Well…the fight played out as I expected. Mayweather was elusive and Pacquiao was inaccurate in effect. That’s the typical layout of a Floyd Mayweather fight. He’s patient and doesn’t take unnecessary risks. He frustrates his opponents and makes them pay for their frustration with clean counter-punching. Unfortunately, this makes for a subdued fight.
To be honest, this fight could never live up to the hype that surrounded it. The public’s imagination became infatuated with the possibilities of a Mayweather/Pacquiao clash, but failed to see the logical outcome. Or maybe there is a deeper psychological reason why people watched this fight even though Mayweather was a heavy favorite.
Most people do not like Floyd Mayweather. He fought in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, in his favorite arena the MGM Grand, and fans were cheering for Pacquiao over him. There is a disconnect between Mayweather and the general public. He’s arrogant, braggadocios, and filthy rich. He’s also the best, and he knows it which turns people off even more. The general public likes their champions to be humble and polite.
That’s not who Floyd Mayweather is.
People don’t like him and he doesn’t care. He has learned to embrace the role of the villain. People expect to see their favorite archetype play out, which is the hero defeating the villain. Pacquiao was the hero and Mayweather always plays the villain. The problem is that Mayweather has such a mastery of boxing that there is no one out there that can beat him. Sorry people, get used to it. Mayweather is counter-punching your favorite archetype to death and there is nothing you can do about it.
Mayweather is the ultimate rebel. He’s his own person and he does things his way and doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him. I’m not saying that he is necessarily a good person, but he is an original. I will give him that.
It is Mayweather against the world, and so far, Mayweather is winning.