Its Official! The long awaited boxing match between champions Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is on and scheduled for May 2, 2015. The young'uns ain't so young anymore, but the fire to face one another still burns bright.
Forget everything you've heard over the years about these two tigers. Forget what you've seen them do or not do in the ring in recent bouts. Forget their ages, their championship belts and their wealth. When these two step into the ring to face one another in May, no bet is safe as eyes and ears of every boxing fan in the universe will be tuned in to what has to be the most awaited sports event modern day media has hosted.
Between today's announcement and the bell sounding the start of the first round, much will be discussed, debated and disclosed pertaining to these two veteran fighters. Everything about their careers will be put under a microscope and analyzed to help determine who has the edge.
Well boxing fans, I gotta tell you now, there simply ain't no edge. This fight just ain't no ordinary championship fight.
Barring a knockout or draw, the scorecard will likely not produce the actual winner. The winner of this fight will be determined by the eyes and ears of those watching around the world. We as boxing fans know when a fighter has been beaten. We hope to be treated to a clean boxing match that lives up to our expectations of these two champions. We pray that the judges, promoters and gamblers do the right thing and let only the skills of the boxers determine the outcome.
Professional Boxing has the opportunity to clean up its dirty ways and put on a clean production with the world watching. Don't let us down. Better yet, don't let Boxing down. We've all waited way too long for this one.
Black History Moment: The first African-American champion of any sport was boxing great Joe Gans; father of the 'sweet science of boxing.' Kinda resembles the first black President wouldn't you say?
Name: Joe Gans
Alias: Old Master
Birth Name: Joseph Gant
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died: 1910-08-10 (Age:35)
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Height: 5′ 6½″ / 169cm
Reach: 71″ / 180cm
Boxing Record: click