BELIEVE it or not, a waiter helped pave the way for boxing’s richest fight ever.
Although CBS Sports president and chief executive officer Les Mooves has been largely credited for putting together the May 2 blockbuster fight featuring boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., it was through the prodding of a food server that convinced the network executive to seriously make a deal out of it.
ESPN.com veteran boxing writer and columnist Dan Rafael reported how a waiter named Gabriel Rueda persuaded Moonves to make the highly-anticipated match that has been already five years in the making.
According to the ESPN story, Rueda got a chance to talk to Mooves months ago in the Los Angeles restaurant he’s working for and where the top CBS official has been a regular patron.
Rueda told Moonves about his desire to see Pacquiao and Mayweather fight inside the ring. His son, who’s into amateur boxing, happens to have the great Freddie Roach for his trainer.
Moonves recalled, “One day he (Rueda) says, respectfully, ‘I know you're a big boxing fan and I know you're involved with Showtime. My son trains with Freddie Roach. We've got to get this fight together. Freddie would love to get together with you.’ I said, 'All right, let's set it up.'"
Rueda later reached out to Roach, who agreed to meet with Moonves in a restaurant in Beverly Hills last May.
The rest, as they say, is history as the meeting with Roach and Moonves led to a lengthy negotiations which eventually paved the way for the dream fight becoming a reality.
To read Dan Rafael’s story, here's the link: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/12408403/how-mayweather-pacquiao-was-made