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Manyuchi: Few steps away from big bucks

The biggest fight in boxing history between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will take place on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

By Our Staff

The fight, which has an estimated value of over $300 million, will be boxing’s richest match ever.

Both fighters will be wearing the most expensive regalia with sponsors having been jostling for space on their trunks.

According to a UK publication, Manila Bulletin, most of the money will come from ticket sales, TV rights as well as sponsors’ logos which are said to be close to $2,25m.

What makes the fight more attractive is the fact that with less than a minute after the tickets were released, the 500 to 1 000 batch sold out within seconds with each ticket going for $1 500.
For Zimbabwean World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi, only a few matches stand between him and the big money fights of this nature.

Manyuchi was scheduled to defend his title against Mexican Silverio Ortiz in Zambia last month, but the bout was cancelled.
The 26-year-old fighter will now defend his title in Italy against Gianluca Freeza in July.

If he successfully defends his title, Manyuchi will slowly but surely be moving towards big money fights and chances are high that he will attain status to trade leather with the likes of Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan at the World Boxing Association Super Title level.

Already, Manyuchi holds the third best belt in the WBC, becoming the third African boxer to get it.

There are two belts that Manyuchi still has to challenge to reach the Super title stage — the WBC Gold, the title that Mayweather holds, and the WBC Silver that Amir Khan holds.

Mayweather holds the gold and has his 10 contenders in that category to make them 11, while Khan holds the silver and has his 10 contenders to also make them 11.

If these boxers are put together, they amount to 22 boxers, leaving Manyuchi as the 23rd ranked boxers with his 10 contenders in his category.

However, defending his title will improve his ranking, putting him on a position that will see him getting a chance to fight in big-money fights.

Manyuchi announced his arrival on the international boxing scene after flooring Patrick Allotey in March last year for his first claim of the title, handing the Ghanaian his first ever professional defeat through technical knockout.

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