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What Fight? There Never Was A Fight!

Written By: Rex Solano - May• 21•15

At the Leeward Bowling establishment here in Pearl City, Hawaii, a man approached and asked me, “What do you think of the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao last Saturday ( May 2 ) in Las Vegas? To this I answered him back in a sarcastic tone of voice, “What fight? There never was a fight! There was no action, no excitement and no fun at all. What I saw was Manny Pacquiao pursuing aggressively the back-pedaling Floyd Mayweather Jr, protecting his face with a pair of gloves. Mayweather Jr clinched so many times, sometimes held Manny’s head and hand. Floyd employed his defensive strategy, the coward type of any boxer who resorted to the “hit and run tactic.” To this he nodded his head knowing that I was on Manny’s side. Then I added telling the man that the Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao fight reminded me of Joshua Clottey who for the duration of 12 rounds just ran around in the ring protecting himself.” Now the same could be said about Mayweather Jr. Sport writers considered Mayweather Jr. as one of the best pounds for pound fighter. My foot! Mayweather Jr. had not proven nor impressed me as he showcased his boxing style. For me this bout with Manny Pacquiao was a failure, a dud and shameful disappointment. I paid the pay preview provider an exorbitant charge of almost $100 and the fight was not even worth its hype, considering it was advertised as “the fight of the century.” The fight was so boring, except for Manny Pacquiao who was aggressively determined to knock Floyd Mayweather,Jr., down. But what we saw in Mayweather Jr was like a turtle hiding his neck under the shell. Even the decision of the three ringside judges, giving a majority victory to Mayweather Jr. was unreal, unbelievable in itself, and disappointing at the very worst. I recorded the fight and watched it intently round by round. I scored the first round even as both fighters tried to feel and analyze each other style. I had Manny winning rounds 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10, a total of 7 rounds. Forget that Manny Pacquiao was fighting with an injured right shoulder; yet Manny carries the actions, trying to dismiss the notion of displaying an ugly and boring fight. Mayweather jr. was pinned against the rope so many times and what he did was just trying to protect his $180 million face and left some boxing fans crying of a sham, deceits and taken for a ride. If there was a song playing in the background during their fighting encounter it would be to the tune of “Runaround Sue”. That would perfectly justify the ugly ending of a very disinterested fight.

“Floyd Mayweather Jr may have won this morning, but it doesn’t really matter. He could defeat ten more of Manny Pacquiao but he will never be remembered the way Pacman will be as a true fighter. Money stands for nothing. He may be undefeated, but he is not a champion. Manny Pacquiao is and always will be.” – MUHAMMAD ALI.

Those were the words and statements of Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time, who shared his opinions over what he thought was a one sided decision by the three judges favoring and handing a controversial majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. When true icons of boxing greats like Muhammad Ali, Shane Mosley and Evander Holyfield sharing their unsolicited opinions about the fight, doubting a questionable victory by Floyd Mayweather Jr, we can only empathize with the boxing fans how they were treated wrongly. They were all good fighters during their times and for them to believe that the three judges erred in rendering a unanimous decision in favor of Floyd Mayweather Jr. will leave an impressionable dent to the boxing industry. For one thing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. did not mix it up with Manny Pacquaiao; not even to provide suspenseful actions for what the spectators and boxing viewers wanted to see. We were treated with Manny Pacquiao, being the aggressor and pursuing relentlessly the runaround demeanor of Floyd Mayweather Jr. They could have at least mixed it up and Floyd could give the boxing fans some actions, something to cheer about; a good fight at the very least. But for Floyd Mayweather jr, sad to say, was running, dancing around all night, covering his face with his pair of gloves, and when he gets a chance embraces Manny to the screaming and booing of the boxing fans. Muhammad Ali was right in his assessment and true to his sincere words that to possess a heart of a true champion; one must prove to be valiant, courageous and determined to slug it out with the opponent to achieve a clear victory, approval and satisfaction of the boxing fans. Muhammad Ali knows what boxing is all about. Who would have forgotten the classic fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali known as the “Thrilla of Manila?” That’s what boxing is defined, executed and performed in the ring, packed full of actions, a desperate fighter trying to out-slug one another and to engage in a ferocious decadence of grits and courage; the submission of the will to survive. The billing about the fight of the century was not even close to the “Thrilla of Manila” featuring two of the best heavyweight fighters of all time, Muhammad Ali and the late Joe Frazier.

We have known and witnessed some of the best boxing matches like the Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran where boxing fans were entertained till the very end when Roberto Duran would no longer answer to the bell and screamed to his trainer “No Mas.”

The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will go down in history as a sham, soon to forget and never to be talked about again. History will never recognize and immortalize Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a good fighter and a true champion, even if he has unblemished records of 48-0. His last fight with Pacquiao obliterates his boxing accomplishment and spells the notion that he is an opportunistic fighter, who relies mostly on his defensive strategy and wondering how boxing fans were so enthused or even could care less about his type of boxing style. He may probably gain some of the respect and admiration of his boxing followers, but for me I had seen enough of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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