The Richest Fight in Boxing History . . . but 10 Fights or 2 Years May Make a Difference!
After five years the long awaited clash between the two finest Welterweight fighters of our generation, the American Floyd Mayweather and Manny Paquiao, from the Philippines, is scheduled to take place on the 2nd May 2015.
A meeting between the two fighters was discussed back in 2009 and was scheduled to take place on March 2010, however, Paquiao refused the American demands for both to have Olympic style drug testing during training and as a result the fight did not happen then.
However, the fight will now take place on the aforementioned date failing any encumbrances.
It was estimated that both fighters would have earned in excess of 25 million in 2010, now, 5 years later it is estimated that both fighters will earn in excess of 100 million from a gate that could exceed one quarter of a billion dollars!
It was with great pride that on the 21st. October 2014, I attended the unveiling of a portrait of the pioneering boxer Dick Turpin, the former British Middleweight Champion, and the first non-white boxer to win a British title under the administration of the British Boxing Board of Control on his defeating Vince Hawkins at Villa Park in 1948.
Readers will understand the pride of history busting emotions that welled-up inside me when I was asked to represent the Midland Boxing Council (MBC) at this very significant event.
The irony of being asked by the British Boxing Board of Control; that I've been a Council Member for 10 years, to attend and represent the Board at an event that recognized the boxer who contributed so much to the changing face of British sporting history, made me feel really proud.
It was the Board that changed the colour bar rule in 1947, a rule the British Boxing Board of Control had inherited from the National Sporting Club in 1929.
The National Sporting Club (NSC) was the original administrators of British boxing, and had incorporated the colour-bar rule in 1911. The colour-bar rule was an amalgam of racism, politics, and ignorance, but the purpose of this short piece is to honour the man who contributed to the discarding of this ignominious piece of social exclusion to the dustbin of British sporting history.
I was picked up at my home by fellow Council Member, Richard Vaughan, who, on a damp, cold, drizzle swamped afternoon, expertly motored through the complex systems of our motor ways and by-ways to reach Warwick, where the unveiling would take place. We got there with time to spare, so we decided to walk around this quaint little town that has a history going back to medieval times.