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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The day after tomorrow

1-02By Yannis Mihanos: Like there is no Tomorrow. That’s what I expected from the so called “Battle of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This huge pay per view event should have been an experience once in a lifetime.

The two greatest fighters for a whole generation Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao. But little did I know it would be a disappointment.

As a Pacquiao fan I was eagerly expecting for the pumping moment. The moment where Pac would finally pull the trigger and start firing at will and at Mayweather and so I kept waiting and waiting, round after round after round, until the end of the match finally came. It was such a big letdown.

I mean I never expected from Mayweather to go all out there and be a killing machine. I knew what to expect from Mayweather more or less.

Mayweather has never been and never will be an explosive fighter that’s not his style anyway.

But this is Pacquiao’s style and that’s one of the reasons why he has so many fans from all around the world.

So the whole expectation was coming out of how Pacquiao would compete.

How Pacquiao would step up a gear and make this fight as entertaining and memorable as ever. Of course it never happened, because Pacquiao was far from competitive. He was a big letdown.

And then comes the same Pacquiao after the fight and says that he has won and that he has been injured for some time now. And I am here saying to myself: What a bunch of baloney.

So according to his claims this should have been my next article title: A heroic and injured Pacquiao loses from Mayweather.

In a war there are always loses from both sides.

Do you honestly believe dear reader that Mayweather didn’t have injuries during the fight or in the training?

It seems to me that Pacquiao couldn’t accept his defeat. He couldn’t accept that he was simply overwhelmed by Mayweather’s superior awareness ability.

And yes I don’t doubt that Pacquiao suffered from his shoulder injury, that he might have been better without it.

Still, trying to minimize the victory from the winner only smaller makes the loser.

I would have preferred from Manny to say something like this: “Today I lost from a greater fighter, I will try my best next time to make up for this loss”.

In many sports especially the ones that rely on singular performance like boxing, tennis ,running or cycling , athletes often have to compete at a disadvantage, maybe it’s because of too much heavy load before the match or they are sore, injured or something else. Either way they have to suck it up and do it anyway.

–Because no one waits for them the day after tomorrow.

The day after tomorrow, history will remember only the winner and the rest are excuses that no one cares to listen.

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