Rap singer Vanilla Ice called for the superbout in 2013.Manny Pacquiao ‘100 percent relaxed and confident’ for bout
Not only is the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday (Sunday afternoon AEST) one of the most anticipated in the sport’s history – it was arguably the most difficult to organise.
Organising such a fight while pleasing all parties involved is a logistical nightmare, however, there were other factors which delayed the fight.
For years, Mayweather said he would only fight Pacquiao if he took an Olympic-style drug test before they stepped into the ring.
The American was sued for defamation by Pacquiao who alleged that Mayweather kept attributing his success to performance-enhancing drugs. The case was settled out of court in 2012.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has always defended his fighter, saying the Filipino world champion did not like having blood taken from his body within a month of a fight.
Through all this turmoil, there were numerous celebrities doing their bit on social media to kick the fight along.
From basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, to teenage heart-throb Justin Bieber, celebrities from far and wide used every bit of their credibility and pushing power to coerce organisers and promoters to get the show on the road.
Here are some of the best tweets going back as far as 2010 when rumours began circulating that Mayweather would agree to fight Pacquiao – a boxing fan’s ultimate dream.
I watched allota fights but that decision was some bs. Now I wanna see pacqiou verses may weather I spelled PAC mans name wrong so what lol— SHAQ (@SHAQ) June 10, 2012
MOST LIKELY @FloydMayweather for the win? I would like to see @FloydMayweather vs. @MannyPacquiao— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) September 14, 2013
I wish @FloydMayweather and @MannyPacquiao could agree to terms and fight already.— Keegan Allen (@KeeganAllen) December 4, 2014
We’d like to welcome @floydmayweather & @MannyPacquiao to tonight’s game! pic.twitterm/APMMeSCwat— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 28, 2015
heard Manny did work tonight. I think it’s time we got the Money Mayweather fight we have all been waiting for. #EPICBATTLE— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2010
If Charlie Scheen can take a test I know Manny Pacquiao punk ass could take a blood test— 50cent (@50cent) March 5, 2011
Yo Pacquiao is getting his ass whooped right now……..there is no way that he can beat @FloydMayweather …….— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) November 13, 2011
I refuse to accept that @floydmayweather is going to retire w/out fighting @MannyPacquiao.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 9, 2012
When the fight was officially announced in February this year, many celebrities could not contain their excitement on Twitter.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Mega-Fight is Official. WHAT’S YOUR CALL? @MikeTysonhttp://t/CYwJC5569zpic.twitterm/R4Kd0ZDjUH— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) February 21, 2015Game on > RT @TMZ: Mayweather & Pacquiao — COURTSIDE STAREDOWN … At Miami Heat Game http://t/vZ8g77QDZ8— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 28, 2015
Looking forward to @FloydMayweather vs. @MannyPacquiao & wishing both the best of luck. Rumble, young men, rumble! #AliTweet— Muhammad Ali (@MuhammadAli) March 31, 2015
Damn – I wish I could fight Mayweather! @MikeTysonhttp://t/mQe8USbJkMpic.twitterm/CjexePGhnz— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) February 23, 2015
[email protected] and @MannyPacquiao are finally gonna “walk that aisle”!!!!!!!!!!#RickFlairWooooo— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 20, 2015
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquio are finally going to fight?!?! Better late than never. The only fight that can save the sweet science!— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) February 20, 2015