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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Everything you need to know

By Jack deMenezes

British boxing fans will be able to watch the superfight between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao live on Sky Sports Box Office after they won the rights to broadcast the bout between the two global superstars.

The fight, which takes place on 2 May, sees two of the greatest fighters to have graced the ring finally collide having first been linked with a showdown in 2009. Both boxers have dominated the welterweight scene in recent years, though have somehow avoided facing each other until now.

The welterweight championship unification battle sees unbeaten Mayweather (47-0-0) put his WBC and WBA titles on the line, while Pacquiao (57-5-2) will risk his WBO championship and will be hoping to add to his incredible tally of 10 world titles.

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “This fight has everything and is set to be one of the biggest sports events of the year. As the home of boxing in the UK and Republic of Ireland, we’re thrilled to be awarded the rights.

“We’ll provide Sky Sports viewers with the best possible build-up across our channels and outlets and the best coverage of the fight itself from our team in Las Vegas.”

Sky Sports beat off competition from BoxNation to win the right to screen the fight, which will take place at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning with the fight card getting underway late on Saturday 2 May.

The fight will cost £19.95 to purchase on Box Office, and will cost an additional £2 booking fee for those who book the fight by phone.

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