Mayweather vs Pacquaio – I beg to disagree!

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 9, 2015 22:24

Mayweather vs Pacquaio – I beg to disagree!

By Segun Odegbami © Segun Odegbami (May 4th 2015)

My Perspective

Permit me to state right from the onset that I have no authority to back the following comment on the recent fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio. So, this is just my ranting – those of an ordinary boxing fan that has been following boxing fights around the world without ever pretending to be an analyst.

The first major fight I ever watched on television was Muhammad Ali take the World Heavyweight title away from George Foreman in the ʻRumble in the Jungle’. That was an epic fight and, therefore, my only claim to the ‘authority’ to delve into this matter.

A Disappointment

The Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, despite all the unprecedented hype around it, was not the ʻFight of the Centuryʼ; it was a big disappointment. It was everything but the anticipated classic.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the unification welterweight fight has generated into controversy since the fight was declared won by a man who spent the entire 12 rounds throwing only two good punches – teasing, taunting and dancing away from his opponent. Nevertheless, Mayweather is the only man in history standing on the verge of matching the longest standing record in world boxing – Rocky Marciano’s 49 unbeaten fights.

ʻMoneyʼ as he calls himself would not be denied that opportunity by an opponent who spent all night hunting without making one kill. Pacquaio landed probably only two clean punches that found their target throughout the fight.

But Marcianoʼs record was once beaten by a distance by Mexican great Julio César Chávez who had 87 straight wins before his streak was snapped by a draw with Pernell Whitaker – a fight many believe the American had won. Chávez won two more fights before tasting defeat for the first time against Frankie Randall. Mayweather has some distance to go to match Chávezʼ streak.

Disagree

I, therefore, humbly but vigorously disagree with the verdict of the judges that gave the match to Mayweather. I must have watched a different fight!

The fight I watched should either have been written-off as a no-fight, and people’s money refunded to them – something that is unlikely to ever happen – or declared a draw and a re-match ordered. Neither of the boxers deserved to walk out of the ring that night with their heads high.

Last Saturday night I sat through the entire fight, round after round, watching closely and waiting for the much-promised explosive action that was to characterise the ‘Fight of the Century’.

At the end of the 12th round these were my thoughts:

1) Floyd Mayweather did not win the bout. He did not do anything during the fight, in my reckoning, to deserve all the accolades that have been showered on him by some analysts whose eyes must have been jaundiced and saw what I did not. You could count the number of punches that cleanly hit both boxers on the fingers of one hand. Floyd’s defensive tactics made the Pacman look clumsy and bad.

2) Manny Pacquaio was the more aggressive boxer. He spent the entire night tracking down Mayweather and trying to box him in a corner. However, he ended up throwing punches that kept missing their intended target.

3) The fight appeared to me to have been fought on the premise that for Floyd to lose that match he had to be thoroughly beaten. He did not fight to win. He fought not to lose. There is a big difference. He was not beaten, so, I agree he did not deserve to lose his crown.

Big Stakes

Given such an unusual situation, how should such a fight be judged? There was a lot at stake outside the fight than in the ring. A Pacquaio victory would have been undeserved and an injustice to boxing.

You do not destroy a rich boxing history such as Floyd possessed with such a poorly fought fight. It would have catastrophic to boxing, and to the prospects of a future bigger fight with an even bigger purse.

A Mayweather victory still holds all the aces. Pacquaio has nothing to lose from the defeat – after all he had lost a few fights in the past. He saw glimpses of the possibility he could actually have won that fight with a little bit of luck, so he would definitely seek a rematch once again, which is exactly what I hear he has expressed.

So, the conspiracy theorists may not be wrong. A rematch is almost certain to be on the cards now, and the money in this second fight will make the first one look like child’s play. Take away the politics, the conspiracies, and controversies and one thing is clear. The story of Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather has surely not ended.

I believe a rematch will give the world an authentic winner. It is only that fight that will create an authentic record, attract the biggest prize money in history and fully restore the integrity of boxing!

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 9, 2015 22:24
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