that listed the opponents he has bested.
He is in a good place heading into the fight. His father Floyd Mayweather Sr., from whom he was estranged for some time, is back in his corner and training him.
“God is in this picture, man. Who else could have did this?” said Mayweather Sr., who was also a boxer and showed his son the ropes. “We was at odds, man. But he came into the door one day and tapped me on the shoulder and he said, ‘Daddy, I want you to be head coach.’ And he said, “And I don’t want to take anymore punches.’ So he asked me did I want to come on. I said, ‘You’re my son, man.’ I mean, what else can I say?”
Mayweather Jr.’s uncles Roger and Jeff Mayweather are also part of his team.