Mayweather Vs Pacquiao – The Fight Of The Century
Published on May 7th, 2015 | by Joan Makai
May 02, 2015 was calendared as one of the most important fights in boxing history. Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, the Pride of the Philippines and the undefeated Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr. will face off in the ring after five long years of negotiations.
The MGM Grand that night seemed like the venue of the Oscars or Grammy’s with A-list celebrities like Sting, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper just to name a few flocking in to watch the match. Millions of people in America who couldn’t afford to fly to Vegas and buy the $1000 tickets live ($10,000 if you were ringside) paid $100 for pay per view. More people from around the globe were glued on their TV sets too.
Practically everyone waited five years (and several more hours that night because of the Pay-Per-View glitch) for the much-anticipated mega-fight only to be treated to, frankly, 12 rounds of complete boredom.
During the ho-hum which was the Mayweather – Pacquiao fight, Facebook, Twitter and all other social networks were a bit hushed. When it ended, everyone posted their opinions online. And here, the seemingly unanimous decision was that it was a complete waste of time and money.
We don’t need to go into the details of the entire fight, per round. You probably saw it live, on PPV, anyway and found it a mind-numbing experience. So we’ll go straight to the conclusion.
So the bell ringing on the twelfth round signaled the end of the fight.
Mayweather, according to the Nevada judges, is still undefeated. His arm was raised, gets handed the belt, climbs up the ropes and threw his fists on the air. Unfortunate that all this was greeted with the resounding boos in the stadium. However talented he is in this ‘dying’ art that is boxing, he’s unlikeable and forever will be.
Then there’s Pacquaio, still smiling in his genuine humbleness. He failed to win the title but was never defeated. Why? Because he has given his best despite it all. On his opinion Mayweather just ran around the ring for most of the fight and that he (Pacquaio) should have won. A lot of people, based on the rants on social media posts, agreed with him and most of his fans could not believe how their ‘boxing champ’ was unjustly denied of the victory. To add insult to the injury, the reporter who interviewed him after the fight and some expert boxing analysts thought otherwise.
But after that racket, the staggering numbers are what really mattered: Mayweather probably made $200 million. Pacquiao earned a little over $100 million. All those rich folks in Vegas, MGM Grand, HBO, etc. earned loads too. And millions of viewers all over the world, sadly, just bought into the hype.
Now that the fight of the century is over and Floyd Mayweather on his proudest victory took home the undefeated title the question of a rematch is hanging in the air. Would there be another fight between these two champions in the future? Only they could tell. As for now, we can only rant, cheer or feel sad about the result of the fight.
Who do you think deserves the title? Are you in favor of Mayweather remaining undefeated? Do you think Pacquiao should have been declared the winner? Share your thoughts on the comment below.