It was the ‘Fight of the Century’, the 300 million dollar bonanza, the bout that was at least five years in the making…
It was the most overrated, overhyped and overblown sports spectacle in modern history, and it never had a chance.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a master of management. At 48-0, the only reason that ‘Money’ is in the money is because for the entirety of his professional career he has managed every aspect of it.
Mayweather for years has been called the pound for pound best boxer on the planet, but the reality is he picked and chose nearly every fight he has taken, especially this last bout with Manny Pacquiao.
Five years ago, when Manny was still a force in the fight game, Mayweather wanted no part of him. Manny grew older, grew slower and eventually became the fighter that Mayweather wanted a piece of. Manny was finally someone he could beat and the time was right for a fight, and he could put Manny on resume of great fighters he beat, albeit in a diminished capacity.
Mayweather has never had the flamboyance inside the ring. Does he dominate opponents? He has, but again it comes down to management. He picked fighters that he knew he could beat. He didn’t pick all tomato can fighters, but he chose fights that benefitted his style of fighting, and he beat them all.
Mayweather will always be a paper champion to me because he ran away from Pacquiao in his prime. Ali never backed away from anyone, or Frazier, or Foreman. When it was time to fight…they fought. Did they have dud fights in their careers, certainly, but Mayweather’s career is dotted with more question marks than the Riddler.
Did anyone truly believe that this fight was going to be spectacular? If you did, you have spent too many nights watching Rocky reruns.
That 300 million that was made by this fight should have been used to build a flying DeLorean with a flux capacitor…at least that was we could have gone back 40 years to see what a real ‘Fight of the Century’ truly looked like.