By Bobby Creed: So, it’s all done and done. Just about every fight fan both casual and hardcore sat glued to their TV screens across the globe ready to watch ‘The Fight of the Century’ between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, a clash that was meant to be a shining light for the sport of boxing last Saturday night.
Less than 72 hours later and what are we left with one of our top stars out of the game for almost a year, and a guy [Pacquiao] with his arm in a sling. There’s a ton of slander being slung around, mud of the sticking kind and with information as easily accessible as it is today, and everybody is guilty of something.
Oh and by the way, there was actually a fight last Saturday night. So, without further ado, let’s start a little analysis, of the real kind.
Pacquiao, guilty. Guilty of robbery of fans hard earned readies, the fighter going into the biggest fight of his career carrying the hopes of an entire nation on an injured shoulder, his trainer fully aware of it and with no intention of pulling out, with a false view of giving the fans what they craved, instead they rolled the dice for the cash. Pacquiao, guilty of selling out not only himself but his legions of fans.
Perhaps most of all, guilty of taking the shine off of Mayweather’s points win over him, Mayweather is a defensive genius but not even his almost impregnable defence can withstand the stench of an athlete crying foul after a contest is all but won. Mayweather, guilty. Guilty of promoting the biggest selling fight in history almost impeccably with a respect so rarely seen from him in the past. Guilty of training relentlessly to ensure victory over the nemesis whose name has silently tormented him for almost 5 years. Guilty of turning up on the biggest night of his career and putting in a fine defensive display while capitalizing on his opponents misgivings for 36 minutes. Guilty of moving within 1 historic victory of the great Rocky Marciano’s record. Guilty of receiving a fans backlash for being almost too good for his own good, guilty as charged.
Mayweather is quite possibly the finest defensive fighter of the last 50 years, a gift that is under appreciated in the modern era. An unbeaten defensive master and the finest 147lb fighter of his generation. Mayweather is guilty of turning up and doing his job to the best of his ability. Credit where it’s due these days seems to be rare in supply with fans in a recession type mood as far as ‘Money’ goes. The entire MGM Grand howled their disapproval of him as he raised his arms in victory. God help him when he does something wrong in the ring.
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