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Manny vs Mayweather – fight of the century

The Fight of the Century, between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

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The entire tournament in Las Vegas on May 2 will be televised to DStv Premium subscribers.

The main bout is a match-up between two of the best boxers in history. Mayweather, the undefeated WBC and WBA champion, has won 11 world titles. Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight champion, has won ten titles in eight weight divisions.

“We are blessed if we have a true super-fight once every 20 years – this one measures up in every way,” Motheo Matsau, head of marketing at SuperSport, said last week.

Lehlohonolo “Hands of Stone” Ledwaba, a South African who fought Pacquiao in 2001, was a guest at the live announcement of the broadcast details on Thursday.

“Pacman beat me, so I’m not surprised to see him become one of the greats. I reckon it is going to be a great fight between two very different styles,” Ledwaba said.

“Pacman’s speed, angles and southpaw stance make him very dangerous, but Mayweather is the smartest guy around.”

The promoters expect the tournament to earn more than $74 million (over R885 million) from ticket sales alone.

Total revenues, including pay-per-view sales and sponsorships, could surpass $400 million.

Mayweather could earn $180 million for fighting Pacquiao and the Filipino is expected to take at least $100 million.

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