Everyone kept telling me that this was going to be the fight of the century. Even though this century is in it’s infancy, I obliged them. I haven’t watched a boxing match since December 6, 2008 when Manny Paquiao defeated Oscar De La Hoya and before then, June 7, 2003 when Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward met for the third time. I did watch all three insane Gatti-Ward bouts… but they were actual fights. As you can see I don’t watch boxing as a fan or spectator that much any more and the Mayweather-Paquiao fight was hyped to be a great fight but I know both fighters… and I knew it would be a snooze fest.
Everyone wants to paint Mayweather as a great champion but who has he really fought? Alvarez? This fight was orchestrated step by step for Floyd Mayweather to win… even a blind man could see it. You don’t need to be a boxing expert to know that a piece of shit like Floyd Mayweather would dance around the subject of fighting Pacquiao like he was auditioning for Dancing with the Stars. Pacquiao would have crushed Mayweather’s dream of breaking Marciano’s record if he were to have fought him 5-6 years ago. Mayweather has no balls, thus creating controversies of the mind in order to stave off Pacquiao. Even Paquiao himself knew he was beyond his prime to be fighting this fight but did it for the payout. It was worth the wait and embarrassment to get the chunk of change that both… akem… “fighters” got for a display of non-fighting. This was a fight of not taking chances, not allowing someone to break Mayweather’s so-called legacy, Mayweather’s shot to be in the record books and beat Marciano’s undefeated record… which is just disgusting to think about.
I was asked by many people to come watch the fight. Some for free at friend’s homes and VIP parties, I even had chances to pick up tickets for a couple of grand… I knew it would be a waste of my money, so I opted to watch the Derby and take my wife out for her birthday. All my boxing fan friends thought I was insane and the gesture ludicrous. I explained to them exactly as I will explain to you… these fighters do not and will never deserve your money. Each one of them have now put their very own nail in the sport of boxing.
Most fans of the sport lied to themselves for quite a while, believing that some day the sport would revive itself… it obviously has not. Never will you see the battles of Gatti-Ward, Hagler-Hearns, Leonard-Hearn, Ali-frazier, even most of Julio Ceasar-Chavez’ fight’s. Boxing has become something very similar to the WWE. A whole lot of hype so you spend your money and then nothing to show for it. At least with WWE you get a show. It has become the most disgusting sport to watch and hear about. Because I boxed when I was younger, was a huge boxing historian, and frequent visitor to the Boxing Hall of Fame, I am asked for my opinion more times than I can count, on the state of boxing and who is going to win a particular fight. Funny, over the past 10 years I haven’t been wrong once… and the 10 years before that I think I was wrong, exactly once. This is not a statement of my boxing intelligence or unbelievable handicapping ability… not at all. It is a statement to the amateurish predictability that boxing has become… where criminals get to walk away with your money and you stand there violated, with battered wife syndrome… consistantly getting lied to, beat up and taken for granted but still staying loyal… you fucking asshole. He will do it again and boxing will do it again. You don’t need to be Dr. Phil to know this “Fight of the Century” was a money grab for everyone involved. Las Vegas won, the fighters won… the fans lost and boxing lost. I can hear the banging of the last nail into the coffin of an already rotting corpse.
Thank you, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao for keeping my streak alive and making sure that boxing has no place in my spectator sport itinerary.