Mayweather vs Pacquiao Facts and Opinion
On May the 2nd, Floyd Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao in the biggest boxing fight in years.
People’s expectations were high… Really high. It was the first time that Mayweather and Pacquiao had ever fought, and people went crazy. Weigh in tickets and fight tickets sold out. There were a lot of celebrities including Jay Z, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Tom Brady, Jamie Fox, Paris Hilton, Mark Wahlberg, Mike Tyson and a lot more. Tickets for ringside seats (front row seats) were around $50,000 a seat. The MGM Grand arena was, according to BBC, sold out in 30 seconds.
Jamie Fox sang the anthem and Kenny Bayless was the referee. Twitter blew us with the hashtag “#MayweatherPacquiao” and “#MayPac”. It was quoted by millions “The biggest fight of the century”.
But, was it really? I knew that Mayweather was going to win the moment I heard of the fight, but I did expect him to win by a knockout. At round 9, I tweeted that Mayweather will win by a unanimous decision. No doubt it was the biggest, but in my opinion, it certainly wasn’t the best. Mayweather’s performance was exactly as expected. Brilliant defending and slow punches, but Pacquiao’s performance, on the other hand, surprised me.
Pacquiao’s performance was noticeably different, in a bad way. He was slow. Very slow for what I have seen from him. I think, and maybe thats just me, that Pacquiao was paid to preform poorly. It was driving me crazy, so I decided to dig deeper into the story and apparently, according to ESPN, Pacquiao’s right shoulder was injured and he was refused the request to take an anti-inflammatory shot before fighting.
ESPN said, “LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao said a right shoulder injury prevented him from fighting at his best in his loss to Floyd Mayweather.
Nevada officials also denied Pacquiao’s request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight Saturday night. The chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission said the ruling was Pacquiao’s fault for not mentioning his injury sooner
‘It’s part of the game,’ Pacquiao said. ‘I don’t want to make alibis or complain or anything … [but] it’s hard to fight one-handed.'”
I bought it for a while, but then I thought, “What if it’s just a cover story for Pacquiao’s bribe?” If it’s true that Pacquiao’s shoulder hurt, I don’t blame him, but if he took a bribe, I’m truly disappointed.
- “How to Follow Mayweather v Pacquiao.” BBC Sport. N.p., 2 May 2015. Web. 3 May 2015. <http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/boxing/32556492>.
- “The Ref for MayPac Is Bad News for Pacquiao.” SportsonEarth.com. N.p., 2 May 2015. Web. 3 May 2015. <http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/121237352/floyd-mayweather-vs-manny-pacquiao-kenny-bayless-ref-advantage-money>.
- Spilabotte, Victoria. “Weigh-in Tickets for MayPac Fight Already Sold out.” KTNV. N.p., 24 Apr. 2015. Web. 3 May 2015. <http://www.scrippsmedia.com/ktnv/news/fight-of-the-century/Weigh-in-tickets-for-MayPac-fight-already-sold-out-301273881.html>.
- “Manny Pacquiao Fought with Injured Shoulder, Was Denied Shot in Locker Room.” ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, 3 May 2015. Web. 3 May 2015. <http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/12865408/canelo-alvarez-just-boxing-needs>.