Manny Pacquiao lost to Floyd Mayweather decisively. Do I enjoy stating this? Absolutely not, but sometimes truth hurts. I’ll admit, I was confident that Pacquiao was going to take it to Mayweather like no other fighter has ever done before. I’m not sure if that was all blind optimism, but as a Filipino with a San Miguel in hand, I had all intentions to be celebrating during the fight. That didn’t happen. After the fight, there were a lot of questions I had in my head and people asking of me. I want to take the time to go through these questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who did you think won the fight?
- Did the fight live up to the fight?
- How did Floyd Mayweather win the fight when he was running and hugging the whole time?
- Why didn’t Manny Pacquiao throw more punches?
- Was there something wrong with Manny Pacquiao during the fight?
- Why didn’t Kenny Bayless stop the excessive hugging from Floyd Mayweather?
- Why couldn’t Manny Pacquiao string along 4-5 punch combinations?
- What would have happened if the fight took place originally 5 years ago?
- How much did each fighter make after the fight?
- Was this the biggest fight of our generation?
- What’s next for Manny Pacquiao?
- What’s next for Floyd Mayweather?
Who did you think won the fight?
Mayweather won the fight. In the end, I had Pacquiao winning 4 rounds losing the fight 112-116 which was similar to boxing analyst Howard Lederman. I gave him the 4th, 6th, 9th, and 10th. I wanted to give more rounds, but Pacquiao just couldn’t build any offense against Mayweather’s defense which was frustrating the fight.
Did the fight live up to the fight?
The fight didn’t live up to the massive hype. The build up was so big, I don’t think any fight could have lived up to the hype this had. The only way this could have been the fight everyone wanted was if Pacquiao somehow solved the Mayweather puzzle and gave him the fight of his live. That didn’t happen and it looked like another business transaction for Mayweather.
How did Floyd Mayweather win the fight when he was running and hugging the whole time?
Mayweather won the fight the way he won the 47 fights prior, with superior defense and effective counter punching. What looked like running and hugging was a strategy Mayweather had to disrupt Pacquiao’s rhythm and at times freezing his opponent which was unusual for the typical volume puncher. If Pacquiao couldn’t throw the volume he was used to to overwhelm his opponents, Mayweather brought him to his level of punches while being far more accurate with his counters. Though it was boring and frustrating from a fan’s perspective, Mayweather scored more points and rounds to win the fight.
Why didn’t Manny Pacquiao throw more punches?
I don’t know why Pacquiao didn’t throw the usual volume of punches we’re used to seeing. After the fight it was disclosed he did have a shoulder injury suffered during training camp, and with this much money riding on the fight — you couldn’t blame him for fighting through the injury.
— CompuBox (@CompuBox) May 3, 2015
While that could have added to the lack of punches, Mayweather was simply not there to hit. You can’t hit a target that’s not there and that was the story of the whole fight. Pacquiao needed to make this a street fight and make Mayweather uncomfortable similar to Marcos Maidana, Oscar De La Hoya, and Shane Mosley has done in the past. He didn’t have the tools that night to do it.
Was there something wrong with Manny Pacquiao during the fight?
After the fight, it was disclosed by Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, and Bob Arum that Pacquiao suffered a right shoulder injury during training camp. If he was 100%, would the fight have been different? I’d like to say it would have, but we’re never going to ever know.
Why didn’t Kenny Bayless stop the excessive hugging from Floyd Mayweather?
Was it really excessive hugging? I’d agree it was annoying to watch as a fan. I hated seeing Mayweather wrap Pacquiao up since it was usually during a flurry Pacquiao was trying to impose. It was like in his head he was saying, “Oh no, he’s about to get a combination in, time to hug.” This cut the usual 4-5 punch combinations to 2-3 punch combinations which translated to a much lower punch count from Pacquiao. Good game plan, but makes for a boring fight.
Why couldn’t Manny Pacquiao string along 4-5 punch combinations?
Pacquiao couldn’t string along 4-5 punch combinations on Mayweather because of 3 things:
- Superior defense which includes great footwork and seeing where the punches are coming. You can’t land 4-5 punch combos when the fighter isn’t there to hit.
- Effective counter punching. When Mayweather was in the pocket, he picked his spots to punch Pacquiao which caused Pacquiao to think too much about the counter. When you can’t catch your opponent and whenever you’re about to you get hit — that can get discouraging.
- Hugging and tying up the fighter happened when Pacquiao was on the brink of stringing along a good combination. Mayweather always knew when to stifle an oncoming onslaught.
What would have happened if the fight took place originally 5 years ago?
If the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight took place 5 years ago, it would have been a much different fight because of speed. Back then, Pacquiao was a fast fighter both in his hands and his feet. You would typically see Pacquaio move in with a flurry, pivot to the left hand of the opponent and land another flurry. He was just too fast. I didn’t think that would have made a difference during this fight, but it clearly did.
How much did each fighter make after the fight?
- Floyd Mayweather roughly made ~$180 million.
- Manny Pacquiao roughly made ~$120 million.
Was this the biggest fight of our generation?
It could’ve been, but it wasn’t. With social media, and how society is so wired today — this was probably the biggest hype a fight has gotten during a generation. But far from the biggest fight. I think this hurt boxing more than it helped.
What’s next for Manny Pacquiao?
Pacquiao currently has a contract with Top Rank until December 31, 2016. He is expected to have three more fights, one more in 2015 and two in 2016. Although, with this huge payday against Mayweather, I highly doubt he will fight three more times before 2016. I see him taking one more fight next year to finish his glorious boxing career on a high note.
What’s next for Floyd Mayweather?
— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) May 4, 2015
Mayweather has one more fight with Showtime, which is scheduled to be in September 2015. The rumors out there he will be fighting Amir Khan and looking to fill Wembley Stadium. That’s a risky fight for him, since Khan is a young dangerous fighter. It’ll be hard to top this pay day, so I won’t be surprised if he just hangs the gloves up.
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