And so it happened on Saturday night, as the fight of the century has come and gone. It was a spectacular event if only for the fanfare as every A-list celebrity seemed to be in the house at the MGM Grand to take it all in. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady showed up, flying all the way from the Kentucky Derby earlier that afternoon just to show up in Las Vegas in time for the bout. NBA broadcasters Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller also made an appearance along with Magic Johnson and many other of today’s sports heroes.
The fight itself lasted all 12 rounds and gave both huge boxing fans and the casual fan a glimpse of two of the greatest fighters of our time, even if the fight did happen five years too late. From a technical or pure boxing standpoint, spectators got what most expected, lots of punches from Manny Pacquiao, and incredible quickness from Floyd Mayweather.
Prior to the fight it seemed that Pacquiao was the clear fan favorite as over 65% of fans voting on Twitter picked him to win the fight. Aside from fans sharing their opinions however, a large part of the story was written before the bout as each fighter’s life story was played out in documentary style to dramatic music, the weigh-in before the fight drew as much as $300 a ticket for an event that’s normally free, and the crowd was in a frenzy when Hollywood star Jamie Foxx sang the American National anthem.
Amid all of the buzz surrounding the fight, those that paid close attention to not only the promotion of it but also the fight itself surely recognize that it we as fans learned a lot about the sport and its place in modern-day pop culture. Each fighter did their best but it’s debatable as to whether people really enjoyed it. Nevertheless we here at The Sportster break down for you the 10 things we learned from Mayweather/Pacquiao, because a fight of such epic proportions is worth analyzing, and since boxing isn’t exactly as mainstream as it used to be these days, rest assured that match between Mayweather and Pacquiao will be referenced over and over again as the history books continue to be written and re-written. Here’s the list.
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10 Not Even Technology Could Keep Up With The Fight
Lead broadcaster for the evening’s fighting Mike Lampley let the audience at home know that the entrance of both fighters into the ring was delayed simply because broadcasters were having network problems as a result of too many people trying to order the fight. That just goes to show even the casual boxing fan that the sport still has its moments even though it hasn’t been mainstream in over a decade. To say the least however, all of the broadcasters and distributors of the event should have no trouble keeping up with future boxing events now that they will have a huge windfall of money to invest in technology thanks to Floyd and Manny.
9 Boxing Is Missing A Celebrity Promoter
Remember back in the day when Mike Tyson used to knock out his opponents in 30 seconds or less and at the pre-fight press conference and weigh-in we’d here how great he his, not just from him, but also from his promoter Don King? We just don’t see any great promoters in the sport anymore, aside from boxers like Mayweather who do a great job promoting themselves. Maybe that’s what boxing is missing. Even boxing’s rival the UFC has a great promoter in Dana White, even though promoter isn’t his official title. Maybe a loud personality whose only job is to promote his fighters is what the sport needs to get back on track in the mainstream public eye.
8 Pacquiao Really Likes To Take Selfies
Make no mistake about it, people dislike Floyd Mayweather for many reasons. He is the best boxer today, he’s not afraid to brag about it and he treats money like it’s going to rot. It might surprise people then that it’s PacMan and not Money Mayweather that is in love with taking selfies. The cameras seem to catch him and his trainers taking selfies throughout the entire weekend. And yet, despite the fact that Pacquiao’s ways lend themselves to increased popularity and a healthy following on Instagram, Mayweather is actually way more popular on social media then PacMan.
7 There Is No Way The Fight Lived Up To The Hype
In some ways the sport of boxing is a lot like stock car racing. People watch NASCAR because they hope that over the course of a 500-lap race, there’s going to be some sort of a spectacular car crash that makes headlines and creates tons of commotion, flames and ultimately excitement. When people watch boxing, they stick it out for 12 rounds hoping that there will be some sort of a knockout punch that goes down in history. With two of the best and fastest fighters in the world going at it, it should have come as no surprise that the fight itself was relatively mundane. Sure the hundreds of millions of dollars that exchanged hands over the weekend brought to the fight a lot of hype, but no two human beings can live up to that using only their fists.
6 Manny Is The People’s Champ
More than 65% of people voting on Twitter during this past weekend’s historic event picked Pacquiao, a man who has taken his share of losses over Floyd Mayweather, a man who has never lost a professional bout. But social media aside, during the fight it was obvious who the crowd was cheering for. Chants of “Manny, Manny” could be heard pouring down from the stands at various times throughout the fight and even after Mayweather was announced the winner, it was obvious that most of the crowd wasn’t too happy about the end result. Manny is a humble champion in the eyes of many even if he doesn’t have the belts to show it anymore.
5 Pacquiao Has Passed His Prime
It wasn’t until the post-fight press conference that it was revealed PacMan had recently suffered a shoulder injury that hampered his ability to do any damage to his opponent over the weekend, but even the injury aside it was obvious that Pacquiao is well past his prime. Unlike Mayweather, Manny has not only lost a handful of fights in his career, he’s been knocked out before. While many people are talking about the fact that Mayweather is expected to fight in September and likely call it a career, it seems not nearly as many people are talking about whether or not Pacquiao fights again. His future may be better served going into politics and calling it a day boxing wise right now.
4 HBO/Showtime Made $400 Million Off The Fight
Make no mistake about it, HBO and Showtime are competing networks, but for the second time in history this past weekend, the two companies formed a partnership that would allow for extensive coverage of the fight and a lot of money to be made. They did indeed both make a lot of money, but then again $400 million isn’t that much considering that the two fighters in the ring split at least $300 million. Who’s counting though really? At the end of the day everybody made a lot of money off of this fight, unless of course you’re a gambling man who put your money down on Pacquiao.
3 People Really Do Hate Floyd “Money” Mayweather
There are so many reasons people hate Floyd Mayweather. First of all if growing up your favorite boxer wasn’t Mayweather there’s a good chance that whoever was your favorite boxer got beat by him, including Oscar De La Hoya and Mr. Pacquiao of course. At the same time, people’s disdain for Mayweather exists for many other reasons. He spends more money than most people make in their entire lives on exotic cars, iPods covered in jewels, sports bets and private jets. He’s also a filthy rich person who is apparently illiterate, and he’s 10 times more arrogant than even the cockiest fighters in the world. His lifestyle and character offers quite the juxtaposition in comparison to Pacquiao.
2 Both Fighters Made A Lot Of Money
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao split an estimated $400 million for their fight over the weekend and those numbers are not even the actual numbers as the totals haven’t come in yet. What is known is that Mayweather will get the bigger split of the pot, taking home an estimated $180 million when all is said and done. That’s more money than most NBA and NHL teams make in year off of ticket sales. Even though Pacquiao is getting a meager $120 million by comparison, odds are he has no problem wiping away his tears and his sorrows with all of that money.
1 Boxing Is Dying
The Mayweather/Pacquiao fight was supposed to revive the sport of boxing, at least that’s what many purists probably thought it would do. After all we were watching two of the greatest fighters of our time exchange blows and we did see some of the most famous people in the world sitting ringside. And we also paid as much as $100 to watch the fight in high definition on pay-per-view, but despite all of the fanfare the truth is that boxing probably didn’t gain any new friends over the weekend and last week, the number two fighter in the world in the eyes of many, heavyweight Vladimir Klitschko, couldn’t sell out Madison Square Garden for his bout. So while the UFC and mixed martial arts continues to gain popularity it looks like there’s nothing else left to get excited about boxing.
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