Undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has promised to give fans "the biggest event in the history of the sport" after setting a date for his much-anticipated showdown with Manny Pacquiao. The ring rivals have been in negotiations on and off since 2008 to strike a deal, and on 30 January (15), Mayweather, Jr. finally signed off on the fight.
'Money' Mayweather has since confirmed the news, revealing the two boxers will go head-to-head on 2 May (15) at Las Vegas' MGM Grand.
In a statement, he writes: "Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus. This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport.
"Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2. I am The Best Ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win. Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won't be successful. He will be number 48."
Pacquiao, aka Pac-Man, adds, "I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years. They have waited long enough and they deserve it. It is an honor to be part of this historic event."
The official announcement emerges five months after Mayweather, Jr. revealed his hopes to retire from the sport after three more fights, to take his tally to a round 50.
The fight of the century is on again - boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. have reached an agreement and will hit the ring together in Las Vegas later this year (15). The sportsmen almost met years ago, but they couldn't strike a deal.
Insiders claim Pacquiao agreed to the fight weeks ago, but his opponent didn't sign off until Friday (30Jan15).
TMZ.com reports the two boxers met in person at a Miami Heat basketball game earlier this week (beg26Jan15).
An official announcement is expected in the coming days.
Actress Sofia Vergara took time out of the Screen Actors Guild Awards afterparties on Sunday (25Jan15) to congratulate her fellow countrywoman Miss Colombia after she was crowned Miss Universe. Paulina Vega beat Miss USA Nia Sanchez to claim the prestigious title at property mogul Donald Trump's annual pageant in Florida on Sunday night and Vergara wasted no time in celebrating the 22 year old's win with a congratulatory post online.
The Modern Family star, who was attending the SAG Awards in Los Angeles at the time of the beauty contest, took to her WhoSay.com account after the results news broke and shared a photo of Vega to mark the occasion.
In the accompanying caption, she simply wrote, "Barranquilla!!!!! Miss Universe!!!!", referring to Vega's native city.
Singer Ricky Martin also celebrated Vega's big win by uploading a congratulatory voicemail message in Spanish for the business administration student via Twitter.com.
Former Miss USA, Shanna Moakler, who now serves as a director for the Miss USA contests, also tweeted about the pageant results, writing, "Over the moon happy for @missusa 1st runner up at Miss Universe!! I am so proud and so honored to have been apart of your journey. I love u (sic).
"Congrats to Colombia Universe! and ALL the national directors, this has been such an honor... thank u #MissUniverse for an incredible show!"
The competition featured performances from Latin hunk Prince Royce and singer Nick Jonas, while the star-studded judging panel included actor/model William Levy, Gloria Estefan's producer husband Emilio Estefan, and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.
Last year's (14) Miss Universe contest was won by Venezuela's Gabriela Isler.
"I stopped singing... I like singing. I love music... but I don't think music loves me. My first album was platinum in the Philippines, so that's good enough." Boxer Manny Pacquiao announces his retirement from music.
Latin singer Prince Royce and pop star Nick Jonas have been tapped to perform at the upcoming 2015 Miss Universe pageant. The Dominican-American heartthrob will take the stage to sing his latest English-language single, Stuck On A Feeling, as well as his Spanish-language hit song Darte Un Beso.
Meanwhile, Jonas will perform his hit song Jealous. The former Jonas Brothers star has a special connection with the annual pageant - his girlfriend Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe in 2012.
The beauty contest will also have a star-studded judging panel, including telenovela actor William Levy, reality TV stars Kristin Cavallari and Lisa Vanderpump, and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.
The 63rd Annual Miss Universe pageant will air live from Doral, Florida on 25 January (15).
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal lost out on love while making new movie Southpaw because he was too busy training to play a boxer for romance. The End of Watch star lost 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms) for his movie Nightcrawler and director Antoine Fuqua needed the 33 year old to bulk up for his boxing movie, after it was announced Gyllenhaal would replace rapper Eminem.
The actor hit the gym twice-a-day every day to pack on 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) of muscle, and Fuqua fears his demands may have cost his leading man a romance.
The director says, "I pretty much had him with me and my trainer every day. I took him to almost every fight. I had him train at Floyd Mayweather's gym in Vegas and we watched Floyd's fights, and the Manny Pacquiao fight. He trained in New York at Church Gym with real fighters. We literally turned him into a beast...
"I asked this guy from day one, 'I need you in the gym every day. I need you to train every day', and I said, 'The word is sacrifice, literally'... He was training like a fighter. I had him sparring, really getting hit. I put him in situations where I wanted to see what he was made of. No one but fighters understand the sacrifice it takes to be a fighter.
"I think he broke up with his girlfriend because he was just in the gym every day."
Gyllenhaal had just rekindled his on/off romance with Sports Illustrated model Alyssa Miller when he was cast in Southpaw in March (14).
Puerto Rican actress Gina Rodriguez will be ringside for Manny Pacquiao's upcoming boxing match in China because her father is refereeing the fight.
The Filly Brown star's dad is Genaro Rodriguez, who has been a top boxing official for over three decades, and he'll be in the ring for Pacquiao's fight with Chris Algieri on 22 November (14) at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macao in Macau. And his daughter will be cheering him on.
She says, "I'm gonna go to his next fight in China, the Pacquiao fight in Macau. (I'm gonna be) ringside; I'm ready for the blood and the sweat. I'll be wearing a raincoat and an Ebola Hazmat suit."
Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is planning to step away from the ring and retire after three more fight nights. The 37 year old mapped out his plans to walk away from the sport during an interview with ESPN's Dan Raphael, ahead of his rematch with Marcos Maidana on Saturday (13Sep14).
The revered sports writer says, "Floyd said he will fight Saturday, then in May and have his last fight next September."
With 47 wins under his belt, the Maidana rematch and two more fights could take his tally to a round 50.
Challengers are not yet known but insiders feel sure Britain's Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao will be on the list. Pacquiao recently announced his plans to retire either next year or in 2016 to focus his attention on a political career in his native Philippines.
Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has hinted he'll retire from the ring in 2016 to pursue a full-time political career in the Philippines. The fighter and entertainer has told a Filipino radio station he plans to run for the Senate in his homeland - and that will mark the end of his incredible boxing career, during which the 35 year old has won world titles in eight different weight divisions.
He told DZMM, "There's a big possibility that I will run for Senator. The United Nationalist Alliance party asked me to join its slate and I am grateful they picked me."
Pacquiao has been involved in politics in the Philippines for many years and currently stands as a congressman for Sarangani province.
Meanwhile, he is in training for a November (14) fight against America's Chris Algieri in China.
Chris Brown and Drake patched up their differences to shoot a hilarious skit that aired during the ESPYS sports awards telecast in America on Wednesday night (16Jul14). The rapper, who was hosting the show from L.A. Live in Los Angeles, pretended to be at war with basketball star Blake Griffin over a title for their new movie, as they argued over who should take top billing.
The Los Angeles Clippers star promised to make Drake change his mind and call the film Blake & Drake and was spotted in scrubs in surgery ready to remove the rap star's appendix.
As the ESPYS host pretended to fall asleep under anaesthesia, Griffin promised all the nurses surrounding him free doughnuts in the kitchen and then revealed his true identity, as Drake said, "Oh my God, you're the surgeon?"
Griffin responded, "I'm not the surgeon, he is," pointing to Brown, who said, 'Yo, motherf**ker!"
The basketball star and the singer then stood over Drake as he went under.
Brown and Drake recently made amends after a nightclub brawl in 2012.
Brown and Griffin popped up again at the end of the skit as they pretended to take over hosting duties from Drake onstage, with the R&B star calling himself "America's sweetheart". Drake was seen bound and gagged backstage on a big screen behind them.
Drake showed off his comedy skills at the top of the show as he poked fun at Clippers boss Donald Sterling, American football star Johnny Manziel and basketball star Lance Stephenson.
He also performed a "new track" called Honorable Mention, which poked fun at all the athletes who came in second in the past year, and then teamed up with Brian McKnight for a tune called Side Pieces about sports stars' mistresses.
Another highlight came when he appeared in a skit as boxer Manny Pacquiao, attempting to record a new version of Frozen's Let It Go.