Mayweather vs Pacquiao: A Fight to Forget


Clayton Haskell

I don’t usually watch much boxing, and with the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight dubbed as the fight of the century, I figured that the fight could get me interested in the sport. I was wrong. The fight consisted of more dancing and hugging than actual punching. Regardless of whether it was Mayweather’s defensive style that caused the boring fight, or whether boxing has just lost the intensity of the days of Mike Tyson and George Foreman, it was quite disappointing.

Mayweather had a good start to the fight, dodging Pacquiao’s jabs and landing the occasional punch. After the first couple rounds Pacquiao got himself into the fight, and for the next seven or eight even rounds of fighting the two went back and forth. Throughout this time, Mayweather stuck with his strategy of avoiding Pacquiao as much as he could, and only making a move when he felt the time was right. This strategy is one that hasn’t failed him yet as,in his career he is 48-0 with 26 knockouts.

Mayweather’s length was one of his biggest advantages, as he could easily reach Pacquiao from far away. Pacquiao has relatively short arms and struggled throughout the whole fight to reach the elusive Mayweather. Mayweather was well aware of Pacquiao’s limited length, and used this to his advantage as he lingered just out of Pacquiao’s reach for most of the fight.

Once the final couple of rounds came, it was clear that Mayweather had a slight advantage, and that Pacquiao needed to find a way to land more powerful and effective punches on Mayweather if he wanted to come out on top. This didn’t happen for Pacquiao, as Mayweather spent the last few rounds cleverly avoiding as much contact as he could. Pacquiao wasn’t aggressive enough when it counted, and when the judges released their decisions, it was Floyd “Money” Mayweather who was victorious.

For a fight that the public opinion agreed was very lackluster, there was no shortage of stars in the audience. Mark Wahlberg, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Michael Jordan, and a plethora of other celebrities were in attendance and many of them had a lot of money on the fight. Wahlberg and rapper P Diddy bet $250,000 on the fight with P Diddy coming out a quarter of a million richer.

Betters weren’t the only ones who raked in cash, as both fighters emerged from the battle with over a hundred million dollars. While Mayweather won the fight, Pacquiao still made $120 million which could help to sweeten the blow. Along with his victory mayweather bagged $180 million of his own and maintained his reputation as the best boxer on the planet.