Mayweather the storm: Why mega fight felt like massive letdown

05/04/15 by Rennie Detore

After letting the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao boxing match sink in for the last 24 hours or so, the opinion of the fight hasn't changed at all.
It was a letdown of epic proportions.
About halfway through the bout, this so called contest between icons settled into a pace that felt more like a step aerobics video more so than the splendid sporting contest we all were promised. The fight cost $100 to those watching at home on pay per view, and the number of buys for the show is expected to top the three million dollar mark, a new record for this particular paying medium.

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The fight featured two of the best in boxing but even leading up to the fight, plenty of spectators and sports writers alike questioned if the fight was about five or six years too late. Age and timing aside, Mayweather and Pacquiao failed to generate the kind of excitement as it was happening that most fights of this magnitude do. No one wanted to talk about that left hook, right jab or anything that happened inside the ring.
That's because, quite frankly, nothing really happened. Mayweather danced around and did very little and from the start of the pre show hype for this fight, Pacquiao had the demeanor, look and feel of a fighter that was happy to be there (and to get his $100 plus million payday), more so than a ferocious challenger to Mayweather's titles and subsequent legacy.
The collective groan that took place when the final round ended and the fighters paraded around the ring and the scores were tabulated (although that was a mere formality) wasn't just from the millions of people around the world who are $100 less richer but also a live crowd that barely flinched at the fight in general and looked disinterested after the first few rounds.
Mayweather and Pacquiao should have had a big fight feel that went beyond the actual booking of the match itself. What happened inside the ring was typical of what most fights tend to be in the boxing world or sports events in general: disappointing to say the least.
Yes, this fight was boring, arduous and difficult to watch. And most likely Mayweather and Pacquiao hooked up much too late in their respective careers, which has led some to call Mayweather "cowardly" for ducking Manny until he was almost 40 years old.
But for those of us who have long since come to the conclusion that sports rarely delivers as promised, this was business as usual for a fight that generated hundreds of millions of dollars but couldn't do much to have the kind of Sunday or Monday morning buzz at the water cooler in terms of much positive comments to say.
Mayweather has said he wants to fight one more time and provided he wins stop at a perfect 49 and 0 record, tying the great Rocky Marciano and his identical record. While Mayweather's opponent isn't certain, fans undoubtedly won't learn much of a lesson with "Money" Mayweather hits the ring again and, with it, carries a hefty pay to view price tag.

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