May 1st is looking like it might be a busy day. First Dana White mentions that the plan is return to Montreal for that date, and then Lyoto Machida mentions that May 1st will be the day he’ll be rematching Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. But there’s a potential problem for everything that’s been set up: a boxing superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather could be happening on the same day.
Now this isn’t some dick move by boxing to go head to head with MMA (that’s the UFC’s shtick), but I’m sure after the UFC lost both the UFC 103 vs Mayweather / Marquez and UFC 105 vs Pacquiao / Cotto battles, fans of the sweet science would love for May 1st to mark a 30-27 route even MMA judges couldn’t misinterpret.
The meeting of Pacquiao and Mayweather will be the biggest fight for at least a decade, and could overhaul many revenue records, with May 1 2010 the projected date of the contest, most likely in Las Vegas.
The all-time pay-per-view record is the 2.44 million buys generated by Mayweather’s 2007 win against Oscar De La Hoya. It is expected that a meeting of Pacquiao and Mayweather could sell over 2.5 million pay per view buys, and gross over $100 million.
So what do you think? Will Dana and the UFC hold on stubbornly to their May 1st plans even if Mayweather vs Pacquiao is solidified? Or are you betting on petty boxing politics to kill this superfight or at least delay it?