THE HOWFF – 4.5.2015
#MayPac WAS A GIANT DISAPPOINTMENT FOR CASUAL FANS – BUT DOES IT MATTER?
“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” So said 18th century poet, Alexander Pope. Unfortunately for hundreds of millions of casual boxing, sports or even just entertainment fans all over the world, his wise words were not heeded in the case of the ‘Fight of the Century’ between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
I’m probably best described as a casual boxing fan. I’ve seen enough Mayweather fights to know that he is a defensive fighter who picks out a single shot with great accuracy when his opponent misses a punch or drops his guard. I knew a southpaw like Pacquiao could give him some bother, and that although his left hook is hard enough to knock Mayweather out he’d only have a half-chance of landing it.
So I knew it would be cagey, and tactical. But, after all the build up, the hours of pre-fight documentaries, the celebrity hype, not to mention staying up all night to watch it, I just didn’t expect it to be so, well, boring. (‘Real’ boxing fans thought it was great, by the way).
But does it matter? Mayweather fights again in September as he attempts to equal the 49-0 record of Rocky Marciano. Will the #MayPac snooze-fest stop hundreds of thousands of fans descending on Las Vegas? Will it stop worldwide news networks covering the build-up? Will is stop millions of PPV buyers all over the world from hitting the button?
Probably not. The world still turns. I’ll buy the next fight. But I’ll think of Alexander Pope first.