Mayweather v. Pacquiao: Biggest Bout in Boxing History


Mayweather (left) Pacquiao (right)
The year was 2003, and my dad was talking to the family about some boxing match that was going to take place here in San Antonio at the Alamodome. I was 10 years old at the time, and I was only interested in baseball and basketball, not boxing. My dad said the fight was between Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao (website). He mentioned to us that Manny Pacquiao was Filipino, and as a Filipino family, we all went nuts and began to take some interest. Filipinos didn't have that international icon to look up to, and Pacquiao become that icon. That was the first year we watched Pacquiao fight. Pacquiao was fast and hungry to win. He dominated Barrera (who was in his prime), and the ref had to stop the fight in the last 10 seconds of the 11th round. We became Pacquiao fans that night and watched every fight he had since then.

Pacquaio rose to fame and climbed the ladder of success, winning boxing titles in 8 different weight classes, making boxing history. 

I want to say the year was 2010 when the hype began to build for the Manny Pacquiao v. Floyd Mayweather fight. The world wanted to see both of these fighters battle in their prime, but it never happened that year, or the next, or the next... or the next. After some time the world was beginning to believe and accept the fact that the fight between the two champions would never happen. 

But in January earlier this year, Mayweather and Pacquiao met at a Miami Heat game and began to discuss ways to make the bout happen. They came to terms of agreement and scheduled the fight for May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.

Yesterday marked a big day in sports history as the two mega stars finally took the ring together, but it also may have marked an end of an era. 

The Fight
When we heard the fight was going to happen, we had to throw a party.

Our eyes were glued to the screen as we watched both fighters take the stage after 5 years of waiting. Pacquiao came out loose and wired to fight, as Mayweather came out looking focused and confident, ready to defend his unbeaten record.

As round 1 started, everyone at my house grew silent. (round by round) Both fighters were feeling each other out in the first couple rounds, but about halfway through the fight Mayweather began to pull away. Mayweather kept the fight at his pace, dodging and evading Pacquiao's attacks and advances. Mayweather also kept Pacquiao at a distance having a reach advantage over Pacquiao. I don't know if Pacquiao was scared to get hit, or if Mayweather's defense was just that good, but Pacquiao did not fight like his normal self, he wasn't as aggressive as he normally is.

I watched Pacquiao swing and miss, I watched Pacquiao get hit by Mayweather's punches. I watched Pacquiao struggle to gain ground against Mayweather. My heart sank as I slowly watched Pacquiao continue to struggle. Everytime Pacquiao had Mayweather against the ropes, Mayweather would escape with minor damages. It wasn't a lively fight, and it may have not lived up to the hype, and it may be easy to get mad at Mayweather for running around the ring, or hugging Pacquiao when Pacquiao would throw a fury of punches, but they were good tactics. Mayweather has a high boxing IQ. Even though his fights are a bit slow to watch, Mayweather... Wins... Fights. Take it how you want it, argue with who you want, but you can't deny the quality fighter Mayweather is. You don't have to like him, (oh how I don't like him)  but you can't say he's a terrible fighter. 

When the fight ended, Mayweather ran around the ring raising his hands in victory. I knew Mayweather won, and I dreaded to hear the words. 118-110, 116-112, and 116-112, and winner by unanimous decision, Floyd "Money" Mayweather. I was upset that he won. I thought it was a closer fight than how the judges scored it. But I guess all fans become boxing experts on fight night right?

The People's Champion
After the fight, I sulked in my sorrow and slept on it. I'm upset Pacquiao lost, but he will always and forever be the "People's Champion" He has fans all over the world who love him whether he wins or loses. He has done so much for people (not saying Mayweather hasn't done anything to help people, because he has) as well as his country, Pacquiao is a hero in the Philippines. 

Sometimes it sucks to become so emotionally invested in something, whether it be relationships, love of sports or other things. (In this case being a Pacquiao fan) It sucks because you invest time, and faith to see that something succeed. But when it doesn't, the feeling you get is so indescribable. But those moments that lead up to it, those moments you spend with family and friends, those moments you do see your hero succeed, makes it all worth it. You are reminded why you invested so much emotion into that certain something. 

Pacquiao became a congressman for the Philippines a few years ago. Pacquiao is more than just a boxer, and after last nights loss he might look to retire. Would it be crazy to see Pacquiao become president of the Philippines? That probably is crazy, but who knows, only time will tell. We still love you Pacman, you have nothing left to prove to us or the world.




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