As that one meme goes, “Das it, mane”.
I don’t personally know Floyd Mayweather, Jr. but I reckon there’s enough information about him to conclude that he’s a piece of shit — his history of domestic abuse validates that. For that reason, and the fact that I’ve never been a fan of his boxing style, I wanted to see Manny Pacquiao win, although I objectively figured Floyd had this fight in the bag before it even began.
In the first two rounds, it was evident that Floyd was two steps ahead of Manny. Manny would bullrush him and Floyd would deftly dart out of the way. Detractors of Floyd’s boxing style call this “running”. In the following rounds, when Manny had Floyd near the ropes, Floyd clinched. Detractors of Floyd’s boxing style call this “hugging”.
Floyd controlled the entire fight — Manny won a few rounds, but he was never in control. Floyd caught him with some beautifully placed shots and remained on the move. Casual fans that have been chiming in since the fight ended are ignorant about the sweet, sweet science of movement in boxing. Head movement, foot work, punch, move, punch, bob and go.
Imagine if social media and the internet were around during 1974 at the time of the “Rumble in the Jungle”, when Muhammad Ali fought the much bigger, stronger George Foreman and remained on the move the entire fight. Now, say what you want about Ali, but he was a much popular boxer and more well liked human being back then that what Floyd will ever be today, but Ali was on the reverse for much of that fight.
Last night’s bout is probably the last time boxing will ever be that big. Why? Too much corruption, there’s no collective governing body, too many handpicking of opponents by champions, not enough marketing of its champions and stars, too much greediness, too many organizations.
Please, no rematch. There’s no need to watch these two go at it again. Nothing about last night stands to reason that a second fight would look any different.