was a professional boxing match between undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. It took place on May 2, 2015, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. won the contest by a unanimous decision., The fight was considered to be one of the most anticipated sporting events in history.
The fight was televised through a pay-per-view (PPV) jointly produced by HBO and Showtime, the respective rightsholders of Pacquiao and Mayweather.
In the Philippines, the fight was also broadcast in simulcast across three of the country's major broadcast television networks.
The fight was expected to be the most lucrative in the history of professional boxing: with an initial estimate of 4.4 million purchases, the PPV alone broke revenue records in the U. with $410 million in revenue, making it the highest-grossing PPV in history, surpassing Mayweather–Álvarez in 2013.
By September 2015, the figure had been amended to 4.6 million.
At the time, plans were in motion for a rematch with Oscar De La Hoya, which was going to take place September 20, 2008.
"This decision was not an easy one for me to make as boxing is all I have done since I was a child," Mayweather said.
"However, these past few years have been extremely difficult for me to find the desire and joy to continue in the sport." At the time, 31-year-old Mayweather registered 39 wins and no losses in his historic career.
At the time of his retirement, The Ring magazine had Mayweather ranked as the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, with Manny Pacquiao at number 2.
The broadcast of the fight in the Philippines was watched by nearly half the country's households.
Due to the record high price of the PPV, the fight was also widely broadcast through unauthorized online streams on services such as Periscope.
Despite the large amount of hype that surrounded it, critics felt that the bout itself was disappointing, primarily citing Mayweather's defense-oriented strategy in the ring and Pacquaio's difficulty in landing punches on Mayweather.