The much anticipated “fight of the century” between Floyd Mayweather jr of the USA and Manny Pacquiao of Philippines has ended on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in favour of undefeated, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. In a unanimous points decision of 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 , Floyd “Money” Mayweather jr cut down Pacquiao’s ambition to dent the champion’s unbeaten record.
For a dream fight that took a record 6 year of tortured negotiations to come through, a lot was at stake. With 435 punches thrown by Mayweather, landing 148 against 428 thrown and 81 hit by Pacquiao, 38 year old Mayweather, who entered the ring with 47-0 win record, showed why he is considered one of the best boxers of all time. Manny Pacquiao’s desire to turn his 57-5-2 record to 58 wins ended in disappointment for the 36 Philippine who seemed frustrated by his opponent’s skill, tricks and strength. That perhaps explains why Mayweather is the world`s highest-paid athlete.
“Once they get in there and realise how hard it is to hit Floyd Mayweather, it just breaks their heart.” Lightweight boxer Anthony Crolla probably summaries Pacquiao’s frustrations.
Disappointed Pacquiao might be though, with the biggest payday of their careers, both fighters might probably not be sad about their earnings from this exciting fight. While Mayweather pocketed at least $150 million and Pacquiao, $100 million, the two boxers have effectively gained millions from the heavy demand for the fight. The pay-per-view (PPV) cost for the fight was at nearly $100 for the hi-def version versus the previous record of $75 for a boxing PPV. Four million PPV buys at $100 would produce around $230 million for the fighters. That is not all. With the gate earnings tagged between $1,000 and $4,000, yielding more than $40 million with all of the tickets sold out, would one wonder why Mayweather is the first athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100 million in Forbes’ annual tally of the highest-paid athletes?
“It’s him. It’s who he is. It’s just his time at the moment.” Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson says.
With Manny Pacquiao defeated, who else is there to prove Mike Tyson right or wrong?