The boxing universe is up in arms from the hoopla caused by the Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao meet and greet earlier this week in Miami. Both at the American Airlines Arena for the professional boxing game between the Miami Heat against the Milwaukee Bucks, they had a quick summit during halftime where they exchanged numbers and set up a sit down for later the same night. Now Rick Reeno and Steve Kim posted on their website that Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao met for a couple of hours after the game with only Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee and her sister present. The post mentioned that some of the issues discussed was some of the broadcasting issues that have come up between HBO, who holds a contract with Pacquiao, and Showtime, who holds one with Mayweather Jr.
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse which is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional boxing bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters’ safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referee. Professional boxing bouts are typically much longer than amateur bouts, and can last up to twelve rounds, though less significant fights can be as short as four rounds. Protective headgear is not permitted, and boxers are generally allowed to take substantial punishment before a fight is halted. Pro boxing has enjoyed a much higher profile than amateur boxing throughout the twentieth century and beyond.