How They See It, May 10, 2015

Mayweather vs Pacquiao 'fight of the century'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 May, 2015, 4:20am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 May, 2015, 4:20am

1. Philippine Daily Inquirer

Unlike the first fight of the century, the 1971 match between heavyweights Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, the fight of the century held at the MGM Grand will not qualify as a battle for the ages. It did not, in a word, live up to the hype. That it was a disappointment is not so much because Manny Pacquiao lost as because the defensive style of Floyd Mayweather Jr carried the day. Mayweather's 48-0 record is testament to that effectiveness; at the same time, the fact that few if any of Mayweather's fights qualify for any list of the most memorable fights of all time is proof that his style of fighting is not as exciting to watch as Pacquiao's. Both fighters gave their all, but it was Mayweather's best that prevailed. Manila

 

2. Las Vegas Review-Journal

What could have been one of boxing's greatest bouts instead resulted in the sport's latest shiner. Manny Pacquiao managed to give both boxing and the state of Nevada a black eye, not because of any punch he threw against Floyd Mayweather Jr but because he couldn't punch hard enough to make the bout competitive. Mr Pacquiao did not disclose to state officials that he had suffered a right shoulder injury in early April. But the betting public didn't know that. And the millions of people who spent $99 to watch the fight on pay-per-view didn't know that. If this debacle is as cynical as it appears, the Nevada Athletic Commission should never let Mr Pacquiao box in Nevada again. Las Vegas

 

3. Los Angeles Times

The bout generated an estimated US$475 million in ticket sales and pay-per-view fees. Not satisfied with their record-breaking haul, the promoters are now threatening to sue the companies that provided the technology used to broadcast bootlegs - a technology that the promoters themselves had used to build the pre-fight hype. Instead of wasting the courts' time, they should think about the opportunities the new technology presents. Rather than lashing out at such grass-roots broadcasting platforms, Top Rank needs to consider what happened over the weekend. The biggest story wasn't that some people found a way to watch the fight for free, but that so many paid to do so. Los Angeles