Negotiations for the fight were dramatic in own right

John Halewood Dodd.
John Halewood Dodd.

This weekend a boxing match is set to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that many of those who follow the sport thought would never occur.

Promoted as the Fight of the Century, the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is certainly the most highly anticipated ever.

The history of the negotiations behind getting the fight on are dramatic in their own right. They began as early as 2009 but disagreements between the two camps over the purse-split, location and drug testing seemed insurmountable.

Given the money involved it’s perhaps not too surprising that those differences were able to be ironed out. It is anticipated that over $400 million will be raised, with ringside tickets reportedly exchanging hands for $250,000.

Figures that make the eyes water, but both men have vied to be the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world for years, and that’s what makes them such hot properties.

At 38 years of age Mayweather is the bookies favourite with 47 professional fights without loss he has been world champion at five different weights.

Pacquiao is no slouch with 64 bouts and 57 victories he is the first and only eight-division world champion.

With records such as those it is easy to see why this bout has reached the levels of hype that it has.

Las Vegas really is the place to be this weekend if you follow pugilism.

I have been lucky enough to see both men fight in Vegas when they each defeated our very own Ricky Hatton.

I would love to be there but can’t be.

However, some friends have gone and I’m sure they’ll have a brilliant time as the atmosphere will be electric.

I had decided, as will millions of others, to settle for second best and watch it on pay-per-view television. That was until I realised that I am on 24 hour police station call out.

With the fight due to start at 4am it will be my luck to be called out for someone arrested seeing themselves as a booze fuelled World Champion just as the real thing is about to start.