WBC Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. Poses on the Scale During an Official Weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arenain Las Vegas
Floyd Mayweather said it was not easy to make this fight happen against Manny Pacquiao.REUTERS

The bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather was expected to take place some five years ago, but the fight could not be finalised then and the American does not have any regrets about it.

Many people claim that had the fight taken some five years ago or so, the bout could have been much bigger as both the boxers were in their prime during those days.

Though it does not mean they have become weak boxers, they might have only become a tad slower, but one cannot forget the experience they have gained over these years.

Mayweather feels that it was not so big then but has gradually become bigger now.

"I have no regrets that this fight didn't take place five years ago [negotiations actually started in 2009]. I didn't think it was that big then but it continued to get bigger and bigger. Not just in boxing but outside of the sport. Pacquiao has continued to grow outside of the sport," The Guardian quoted Mayweather as saying.

One was not sure even if this fight would ever take shape as the negotiations failed initially with Pacquiao and Mayweather's camp having failed to come to a final conclusion.

"We didn't need to rush anything. This was a difficult fight to make happen but we made it happen. This fight is one of the biggest ever in boxing," added Mayweather.

Had the bout not taken shape this time around, boxing fans around the world would have been hugely disappointed as it is this fight, which people all around the world has longed for years to see.

Huge hype has already been created for the bout, which is expected to break all box office records that exist in boxing history.

When boxers of such magnitude are set for a huge clash, one does not need to sell the fight, hence there was very minimal promotion as well.

Both the boxers have had an impressive career so far with the American having not lost a single bout with 47 wins including 26 knockouts, while the Filipino has won 57 out of his 64 fights flooring 38 boxers.