For the record, I didn’t purchase the Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather, Jr fight on pay-per-view. There was absolutely no chance I was going to do so. Not because I don’t like boxing, it’s because I love boxing and knew that there was no way the fight would match the hype. There was also no way it would be worth the $100 cost. And, after reading the reports and seeing the highlights, I was right.
Pacquiao hadn’t had a true knockout of an opponent in six years, and while he had a TKO (of Miguel Cotto) in November of 2009 Pacquiao simply is no longer the kind of fighter that can knock out quality opponents. Mayweather also doesn’t have knockout power anymore, with his last KO being seven fights ago in a bout with Victor Ortiz in late 2011. So in the fight we were likely going to see 12 rounds of guys hitting each other with virtually no hope of knocking out the other. Yeah, I’ll pass.
This is unfortunately what big-time boxing has become. Gone are the days of two fighters having to be weary of their opponent because one misstep will cause them to be staring at the lights. Now we have hype-machine driven small, quick guys with no hope of really hurting a quality opponent slapping each other in an attempt to out-point the other guy. Not exactly my definition of “excitement”.
I predicted to several people Pacquiao vs Mayweather would be a long, boring fight. With neither fighter good enough to really hurt the other and both known for dancing around it shouldn’t have been a shock that’s what you were going to get. Now add to it the post-fight information that Pacquiao was actually hurt and receiving treatment for an injured shoulder you’re down to one guy throwing punches while both just dance around. If you wanted to see that, you could have just watched Dancing With The Stars and saved a hundred bucks.
And for the record, I’m not watching that either.