Filipino Manny Pacquiao was challenged via twitter to a May 5th fight by American Floyd Mayweather: “Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see,” he tweeted.
Pacquiao is one tough guy. Named Fighter of the Decade for the 2000’s and has won six world boxing titles. Mayweather won Fighter of the Year in 2007 and is considered the best “pound for pound boxer” in the world. However Mayweather’s fighting hasn’t been restricted to the ring – on Dec 21, 2011 he was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail on a battery charge related to domestic violence.
Pacquiao’s decision not to fight seems to be driven primarily by dollars as the new Vegas arena that could seat 45000 and generate approx US$50M will not be ready before end of May. The only venue available on May 5th would be the MGM Grand which only seats 17000 and will generate less than half the revenue at USD$20M.