Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao during their fight on May 2 in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)
By Vitali Shaposhnikov
This question does not call for an involved debate or a complicated answer. Aside from becoming the most financially successful sporting event in sports history, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao was also the most discussed one as well.
#MayPac blew up Twitter, with the fight being mentioned over 5 million times during the actual bout, peaking at 150,000 Tweets a minute.
Mayweather Jr. was mentioned 3.4 million times, while Pacquiao was Tweeted 1.6 million times.
The entire world was abuzz on May 2, and like it or not, the fight ended up being exactly what it was supposed be from the beginning. The writing was practically on the wall: Mayweather will fight the way he always fights, with Pacquiao following suit.
The fight needed to happen in order to put the everlasting question to rest, but it also gave the boxing enthusiasts an opportunity witness the pinnacle of power, offense, and energy versus the pinnacle of strategy and technical skill.
It so happens that over time people come to respect, look up to, and even love a fighter for the things that he represents to them. With that often comes some degree of abandonment of the boxing abilities that this person possesses.
If styles truly make fights, than Mayweather was destined to come out a winner, no matter if it was a lackluster fight or not.
Ever since the fight I have noticed that casual sports fans were not pleased with their purchase, while those more involved with the sport were much more satisfied with the fight and its outcome. Most expected a war, which is something that Mayweather simply does not get involved in; it goes against his style.
It being a truly historic event for the sport of boxing, the wait, the price, and the outcome were all worth the wait. After all, we can now say that we had witnessed the fight, a winner was declared with solidity, and this historic event is now itself history.
Vitali Shaposhnikov can be reached at email@example.com