Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
Richard T. Slone
The long awaited fight between the undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao was held on May 2, 2015, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather won the contest by unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight 116–112 and the other 118–110. At the post-fight press conference, Pacquiao revealed that he entered the fight with an injured right shoulder.
Tickets were priced from $1,500 to $7,500, with even higher prices on the secondary market due the extraordinary demand. Las Vegas’s main airport was reportedly closed to private planes on the day of the fight after celebrities packed the airport with their parked jets.
The fight was televised through a pay-per-view jointly produced by HBO and Showtime and broke all-time boxing records for PPV buys (4.6 million), PPV revenue ($440 million), and live gate ($72 million from the sale of 16,219 tickets).
The Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight is still to date the richest fight in the sport’s history.
Artist Richard T. Slone was commissioned by the event promoters to create the official art for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. In addition to being on all the tickets to the fight and the program cover, Slone’s paintings were used for the promotion of the event and merchandise.
This action painting was used by the MGM and Promoters for advertising on the official 10,000 program covers, the official onsite fight poster, a t-shirt design available at MGM and to create a fine art limited edition of reproduction canvases.
This is one of Slone’s larger originals. Sold framed as shown on the image(s).
The outside dimensions are approx. 34×40 inches
It comes with a Letter of Authenticity from Slone Art Company, signed by the artist. The program and the poster are NOT included.
Serious inquiries only.
Slone has been the official artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame for over 20 years. His artwork has been used on the official posters and programs for most major boxing events in the last 15 years. He has been seen painting live on national television.
Internationally renowned, multi-award artist Richard T. Slone was born in 1974 in northern England. He is self-taught and will later combine his love of art with his ability as a boxer.
Slone would eventually pursue an offer to become a boxer under the guidance of boxing great Joe Frazier in Philadelphia.
After an amateur career, he will decide not to turn professional but instead focus on painting the sport he loves. The Ring magazine will give him his first published work. He would later say: “My experience in the ring adds to my paintings.”
It is obvious Slone is passionate about the sport. His artwork reflects the deep respect and admiration he has for the fighters. “The least I can do is to paint them”, he says. “Everyone admires a great fighter and as an artist it’s easy to be inspired by such.”
The interest and demand in Slone’s art has been exceptional over the past years. He has become popular with notable collectors including Bruno Mars, Hugh Hefner, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela and many more. His work can be seen on the covers of many magazines, including The Ring, and has been used by many companies and advertising agencies.
He is compared to American artist LeRoy Neiman, who was considered the leading sports artist in the world before his death in 2012.
Richard T. Slone is without any doubt the number one artist for boxing in activity.