Although Floyd Mayweather Jr. won the so-called “fight of the century” on Saturday night, the real winners were boxing fans all around the world who clamored for this bout to happen for years.
Well, was it worth it?
Even before Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao stepped foot into the ring at Las Vegas’s Grand Garden Arena before a throng of fans and celebrities, the fight was already the richest in boxing history, with both fighters expected to split an estimated $300 million.
The hype surrounding the prized fight was unlike anything that has been seen in recent times, with thousands of people descending on Sin City just to be near the action.
50 Cent, an avid Mayweather supporter, even told a radio station that he planned on betting $1.6 million on his buddy. Just a week before the fight, PEOPLE caught up with 50 Cent to chat about the fight.
“Floyd is usually an easy bet. I think this is going to be the fight everyone anticipates because it’s going to start Round 1,” he said. “Pacman is no slouch. That’s why you haven’t heard the same antics and comments as the other fights from Floyd. He’s real cool about it. You’re gonna hear some new energy because I’m around here. Floyd’s energy will shift and he’ll start riding on what I’m doing.”
He wasn’t the only celebrity to apparently bet big on the fight. Mark Wahlberg had a $250,000 bet with Diddy on the fight.
Wahlberg, a Pacquiao supporter, even went to watch his fighter train in Los Angeles.
“Styles make fights,” Wahlberg said on HBO’s Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last. “If you think about the tough match ups that Floyd’s had over the years, the same guys that Manny’s faced, Manny s handled them decisively, so I think Manny s my guy.”
Justin Bieber, on the other hand, was all-in on Mayweather, as the two are friends. (No word on whether he bet on the fight.)
“Floyd is a friend and a great fighter. He works hard and really focuses. I am glad I can be a part of his journey,” Bieber told PEOPLE exclusively.
Even though the long-anticipated and long-hyped “fight of the century” is now over, its memory will live on for a long time and so will both fighter’s wallets.