Skip to main content

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Reaction


I've been very critical of the sport of boxing over the years and I truly believe that last night's fight supports my frustration. I miss the days when boxing was not just a big deal - like last night's fight - but was also a draw and interest moving forward. When titles meant something and when fans were a priority.

Sure, things have changed, and I'm not blaming either Mayweather or Pacquiao, but I really, really, really, reaaaaaaaaaaaalllllly believe that last night's fight put another nail in the coffin of boxing causal interest and pay-per-view as we know it. 

Was I disappointed? No. I had friends over, reveld in the social/pop culture aspect of the fight for a bit, had a good time, and enjoyed what there was of the packed sports day (Kentucky Derby, Spurs/Clippers) as well as this fight. My biggest disappointment is more so what this means for the sport moving forward. Actually, check that, it was Jamie Foxx's rendition of our national anthem. That was awful. Like really bad.

Nonetheless, for me, this was your standard Mayweather fight. I wasn't blindsided or had high expectations, because he fought his fight - defense and accuracy. The hype may have fooled non-fans and casual fans into expecting some type of all-out brawl between two guys who hated one another which was far from reality. It's probably why both are $300M richer this morning. 

I understand those who have issues with Mayweather, from his issues with domestic abuse, his arrogance/confidence (take your pick), or his love of money. However, again, any argument towards Mayweather "dodging" or "not fighting" is ill-advised. Especially, when he landed 60+ more punches than Pacquiao. 

Also, it felt like Pacquiao fell into the same pace other fighters do against Mayweather. I truly was expecting him to bring his more aggressive style against Mayweather. In many aspects, this fight looked five years too late. Another issue with boxing. 

In the end, last night's fight will be known for nothing else than the hype, the money, and the overall disappointment. Which truly is a shame, and a far cry from other notable fights, i.e. "Rumble in the Jungle" with top billing and hype. 

To me, this fight further hurt the sport of boxing by discouraging casual fans and others who were disappointed by the overall entertainment value of the fight. After this fight, what else is there? Who else is there? Can any boxing fan trust to get their money's worth on an event purchase? Will any casual EVER trust another purchase? Especially when the undercard was just as lackluster and one-sided. If the pay-per-view concept wasn't in jeopardy already, it will be moving forward. 

Sure, boxing may have raked it in last night, but it might have been at the risk of its future. Congrats to Mayweather and Pacquiao. But this fight may have been the very last one, for a long time, that anyone cares about. And sadly, it wasn't even memorable. 

Recently Read Posts

Reaction to Nike's Kaepernick Ad

So in shocking fashion, the juggernaut that is Nike has now backed Colin Kaepernick and all that is, was, and has become, in this on-going dilemma. And of course, has now added a new layer to it all. Interestingly enough, the company fully supports Kap, and has centered the 30th Anniversary of it's "Just Do It" campaign around him, continuing a clear divide of idealism and ridiculousness across the country. And shall I say, even more absurd rhetoric on defining patriotism in the good ol' United States of America. First things, first. If you're new to this blog, I'll catch you up to speed on my stance - I've been with Kap. And no, I'm not "anti-American". But I'm pretty sure you will jump to conclusions and tell me that I am.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 12/13/20

  3 Up 1. Vaccines - Well, it's here. The FDA approved emergency use of multiple vaccines (with more to come) and it now feels like there is a significant light at the end of this dark, scary tunnel. We're not out of it yet as the virus continues to rage, shutdown are pending, and vaccines distribution is sure to be polarizing. But at the very least, there is an answer forthcoming. Continue to stay safe, ya'll.  2. Rashinda Jones at MSNBC - This is small, but it is super cool. Rashida Jones - no, not that Rashida Jones of Ann Perkins...or Karen Filepelli fame - became the first black President of a major news network, taking over at MSNBC. The country needs a new shift in cable news in the worst way, and hopefully Jones can be a part of it. At the very least, it's nice to see the industry having representation at all levels.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/20/22

3 Up 1. Bad Bunny - Congratulations (and major breakthrough props) are in order for Bad Bunny who made history with the first Spanish-Language Album of the Year nomination. The dude has been crushing it with major cross-over appeal - and yes, he's a helluva wrestler.  2. Taylor Swift - This could be a down because of the entire Ticketmaster ordeal, but Swift gets the "Up" solely because only she can break Ticketmaster like this. The star power continues to be amazing.  3. FIFA World Cup - Sure, there is plenty of negatives to get into here, but the event itself is amazing. I'm ready to get caught up in it all.  3 Down 1. Iran Protestors - The nation is in political unrest and many protesters being caught are being sentenced to harsh penalties, or worse, death. Just more instability  2. U.S. Mass Shootings - We just continue to give access to individuals who shouldn't have guns. We've become so numb to this. What have we become?  Prayers, comfort, and positive

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Coco (2018)

What is it about?  A little boy aspiring to be a musician is baffled by his family's ban on the art form, thus, enters the land of the dead to find his great-great grandfather to get his blessing.  Who is in it?  Anthony Gonzalez - Miguel Gael Garcia Bernal - Hector  Benjamin Bratt - Ernesto De La Cruz