When some fights are made, they immediately pique the interest of the fans and public alike. There can be a number of different reasons why a fight garners so much attention. The fight can be between two of the best of all time, it can be the much anticipated debut of a new star, or it can be a matchup between men who have already put on a great show before.
Whatever the circumstances, these highly anticipated matchups often have the fans imagining the outcome and dreaming about how amazing the fight is going to be. From Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson putting on perhaps the best fight in UFC history, to the “Thrilla in Manila” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier that goes down as one of the most thrilling fights in boxing history, sometimes these ultra-hyped fights live up to the hefty expectations.
On the other hand, these fights can also be some of the most disappointing of all time if they don’t go as planned. There are a variety of reasons why these fights go bad. The most often culprits are: fighters being too cautious, fights ending due to an unforeseen circumstances and one fighter simply being overrated. So when a highly anticipated and hyped fight turns out to be a stinker, it is commonplace to label that fight as overhyped.
This list will look at 15 of the most highly anticipated fights in combat sports history that ended up being huge disappointments for a number of different reasons. Read on and enjoy the Top 15 Overhyped Fights That Stunk.
15 Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya
14 Rory MacDonald vs. Jake Ellenberger
13 Michael Bisping vs. Jason Miller
12 Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran 3
11 Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 2
10 Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson
9 Kimbo Slice vs. Houston Alexander
8 Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch
7 Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield
6 Dan Severn vs. Ken Shamrock 2
5 Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield 2
4 Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia
3 Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks
2 Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 2
1 Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
Fans had been begging for this fight for the better part of a decade, and when it was finally announced, it sent shockwaves through the sports world and pandemonium ensued unlike ever before in combat sports. As the event got closer, the hype only multiplied and got crazier. If you were on social media the night of the fight, people who didn’t even know about boxing were conversing about the fight. Unfortunately, neither man really put any sort of real effort or urgency into the fight, which disappointed millions and left a lot of people wishing they could have their $100 back.
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