The oft-repeated saying in boxing is that a boxer has a plan … until he gets hit. That’s why it was so disappointing to see Manny Pacquiao abandon any semblance of a plan that could secure him a win against the wily Floyd Mayweather, even though he was not hit.
Where was the dynamo who was supposed to swarm Mayweather with punches too rapid for the eye to see? Manny is no Ali but the huge disparity in the sheer number of punches thrown and connected by Mayweather made this an embarrassing no-contest, no matter what the pundits may claim.
Pacquiao is known to throw hundred punches per round. That boxer was nowhere in evidence in tonight’s PPV extravaganza that is expected to generate about a billion dollars in revenue, after every cent is counted.
A pall of gloom descended on Manny’s supporters watching the fight on Pay-Per-View after the fourth round – Manny’s best round – when it began to dawn on everyone that Pacquiao was being outclassed by the unpopular Mayweather, who slipped punches with an ease painful for Manny’s fans, both at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and beyond.
“I thought I won the fight,” said Manny after the fight. “He’s moving around. It’s not easy to throw punches when he’s moving around so much.”
Really? You didn’t know that, Manny, even though boxing fans around the world knew?
What about Freddie Roach, your coach?
That’s another thing.
At the corner, Floyd Mayweather, Sr., Mayweather’s coach, was infuriated with his son for his supposed lack of action. That’s what motivates fighters. What are you doing, the dad scolded the son between rounds, disgust and anger written all over his face. This, when Mayweather was clearly ahead on points!
Freddie Roach, on the other hand, seemed hardly engaged with his charge. There was no emotion, no anguish, and no sense of a loss looming to inspire a spirited and furious attack by the man Filipinos revere as an icon. If the origin plan fell by the wayside for whatever reason, weren’t you supposed to come up with another, Freddie?
If Pacquiao could convincingly carry the last two rounds, rounds 11 and 12, he would still have a chance but Mayweather handily won both, extinguishing any flickering hope his opponent may have harbored.
The highest-grossing fight in history was billed as a fight between good and evil but in the end it came down to a contest between superior skills against merely good skills. Floyd Mayweather will never win any popularity contest, given his record of domestic violence and reckless personal life, but in the ring he proved to be the more nuanced and effective boxer in every department, and for that he deserves recognition as one of the greatest ever.
The fight, and the outrageous revenue it garnered, should not eclipse what it says about the value society places on entertainment relative to education.
By all account, winner Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is expected to clear $200 million or more from his 12 rounds of work, at 3 minutes per round. Let’s say his expenses and tax comes to about $50 million. That leaves $150 million for 36 minutes of work, which comes to about $4.2 million per minute!
Think about it. A teacher at a prestigious American college or university considers himself lucky if he can earn about $100,000 per year for shaping minds. It will take this teacher over 40 years to earn what Floyd Mayweather earned in a minute in a desert city in Nevada.
The comparison is not fair, you may say. What about superstar teachers and the Nobel Laureates, who, along with high salaries, command handsome consulting fees from industry and the private sector for their expertise? Yes, they too perhaps earn in the millions but we are talking years, not minutes!
An entertainment culture is valued far more highly in the modern world than a culture of knowledge, and that is not about to change anytime soon.