Mayweather – Pacquiao: Money Prevails


Kacper Kruszewski

Neil Fitzgerald, Staff Writer

The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao that took place on Saturday, May 2 at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas was referred to by many as the potential fight of the century.  This was a fight between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, and undefeated, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather.  However, after the final bell rang, a countless number of people were left disappointed.  The expectations of the fight were tremendously high, and for a lot of people these expectations were not met.  Mayweather won the match unanimously with the final line from the three judges reading as followed: 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.

This fight was one that millions had been waiting on for a very long time; dating all the way back to 2009.  Issues such as purse split, drug testing, and fight location, all prevented this fight from happening six years ago.  Therefore, when the contract was signed and the fight date was finalized, people were both surprised and excited.

This fight truly was like no other that came before it. Being the most anticipated fight of the century, the amount of money revolving around this fight in every which way was shocking. The money generated easily broke every record in combat sports history. The tickets for this fight sold at prices of over $100,000.  This statistic meant that the people in attendance would consist mostly of celebrities. Ticket sales surpassed 74 million dollars and figures such as Tom Brady, Rob Kraft, Mark Wahlberg, Charles Barkley, Mike Tyson and many more were all in attendance.  In order to watch the match from home you had to put 100 dollars down for pay-per-view.  It was projected that another 3 million dropped the 100 dollars to watch at home.

As far as the actual boxing that occurred this night, it went almost as expected.  Mayweather fought a smart match, and controlled the fight with his defensive tactics. From an avid boxing fans’ perspective they know that Mayweather won this fight.  However, for the many people that were watching the match as inexperienced fans, they definitely would have believed Pacquiao won the fight.  In fact, Pacquiao himself stated following the match, “ I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing.” It looked as though Pacquiao was getting the better of Mayweather with the few rounds in which he landed countless punches on Mayweather. The amount of punches that were thrown by Pacquiao in general were far greater than his opponent.

In the end, Mayweather outboxed Pacquiao by dodging many of Pacquiao’s punches and converting on a greater number of his own punches thrown.  Recent news just broke that Pacquiao was dealing with a shoulder injury in the weeks before the fight and during the fight.  He will need surgery and many are speculating what the outcome may have been if he had been healthy. It is doubtful that there will be a rematch as Mayweather is showing no sign of wanting to make that happen.  Mayweather has said that his final fight of his career will be in September of 2015.  His opponent is currently undecided. Could it be Manny Pacquiao?  It is unlikely but there is still a hope.