This fight was supposed to be the fight that ended the debate. It was supposed to be the culmination of years of hypothesis and anticipation. The Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight on May 2 was supposed to be the be-all-end-all for the modern boxing debate. It wasn’t. The asteroid missed and the dinosaurs blinked and trundled forward.
It was the Yankees/Red Sox debate of boxing. It was the Designated Hitter Rule versus the Fielders Choice of boxing. It was the Dick Cheney Hunting trip of boxing. Wait, maybe not that last one. But you get my point.
Unfortunately, the lackluster fight – and the bubbling controversy in its aftermath – has done nothing to silence the debate. Mayweather still won based on his defensive tactics and Pacquiao lost because he couldn’t hit Mayweather. But that is not where this story ends. Turns out, Pacquiao was fighting with one arm. In fact, he now has a torn rotator cuff and the Nevada Boxing Comission refused to give him an anti-inflammatory shot just prior to the fight. There is also some controversy on whether Pacquiao hid the injured shoulder from the Commission in order to get the license for the fight.
Did the shoulder tear during the fight? Perhaps.
Would it have made a difference? Perhaps.
Does anybody have the energy or the money to care? Not from my perch.
We won’t know the whether and if’s because this fight might happen again and the whole boxing world gets a big fat air-biscuit to inhale. Enjoy, folks.
I didn’t buy the fight. So, I’m not out a hundred bucks. I didn’t buy the fight because I didn’t care about the fight. I consider myself an avid boxing fan when there is a boxing match to watch. I just didn’t see this fight as worth the c-note and the frustration.
But in the aftermath soup, let’s focus on the numbers provided to us by our good friends at ESPN.
Pacquiao landed 19 percent of his punches to Mayweather’s 34 percent. You can’t win a fight when the other guy lands almost 50 percent more punches. In fact, Pacquiao barely touched Mayweather according to the stats. So what you say, Mayweather is a defensive mastermind that barely gets touched in any of his fights. True, but Pacquiao only had one arm. Like the drummer for Def Leppard, Pac-man put on a show but just didn’t have the chops to keep pace with Mayweather.
Per Bleacher Report, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Pacquiao for not disclosing his shoulder injury. CUE DRAMATIC CHIPMUNK!
Not only does Pacquiao have to face the music that Mayweather beat him by not beating him, but now he has lawyers clamoring after him on behalf of all the people that dropped a c-note on the pay-per-view. I can’t wait to see Pacquiao’s shoulder get deposed. I wonder if they are going to sue the actual rotator cuff or also plead the deltoids as defendants.
Wait for it folks, I bet the United States Congress is going to jump in on this action. I can see hearings on Capitol Hill and my personal favorite: Congressional Subpoenas because when you care enough about it, make a spectacle out of it.
The pay-per-view is done. The money has been made and the checks have been cut. Mayweather is richer than he was before. And there was much rejoicing. Pacquaio is slightly less rich but richer than he was before. And there was much rejoicing. But Pac-man is also facing some potential legal heat. I’m not any richer. Are you? Does it make you more involved with the circus if you bought the hype?
And now, we get word that Mayweather would consider fighting Pacquiao…AGAIN! Per ESPN, Mayweather texted Steven A. Smith that he’d consider fighting again after Pacquiao’s shoulder is fully healed.
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! Mayweather is considering taking more money from every boxing fan who is dumb enough to give it to him.
According Bleacher Report, the fight netted a purse of $120 million. That was split 60/40 between Mayweather and Pacquiao. Sure, A rematch will only further the money train for these guys and fleece the boxing fan. Expect to pay $150-$200 for the high definition pay-per-view next year. But I recommend flushing it down the toilet or sending it to me instead.
To further my disgust, Burger King paid Mayweather a cool million whoppers with cheese to walk approximately 300 feet with him. Forbes reported, “So why did Burger King hop on board this year? The company would only say this: ‘We don’t call him the King for nothing.'” You stay classy, BK.
To me, boxing resembles the Wall Street of the 1980s; opulent and teeming with sharks and money.
UFC, on the other hand, is the boxing clubs of the five points area of turn of the century New York; gritty and blue collar, with an accent.
Do we love to watch the old Gordon Gecko movies with the money and the flash? Sure.
Do we love to see the grit and grime of a human meat-grinder? Absolutely.
But which one can we relate to? A multi-million dollar payday or a guy fighting for rent money?
Franky, I’m not at all interested in any fight involving Mayweather. I want to see new fighters step into the ring. Boxing has to do something other than parade around Mayweather and Pacquiao. We need to see new blood because the fight scene is going the way of UFC simply because it’s more exciting. I’ve previously written about the precarious stage UFC is in right now with Conor McGregor, and I hope it progresses. I’d love to see boxing survive, but sadly with disappointing fights like the abomination that occurred on May 2nd, we can only hope for a WWE crossover with a cage match and bear-baiting.
I’d love to see boxing survive, but sadly with disappointing fights like the abomination that occurred on May 2nd, we can only hope for a WWE crossover with a cage match and bear-baiting. I’d buy that for a dollar.
Till next time, this is the fight that never ends; yes it goes on and on my friends – follow me @Deepdfspicks.