Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have finally agreed to step into the ring against one another on May 2, it was announced on Friday.
Reports that the two would go head-to-head have circulated for years, and the news that Mayweather and Pacquiao, widely considered the best fighters of their generation, would finally face each other has spread as swiftly as punches are sure to fly at the MGM Grand when the two square off.
The agreement's specific terms have yet to be announced, but it has been reported that the deal could be worth as much as $250 million.
Below are just a selection of tweets posted after the announcement, all of which reflect the excitement and enthusiasm that will greet the long-awaited match-up of the sport's two best competitors.
I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years.— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiaoTR) February 21, 2015
WOOOO-HOOOO! Finally! Floyd quit running and got shamed into risking his rep vs Pacquiao. May 2! Floyd Mayweather gets his butt kicked.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 20, 2015
FINALLY for the 1st time in maybe 4 years Manny Pacquiao can get serious about a fight. All he has wanted for 4-5 years was MAYWEATHER.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 20, 2015
Mayweather announces he's fighting Manny Pacquiao. Good luck guys. A fight we all been waiting for.— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 20, 2015
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquio are finally going to fight?!?! Better late than never. The only fight that can save the sweet science!— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) February 20, 2015
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