Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Beats Pacquiao by Unanimous Decision

"Floyd Mayweather Jr. proved a smart businessman in signing for a fight that will likely earn him $180 million or more. But the smartest thing he may have done was delay the fight five years so it would be must-see TV, even at a record price of $99.95. "Five years ago this was a $50 million fight for me," Mayweather said, "and a $20 million fight for him."
How can I watch the fight?
Well, you'll have to pay. Coverage for the fight begins at 9 p.m. ET and in order to see that coverage, you'll have to pay roughly $90 to $100 for pay-per-view, depending on if you go with standard definition or high definition.

If you're visiting Las Vegas, chances are you'll have to attend a closed-circuit viewing party. Because the MGM has exclusive rights, non MGM properties in Las Vegas can't televise the fight. So, head over to an MGM property and pay $150 if you want to watch it.

Bottom line: It'll cost you something -- unless you live in Mexico, of course.

When tickets were initially released last week, they sold out in one minute. So if you want to grab a ticket, you'll have to do so on the secondary market. And, as we've reported more than a few times, those tickets aren't going to be cheap. As of Wednesday afternoon, the least expensive ticket on StubHub can be purchased for $3,279.99. The priciest ticket can be bought for -- wait for it -- $351,005.25. According to Sports Illustrated, the average price for tickets sold on StubHub is $6,820.

Why is this fight such a big deal?
Yes, it's true -- five years ago, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao may have been a better fight. Today, the fighters are on the back nine of their primes, but again, they're still considered the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. And besides, the buildup is a big reason why this fight is such a huge deal.

For five years, boxing fans have dreamed of a matchup like this. Mayweather is undefeated in his career, 47-0, two wins shy of Rocky Marciano's iconic 49-0 career record. A win would further his rather bold claim that he is, indeed, the greatest fighter of all time. A win for Pacquiao, on the other hand, makes its own kind of history. The Filipino superstar would forever be the man who took the zero off Floyd Mayweather's record.

What are the styles of each fighter?
Styles make fights, and this one is no different. Mayweather is the crafty, savvy boxer, a defensive wizard. During his prime years, Mayweather was only hit with 16 percent of his opponents' punches. He hasn't slowed much at all in most people's eye, but if anyone can break is going to break through the defense and land some meaningful blows on Mayweather, Pacquiao is the guy.

Pacquiao, one of the most aggressive, offensive forces of his generation, is the perfect contrast to Mayweather's conservative style. It won't be easy. You don't connect often on Mayweather so you have to be even more active. Our Jason Keidel believes Pacquiao needs to throw upwards of 800 punches to have a shot to win.

But of course, it only takes one punch to knock someone out. Even Mayweather. And many people, including Manny's trainer Freddie Roach, believe Pacquiao is the man who will finally KO Mayweather.

Even Mike Tyson says Manny's "perpetual motion" will ultimately win out.

Who is the favorite in the fight?
It's Floyd Mayweather. He's 47-0, and he's receiving 60 percent of the split while Pacquiao only gets 40 percent. According to the latest odds posted on Bovada, Mayweather is listed at -225 and Pacquiao is listed at +175.

This is Mayweather's fight to win, but don't be shocked if Pacquiao pulls off the upset. There's a reason why fans have been calling for this fight for years -- Pacquiao is Mayweather's biggest test.

After it was reported that Manny Pacquiao fought, and lost to, Floyd Mayweather Jr. this past Saturday night with a significantly torn right rotator cuff, The Associated Press is now reporting that Pacquiao could in fact face disciplinary action for not disclosing the injury on a pre-fight questionnaire.

Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar has said that the state attorney general's office will investigate why Pacquiao checked the "no" box a day before the fight on a commission questionnaire asking whether he had an injury -- which he clearly knew he did.

Pacquiao could face a fine or suspension for not answering the question accurately. The fine shouldn't be a problem. Pacquaio is believed to be in line for somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million for the Mayweather fight -- a loss by unanimous decision -- and Forbes recently reported that the Filipino superstar's career earnings will soon move past $400 million.

The suspension wouldn't seem to be a huge deal, either, at least not in the near-term, being that the shoulder surgery Pacquiao will soon undergo will reportedly keep him out of competition for 9-12 months.

The most troubling part of all of this, if you take one glance at the reactions on Twitter, is that fight fans feel gypped. They were expecting one of the great bouts in boxing history and instead got a relatively actionless fight in which a now clearly injured Pacquiao was only able to throw roughly half the punches he normal does -- virtually none of which packed anything close to the power for which the Filipino has become famous.

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