The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is on, which will happen on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Around 15 minutes after Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced it this Friday, February 20 via his official Shots account, booking at the MGM hotel has been sold out. Sound interesting, isn’t it?
But apparently, not the entire human race agrees that this $250 Million Mega Fight will be as spectacular as it will be, and it includes me. And yes, I can see your angry eyes and eyebrows raised. But before you react violently, allow me to explain why I think the fight is overrated and will be boring to watch.
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The fight is late, very late
The Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight has been in the news since 2009, more than five years ago. In fact, Ring Magazine declared the failed negotiations as “Event of the Year” in 2010. Despite the strong demand from boxing and non-boxing fans, both camps never agreed on terms. So why did Mayweather finally agree? Well, we have to wait for him to explain. But still, I think the fight is late, very late.
The excitement of boxing fans was not as it used to be
Obviously, Twitter was flooded with news and reactions right after Mayweather made the much-awaited announcement. However, neither the hashtag #Pacquiao nor #Mayweather went trending on Twitter, not even the hashtags #MayweatherPacquiao or #PacquiaoMayweather. Well, the Mayweather v Pacquiao phrase went trending worldwide but it was already around 10 hours later.
Manny Pacquiao is not an exciting fighter anymore
I hate saying this, but the facts say I’m not lying. Forget about Pacquiao’s knockout in Round 6 courtesy of Juan Manuel Marquez on their fourth meeting in 2012. But let’s not forget that the Filipino boxing icon won via unanimous decision on his last three opponents: Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley, and Chris Algieri. Although the latter went down six times during the fight, I think the fire in Manny’s eyes is gone.
Manny Pacquiao has not won via knockout since 2009
Despite winning 8 out of his last 10 fights, Pacquiao last won via knockout in 2009 when he punished Miguel Cotto and won via TKO in Round 12. True enough, Manny showed his boxing skills and enormous speed on his succeeding fights. But it was obvious that Pacquiao has greatly reduced his “killer instinct” which he admitted. I can therefore assume his fight with Mayweather will not be that far.
Floyd Mayweather has not won via knockout since 2011
Floyd Mayweather beat Marcos Maidana twice in a row last year. The first one was in May, while the second one was in September which incidentally his last fight. Floyd also beat Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto, and Saúl Alvarez, but his last knockout victory was in 2011 when he stopped Victor Ortiz in Round 4. While these fights made good money, they didn’t look as interesting as I expected them to be.
Pacquiao and Mayweather are not in their prime anymore
Call me rude or whatever, but many boxing fans will agree with me. With Manny Pacquiao turning 37 this December and Floyd Mayweather to celebrate his 38th birthday this coming Tuesday, February 24, both of them are already past of their prime. Well yes, the speed and stamina are still there but they will not be the same as it was five years ago. So, don’t expect to be thrilled during the first few rounds.
I’d like to end by giving by giving my fearless forecast for this fight:
• The fight will be a super blockbuster but many viewers will be dismayed.
• There will be no knockout in any round.
• The fight will last until Round 12 with no bruises, blood or whatsoever.
• The fight will be draw, and talks about Pacquiao vs Mayweather II will immediately be announced.
• If either Pacquiao or Mayweather shall win, there will be controversy and protests as who really won.
• Both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will announce their retirement right after the fight.
• It will take at least 50 years before another set of boxers will be as famous as them.
PS. I will still be watching the fight, but not because I think it will be exciting to watch. I will watch it simply because I want to witness history with my own eyes.
Disclaimer: The above opinion was emailed to TN by a certain Roy, a Filipino American boxing fan based in California. To avoid being bullied, he requested his real name not to be mentioned.
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