By now, we’ve heard about the boxing fight of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at the Las Vegas Grand on Sunday morning. Whereas the fight itself did not live up to that illustrious build up, we did have another battle of sorts thriving. That battle for hearts and minds pitched well versus evil.
In one corner there was Floyd Mayweather, an American professional boxer who remains undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion. Apparently, he is flash, braggadocio and arrogant. Manny Pacquiao, a married, vocal Christian, is apparently reserved, humble and quiet. One who worships money, the other worships God. The analogy stretches even into their personal lives.
Offline Fight of the Century
We do not support nor condone Floyd Mayweather’s well-reported scabrous attitude towards beating girlfriends or intimidating his children. As far as I am concerned, that’s his personal, family affair. When it comes to his boxing, things are much clearer. If you punch harder and more often, dodge quicker and plot a better strategy than your opponent, you win. On Sunday morning, Mayweather was a big winner.
He spent time in prison for his misdemeanours but we’re living in a time when people are marrying personal behaviour with public participation in sport and crucifying those who fall short of the ideal squeaky clean. Mayweather is as far from this ideal as you could get. The thing that has kept him focused is his stance on business. Simply put it is “show me the money”. For him “making money isn’t just the most important thing: it is the only thing.” That’s coming straight from the man himself.
When Mayweather won his fight against Pacquiao and preened himself on the ropes before the packed and baying crowd at the Las Vegas Grand, instead of the expected cheers, he got a united chorus of boos.
The most surprising thing about this is that the booing weren’t coming from Pacquiao’s Philippine supporters. They were coming from Americans – black, white, Hispanics, whatever – in the audience. It’s a good that the most important thing in business is something else. Making money is and Mayweather made more than many of those booers in the audience will ever make in a lifetime.
It’s not just the $750,000 bet he placed on himself to win. It’s not even the reported $200 million he took home in prize money. It’s his shrewd mind in engineering this fight at least five years before it happened, calculating that in delaying it would generate more interest and money than if happened when people expected it.
His relationships struggle and harshness with his kids may overshadow his glory, but when it comes to taking care of business, he has proven to a genius. Some will try to discredit this fact by smearing his private life into his face. That goes with territory, as far as Mayweather is concerned. Where respect is due, it is due and to outsmart so many people’s hate and emerge on top is something to respect, despite any apprehension or trepidation.
After the fight, Mayweather announced he would be relinquish all three of his championship belts, having one last fight in September and then retire. Whether he is serious or not is something, we will eventually discover. One thing is for sure. Don’t bet against this being another part of his genius strategy to make even more money from boxing.