Whether you loved it, liked it, tolerated it, or launched a heavy object at your TV following it, Mayweather vs Pacquiao is now over.
The majority of fight fans, both serious and casual, were displeased. And who can really blame them given the 5-year hype surrounding the ‘Fight of the Century’? Throw in some expensive flights to Vegas and hefty Pay Per View markup and some valid reasons start to become clear.
Further salt was then added to the wound when, post fight, Pacquiao revealed he had a torn shoulder which inhibited his performance. Not only that, he revealed he’d had the injury for some weeks prior. Great…
But Mayweather vs Pacquiao is over. And as much as it may have hurt boxing, perhaps there’s solace to be had in knowing just that. The boxing fandom can stop fantasizing about this ‘dream matchup’ and look forward to other fights. Alvarez-Kirkland, anyone?
But there’s one man who’s very happy, being none other than Floyd Mayweather. Over $200 million in the bank, undefeated, and still pretty enough to tell the tale. But since winning the near shut-out Unanimous Decision on May 2nd, his smiles have been in conflict with just as many frowns.
So why’s Mayweather feeling a little unappreciated right now? A few reasons come to mind.
Firstly, he won. And that in itself always seems to piss a lot of people off, unfortunately. That’s pretty much been the story throughout Mayweather’s career. Moving on…
Secondly, he didn’t fight the way boxing fans wanted him to. This may come as a shock to casual spectators – those are forgiven – but regular fans should have foreseen the same old move-and-counter stuff we’ve come to expect.
Lastly, Pacquiao’s shoulder injury. Mayweather is accustomed to the above, for sure, but he has taken great offense to the Filipino legend’s ‘shoulder excuse’. Those three reasons should just about do it.
Mayweather has now stated that Pacquiao is simply not on his level, is a “sore loser”, and would lose time and again even if they were to fight 100 more times. On behalf of the staff and BoxingBase.com, and that of fight fans, we hope we never have to see that many rematches between these two.
Boxing Gods, do your work…
You can hear just what Mayweather himself had to say below when SHOWTIME caught up with him for an interview one week after the fight.
What do you think about Mayweather’s comments and that of Pacquiao’s in wake of their record-breaking – at least in terms of figures – fight? And what did you think of Mayweather vs Pacquiao in general? We know you have some serious unloading to do fight fans, so get it all out in the comments! You can also read our Mayweather vs Pacquiao full report, and catch SHOWTIME’s Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao Epilogue for further insight into the fight itself and aftermath.
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