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.
10 Not Even Technology Could Keep Up With The Fight
9 Boxing Is Missing A Celebrity Promoter
8 Pacquiao Really Likes To Take Selfies
7 There Is No Way The Fight Lived Up To The Hype
6 Manny Is The People’s Champ
5 Pacquiao Has Passed His Prime
4 HBO/Showtime Made $400 Million Off The Fight
3 People Really Do Hate Floyd “Money” Mayweather
2 Both Fighters Made A Lot Of 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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