Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The best of whats left in boxing
This Saturday nights fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is being billed as the greatest fight in 20 years. This fight will unify the WBO, WBA and WBC Welterweight titles. The winner of the fight will be the first man in boxing history to unify all titles and become lineal champion in five different weight classes. Mayweather comes into the fight 47-0 (26 KO’s) while Pacquiao is 57-5-2 (38 KO’s). Throw in the fact that boxing fans, the few left out there, have been waiting for this fight for close to a decade and it’s definitely worth shelling out $100 for… right?
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Hell No! Spend your money on something more worthwhile. An article by Rodger Sherman with SB Nation talks about spending that money on a charity or yourself before dropping a record high $100 for a single boxing PPV event. He also goes into further detail of why he doesn’t support this fight, getting into the boxers personal lives and out-of-the-ring issues of “Money” Mayweather. While I agree, Mayweather is not the most humble guy with the cleanest wrap sheet, I am not taking that into consideration when boycotting this fight. I have what seems to be a unique ability to separate personal lives from professional lives. Especially when it comes to professional athletes. This guy is a boxer, I don’t expect or want him to be a choir boy outside the ring. My disgust of this overhyped, overpriced fight actually comes from my love of what boxing use to be.
If your selling this as the biggest fight in a couple of decades, I’m not buying. I am literally not buying it. This is the best boxing has to offer now? A fight between two 147 lb welterweights in which no one is even expecting a knockout. One is a 5’6″ 36 year-old who has already lost 5 fights in his career and the other is a 38 year-old undefeated guy who has taken advantage of the weakest period in boxing and is now being considered one of the greatest of all-time because of it. Not to mention this fight is at least 3 years too late. This fight should actually be cheaper because they waited until both guys were past their prime. Mayweather is a smart guy in the sense that he has managed to strategically select fights he had a great chance to win and has made a ton of money doing so.
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But allow me to put a damper on the legacy of Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Boxing is dead. He has taken advantage of a time when there are no reputable names in boxing anymore. There have been flash-in-the-pan guys, but nothing close to household names. He has not developed any rivalries that anyone cares about and has gone out of his way to duck the one man who offers the best chance of defeating him, Manny Pacquiao. Yes, he beat Oscar De La Hoya by split decision in 2007 and 38 year-old Shane Mosley in 2010. He has also won decisions against other notable names such as Zab Judah, Arturo Gatti and Miguel Cotto. But his resume is also filled with wins over opponents like Henry Bruseles, Phillip N’dou, Gregorio Gerena, Sam Girard and DeMarcus Corley. I know you have all heard of them, right?
Now let me throw out a few names from when boxing was real…Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez, Iran Barkley and Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. What do these guys have in common? They mostly fought in the same era outside of Sweet Pea who came a little later, and all of them would have wiped the floor with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. I know it’s hard to compare era’s but let’s get real, boxing is the forgotten sport these days and has been rendered irrelevant. Look at the heavyweight division, does anyone realize Wladimir Klitschko is the Heavyweight Champion and hasn’t lost in 10 years? Before that, his brother Vitali Klitschko was Heavyweight Champion for 8 years straight before he got bored and retired. So 2 Ukrainian brothers have dominated heavyweight boxing for close to 2 decades. What happened?
Possibly the single most reason for the downfall of boxing is Dana White and UFC. You can just about correlate the death of boxing with the rise of MMA. While I am not the biggest MMA fan myself, you can’t deny that it is now a huge business and major player in the sports landscape. MMA can offer fight fans something that boxing just can’t, a genuine fight and definite entertainment for your dollar. The truth of the matter is you get a lot more for your $50 in an MMA event than you get for a boxing event. Even the undercards in MMA are entertaining. No one can even name one fight on the undercard of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. Something else Boxing is known for that MMA is not is controversial decisions. You are much more likely to be satisfied with the ending of an MMA fight than you are a boxing match.
The big time boxing PPV’s use to be Heavyweight fights. While there were classic Welterweight fights in the past such as Hagler/Hearns, Leonard/Hagler, Hearns/Leonard, and Duran/Leonard, the draw has always been the big guys. And if not the Heavyweights, it was the Light Heavyweights or Middleweights. Not a couple of 147 lb guys who are never favorites to knock someone out. Those guys were the undercard when boxing was relevant. Roy Jones Jr. was the last guy who had that kind of PPV appeal to me. After he retired, boxing lost most of its star power. I had a problem paying $50 dollars for a PPV back then, but at least I was going to see a show and someone was most likely going to get knocked out.
So it’s up to you on how you spend your money. I hope I have made a convincing case to you as to why spending a record $100 for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight on PPV is absolutely absurd. If not, let me play the role of financial advisor for you for a second and restate my case. Boxing is dead. This is a fight between two 147 lb guys that have slipped past their prime. This fight should have happened at least 3 years ago and everyone can agree on that. The fabricated build up of Floyd Mayweather as one of the best fighters, possibly the best ever, is just that…fabricated. His career has spanned a time that boxing is just not relevant. Then you have the fact that the promoters of the fight have the gall to think they can charge $100 to see this fight that should have happened 3 years ago. Now your getting a weaker, watered-down version of this fight for a record high PPV cost. And don’t plan on going to one of the biggest sports bar chains in the country to see this fight either. Buffalo Wild Wings has also said this fight is too steep for them. It is reported they would have to pay a ridiculous amount of $5,100 per restaurant to carry this fight. If your going in with 4 or more people to see this fight on PPV, than I understand that. I myself would consider that.
I honestly have no desire or interest in seeing this fight live. I just don’t care about boxing anymore. And why is this biggest fight in decades? Because the promoters tell you it is. Don’t be fooled, no boxing match is worth $100 anymore. I will save you the trouble and expense and tell you exactly what is going to happen. The fight will be decided by split decision and the outcome will not be convincing. There will be immediate talk of a rematch to settle the score. Then you will have to be prepared to shell out a new record $125 to see the rematch on PPV. That is if they can even put a rematch together in a reasonable amount of time. I consider myself an above average boxing fan since the 80’s, but Saturday night I will get an ESPN alert on my phone about 11:25 CT telling me who won the fight by decision. I will read the result, go on with my night and feel great about the fact that I didn’t waste $100 on that garbage.
We want to know what you think about the state of boxing. Is this fight worth the record $100 on PPV?
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