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The fight of the century

13 things you should know about Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, ahead of tomorrow’s championship boxing match

Floyd Mayweather Jr., from the USA, has never been beaten in a professional boxing match. He’s been the world’s highest paid athlete since 2012, is a five-division world champion, with a total of 10 world titles, and is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the worldFloyd_Mayweather,_Jr._2011


He will wear a custom diamond-encrusted mouth guard for the fight, worth $25,000

He will make a staggering $180 million from the fight, even if he loses. If the fight lasts the full 12 rounds, this translates to a per-minute fee of almost $5 million

This will be his penultimate professional bout – he’s retiring after one more match, apparently on the advice of his father

He’s no angel, having been found guilty on numerous occasions of battering women

Filipino Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao, also known as ‘PacMan’, is also a boxing legend. He’s the first and only eight-division world champion, with 10 word titles – but he’s been beaten thrice, with three knockouts.

He is a member of the Philippines House of Representatives, apart from being an actor, singer and basketball player. He’s widely expected to one day be the President of the Philippines

His share of the $300 million purse will be $120 million, or $3.3 million per minute over 12 rounds

His dog, PacMan, accompanies him on his morning runs and gym sessions. PacMan is extremely well-travelled, too, with his own frequent flyer account

Pacquiao is no stranger to controversy, either. He’s been accused of tax fraud, and he’s also a vocal opponent of condom usage and gay marriage

The referee for tomorrow’s bout, Kenny Bayless, is reportedly to be paid $25,000 – the highest ever fee for an official

The limited number of tickets made available to the public sold out in minutes. $1000 tickets are now going for almost $100,000

The fight, taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will begin at 9.30am India time, on Sunday