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Floyd Mayweather Beats Manny Pacquiao In The Hype Of The Century

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Among the many who bought the hundred bucks Pay Per View fight on the century and then couldn’t see it because the demand overwhelmed Time Warner, until, at the last moment, deciding to go for the SD version, let me be the first to say: it wasn’t close to worth it.

In 2015 the fighters don’t have the derring do, the risk factor that permanently damaged the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali, the ability to go into the ring and beat each other silly with a mix of gravity and gravity defying beauty.

There is no excuse for loving violent sports. Wait, maybe one. We are violent animals and we like our entertainments with the crunch of the punch. Men are being hurt for our entertainment, and also, we so we can act out our violent urges through third parties. To deny we are violence prone is ridiculous. I know from my own self how capable of violence a person can we be. Boxing is the manifestation of our most basic urges. I am neither ashamed of that, nor willing to control it more than I already do. I will not be civilized out of my mind, out of what I am.

The fight of the century, Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao last night in a welterweight unification bout to lay claim to pound-for-pound supremacy, later Manny claimed he injured his shoulder before the fight. Perhaps that explains his uninspired, staid and boring head down style, where he neither bobbed, weaved, aimed, nor hit Floyd Mayweather. Meanwhile Floyd kept Manny at arms length and clinching when he couldn’t for the evening, while taking solid pot shots from time to time, to mass up the rounds in the dreary, boring, scientific, defensive masterpiece of meh.

There has been a steady downward spiral in professional boxing ever since Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in 1990 and the sweet science became the science with the always careful Lennox Lewis. Some great matches over the past quarter century, sure, but no “Rumbles In The Jungle” or “Thrilla In Manila” and last nights (this mornings to be accurate) was yet another scientific ode to playing smart not tough.

If the $400 Million profits for HBO and SHO prove anything, it is they will have a hard time repeating. Nobody who watched it turned on to boxing, it was an event that grew bigger than itself, the hype caught on, but it was a performance that dragged on and on and on, like it was an Avengers movie or something, with no payoff or payback.

It was a disastrous fight for boxing, an overhyped horrorshow.

 

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