After years of waiting and 12 rounds of boxing on Saturday night, the “decision” is in to who is the Unified Worldwelterweight champion. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. beat Manny Pacquiao by “unanimous” decision in Las Vegas.
Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 118-110 and judges Burt Clements and Glenn Feldman both had it 116-112.
But who is the real Champion?
Innocent cash cows and the Mafias of boxing rule the game, and greed is the biggest winner of all.
I am not a huge follower of the sport, but I was drawn to the story behind of this super fight, especially after Oscar deal Hoya said “I do feel that Mayweather was pressured into this fight. I believe that he was boxed in from the pressure coming from Les Mooves, Bob Arum, Pacquiao and Golden Boy. Now, Mayweather must perform and must sustain the constant pressure of 12 rounds against a fighter (Pacquiao) he knows will bring all he has to the bout. Pacquiao is going to force the fight.”
Greed is the game
UAE had offered Mayweather $110 million last year out of a record-setting total purse of almost $200 million to fight Pacquiao in Abu Dhabi.
According to BoxingScene.com website, M. Akbar Muhammad said: “The Abu Dhabi group … is ready, willing and able to fund to the extent necessary to turn the theory of a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight into reality.”
President and Chief Operating Officer of Akbar Productions, LLC of New Jersey, USA, Muhammad says the investment group which was prepared to offer combined purses to Mayweather and Pacquiao of almost $200 million, is comprised of individuals from Abu Dhabi.
According to the contract, no matter who wins, Mayweather gets 60% and Pacman gets 40% financial split in favour of his rival for the mythical title of greatest pound-for-pound boxer in the world and have the biggest payday we have seen in any professional athlete in history.
Mayweather is greedy and refused 50-50 split plus he called all the shot: The referee chosen worked as Mayweather’s referee for the last 11 years. Moretti, as told by my insiders, has ties with the mafia, plus demanding a re-match clause in the contract if he succumbs to the mounting pressure to fight Pacquiao and then loses.
Chris Carlson wrote that HBO and Showtime muscled their way into making this super fight happen as well:
The Al Haymon/Floyd Mayweather side holds plenty of pieces to the puzzle being that Mayweather doesn’t need Manny and Top Rank to make large chunks of money.
Being that Floyd gets paid as a fighter and promoter he is in no rush to get a huge payday that would come May 2 versus Pacman. The only pressure that can be applied to the Money May would have to come from within the ranks of Showtime Sports VP/GM and the CEO of CBS. Clearly Floyd holds much of the bargaining chips from a fighter level and with Al Haymon as his “advisor” only increasing his power with Haymon’s pull with Showtime as we all witnessed in the second half of 2014.
Let’s peel the layers back even more by diving into the network issues that have complicated the negotiations even more. As we all know Mayweather signed a six fight deal with Showtime and has two bouts remaining on the contract. Three out of the four PPV’s reportedly fell short of expectation giving Showtime/CBS more incentive to push even harder for this mega fight in order to make their major investment worthwhile.
Even though HBO spent plenty of budget dollars on Mayweather from 1998 to 2005 it pales in comparison to the dollars that Showtime and parent company CBS has spent. From 2005(Besides Mitchell fight) to 2012, Mayweather was a HBO PPV fighter thus taking the purse burden off of HBO, placing it on to the promoter whether it was Top Rank, Goosen, or Golden Boy. In fact, HBO made lots of money off Mayweather without having to lay down the big money he started to make later in his career.
The Showtime deal has been estimated at 200 million dollars minimum so clearly they have some leverage pertaining to the rebroadcast and more importantly the bigger percentage on the back-end. Time will tell if Les Moones and Stephen Espinoza truly have Floyd Mayweather on board despite the doubt made public by Bob Arum and the boxing fans.
It should be noted that Espinoza, when defending recent PPV sales on Twitter, stated that the guaranteed money is still on the promoter (Golden Boy) and let us not forget that it was a Golden Boy check that Money May showed to the world worth 41.5 million for his Canelo fight. The info on who covers the losses and the structure of the deal is private. Even with the loss on PPV Showtime may have access to the live gate which means that in 2014 they made money on those Maidana fights generating a combined 32 million.
HBO boxing has been the top-tier network for some time now and with Ken Hershman behind the wheel has brought fresh air to what had been a clouded game-plan in recent years. They too have negotiating power and under Hershman haven’t been afraid to flex their muscles when they see fit.
There first Arnold (flex-pose) moment as it pertains to this subject is when Top Rank resigned Manny Pacquiao. According to Arum, HBO pitched in to help retain his services and for their effort now hold an important bargaining chip as well. For the last few weeks Bob Arum and Stephen Espinoza traded barbs on the internet. Thru all of the back and forth HBO had stayed quiet even as public perception began to turn against them as the primary reason that talks were at a standstill.
That was the case until early this week when the network sent out a press release which seemed odd and a bit out of place, considering how easy it would be for Hershman to pick up a phone for a quick interview. They basically stated they ready to go and were not impeding the process. In fact they claim that the fighters still need to work out their differences.
HBO can use their prior investment during the early and prime stages of Mayweather’s career as a case for why they should get what they want. And what do they want you ask? It’s been rumored that HBO doesn’t want to do the same deal that was agreed on in 2002 between the two networks that gave the winner of the Lewis/HBO vs. Tyson/Showtime fight the rights to the rebroadcast. Instead it sounds like HBO is asking for a dual broadcast and have already schedule an interesting fight to pair with the PPV replay.
For weeks HBO may have been quiet verbally but judging by their actions, Canelo vs. Kirkland sends a clear message they don’t intend to budge. If Mayweather rematches Miguel Cotto, HBO will counter with a May 2 non-PPV that could possible dip into Showtime/Mayweather’s revenue both on PPV and at the gate in Las Vegas. That’s right we could get a repeat of 2012, this time on a much higher scale with Canelo scheduled for the Thomas Mack Center on May 2 to go head to head with whomever Mayweather fights at the MGM Grand Arena if the parties involved can’t agree to terms.
The head to head clash issue was forced by none other than Golden Boy Promotions whom once again is using Canelo as a thorn in a network’s pride, this time being Showtime instead of HBO. Don’t be fooled by all the Cold War being over talk, it has just begun to thaw. The fight that was supposed to officially bring an end to the Cold War was Canelo vs. Cotto. Oscar and Arum tried to squeeze Mayweather off the Cinco De Mayo date which has been a PPV fixture no matter who is fighting, contrary to Arum’s save it for the Mexican fighters themed rant. Arum didn’t have a problem when he scheduled Pacquiao versus Shane Mosley or Ricky Hatton on that coveted weekend.
Tickets sales plummeted
Boxing fans who can make their way to Las Vegas might actually be able to buy a ticket to the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao for close to face value come Saturday night.
The roughly 500 tickets released to the public sold out within minutes last week, but the resale market — minus an initial blip after tickets were committed to the promoters, sponsors and high rollers — has started to fall.
More than 30 tickets sold early Friday on StubHub, as of 9:45 a.m. ET, for an average price of $3,899. That’s compared to 156 tickets that sold for an average of about $800 more on Thursday ($4,693). Perhaps the most troubling sign for those selling tickets is that 10 tickets sold for less than the investment in the ticket, after fees.
Rovell also reported on the reasons why:
Many insiders believe the market crashed because of the early hype around the prices for the seats. While the market appeared to hold — as of last Saturday, StubHub had sold 252 tickets for an average price of $6,583 — the quantity of tickets being sold was relatively low.
One broker, who requested anonymity, said he believes even high rollers were scared off. Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said last month that anyone who wanted to get the best seats at the fight had to have a credit line of at least $250,000 with MGM.
Let’s not forget Uncle Sam!
Uncle Sam was another sure winner between Pacquiao and Mayweather super fight.
The State of Nevada is not getting a dime, but U.S. government requires them to pay 39.6% federal tax on their winnings. Mayweather will be getting $120 million and Pacquiao gets $80 million. This puts them in high income level and therefore, Mayweather will owe the IRS $48 million and Pacquiao will need to fork out $32 million to the U.S. government.
In addition to the income tax, they both need to pay Medicare tax at least 1.45% but since they are high in ome earners, add 0.9% surcharge tax. A lot more deductions will included like Social Security and other unknown. But expect at least 40% deduction to their individual total earning.
Let’s not forget all the endorsements and the other $200M revenue from HBO and Showtime exclusive rights of pay-per-view streaming around the world. Forget about the fact that people were also being charged regardless of the technical difficulties to where they couldn’t see the entire planned program being streamed live from Las Vegas.
The heart of the matter: Character
Manny Pacquiao? and Floyd Mayweather? Jr. are this era’s most sought after fighters to ever lace their gloves in our time. Whenever the sweet science of boxing is mentioned, these two names are always mentioned.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was, and still is, being hated by people, much more so after the superfight results. Boxing fans pay to watch him fight and hopefully to see him lose. It’s no wonder when they declared him a winner, the entire arena booed for him. Floyd’s cherry picking skills frustrate boxing fans and yet this cunning strategy is what made Floyd still undefeated, when it truth, the right term to be used on Floyd should be ‘untested’. He hasn’t really shown much impressive skills as a true boxing fighter as many real professional boxers would say.
On the contrary, Manny Pacquiao is so loved by the people around the world that they always watch him fight. Win or lose they would still love him because Pac-Man brings in the entertainment and sincerity they never see in any of Floyd’s fights which are most of the time boring due to Floyd’s reluctance to fight toe to toe. Of course everyone understands Floyd for running away from an opponent, I would too since I don’t want to get hit and his style can be easily masked behind as the sweet science’s principle of “hit, but don’t get hit”. Those who follow the sport all knew what happened to Floyd when he tried to slug it out, he was bloodied and his nose got busted by past his prime Miguel Cotto. Truly, Floyd’s “my-health-comes-first” principle is his priority whenever he steps in the ring, and every coward understand that.
Manny Pacquiao, on the other hand, never minds the threat his opponent may bring. “Bring it on!” is what a true fighter says. Manny is a gracious man and always think about his own fans by giving them real entertainment and he will fight anyone put in front of him making every payer’s money’s worth. When he faced Antonio Margarito, there was 17 pounds disparity between their weights but nevertheless, Pac-Man never backed out from that fight. It’s what real fighters do, not say.
It is important to note that Pacquiao accommodates his opponents by meeting them halfway, which unknowledgeable boxing fans despised because they can’t accept catchweight fights. They pointed out that a fighter will be weight drained during the fight, but they never saw a small Pacquiao climbing up in weight and therefore has to bloat himself up which made the fight an even playing field. However, if these same people would notice, Floyd never meets bigger or smaller opponents halfway to accommodate them. They have the burden of going into Floyd’s fighting weight if they want to face Floyd, therefore giving Floyd all the advantages which, of course, will be seen by his blinded fans as another “extra ordinary” performance of the Money.
Floyd Mayweather declared on May 2 in Las Vegas that he is a better than Muhammad Ali.
“He called himself The Greatest and I call myself TBE (The Best Ever),” Mayweather said. “I’m pretty sure I’ll get criticized for what I said, but I could care less. I could care less about the backlash.”
Truth be told, Muhammad Ali because he is less-than-impressed with Mayweather’s lifestyle out of the ring.? Ali endorsed and fully supported Manny Pacquiao instead of Mayweather because not only Manny is the better fighter but Pacquaio channels much of his earnings into helping the poor in the Philippines and is increasingly involved in politics in his home country, whereas Mayweather is renowned for narcissism and arrogantly flaunting his wealth on social media.
“My dad is Team Pacquiao all the way! My dad stood for things,” Rasheda Ali said. “Mayweather … I don’t think there’s a comparison. My dad really likes Manny. He’s a huge fan of his. He knows Manny’s a great fighter … but it’s more about what he does outside the ring. He’s such a charitable person.”
Closer look of these two men’s characters, Floyd is a woman beater and had brushes with the law in several occasions. Add to these, Floyd’s never ending gambling and partying activities drain his coffers.
There is a reason why Floyd has a moniker called “Money“.
Mayweather reportedly dropped close to $700,000 at “Pristine Jewelers” in the Diamond District, according to TMZ.
When Mayweather was in the thick of his preparations for the bout with Argentinean boxer Marcos Maidana, he flew to the Big APPLE to bought himself a Russian-cut 60-carat diamond wristwatch made by Rafaello and Company for $1 million.
According to TMZ Sports, Mayweather used the Peerless 125—an 18-karat gold pen worth $4,000—to sign the contract for the Pacquiao fight. Something that valuable requires the use of white gloves. He also “retired” the pen after signing the contract, per TMZ, calling it “a part of history.”
Mayweather recently revealed that he was using a $1,000-a-plate chef for his meals as he prepared to take on Manny Pacquiao.
On the other hand, when Manny Pacquiao turned Algieri into a human yo-yo, he used his multi-million purse and dipped deep to fund the education of three hundred under-privileged kids in the poor district of the Philippines which he represents as a Congressman.
He is also paying the school fees as well providing the computers and other equipment.
Floyd Mayweather has used a portion of the $40 million he received for his repeat victory over Marcos Maidana to fuel more of his latest glitzy extravagance, the purchase of a gold-plated Bentley golf buggy for his son’s birthday.
Manny spends his earnings intelligently. He had already lots of businesses in the Philippines and he was also named the richest congressman in his country without any liabilities. While Pac-Man multiplies his money, Floyd continues to deplete his bank books. Pac-Man was so loved by the people that’s why he was the right choice for big companies to endorse their products. Let us not forget that Manny was even invited to the White House by no less than the American President Barack Obama? himself, but not Floyd who, ironically, is an American.
There was also an instance wherein an American Senator who was then running for another term opted to have the Filipino icon to endorse him, who of course won in that election. And just lately, Pac-Man ran unopposed in the recently concluded mid-term election in his country wherein he will once again represent their district in the legislative body of the Philippine government, truly showing that he was loved by all.
Everybody lost to Mayweather because everybody just wanted to win. It was greed driven. Ego driven. They all lost. You cannot beat a narcissistic Ego to his own game he invented himself.
Who would expect Pacquiao to be victorious on May 2nd apart from an aim to knock a barrier down? If Mayweather was fair and true to the principles of sportmanship, what could he actually do to make against multiple blinding combinations except do a “toe-to-toe” and sway to Pac’s rock and roll music? If that happened, Floyd would have fallen, or at best, the ref would have run for the rescue. Floyd KNEW he never was the better fighter than Manny. He didn’t have the chance. Why else all the hugging during the rounds – a sly tactic to use up precious seconds.
The real question to ask is not how Pacquiao could have beaten Mayweather, but how Pacquiao would KO Mayweather into the cold.
The way to have beaten Mayweather is to KO Mayweather, at least with that determined goal in mind, as simply everything was stacked up against Pac-Man. The knockout ought to be intentional and to only way to beat a cunning Goliath.
The Mega Bout for Pacquiao involved his heart, not just his fists. But for Mayweather, it’s his ego. During the fight’s LA press conference, Floyd lectured: “Winning is in the mind.” Wrong, it’s in the heart. And it’s in that place where Mayweather has issues and struggles to this date, now that he’ll be facing the one boxer he never ever wanted to face.
Pacquiao has all the tools to win against anyone and he has everything he needs to obliterate a hollow fortress. Muhammad Ali knew this. Mike Tyson knew this and everyone else.
Defensive scoring is Mayweather’s expertise and strength. Therefore get him to engage in “exchanges” and Floyd will be helpless fighting his fight. The American boxing “lord” is without a doubt the sport’s Ninja Turtle. His chance of winning is always predictably the same. How he won all his 47 professional fights is just like every fight he attends: Mayweather simply has to be “Mayweather” to sustain his winning streak. He can’t be unnatural and expect to retain his “zero” and retire unbeaten.
It was Pacquiao who has significant reshaping to make in order to have won, not Mayweather. It was a tall order for the fellow Filipino to be on the offensive mode every second and minute of each round, and fighting for his life because everything was stacked up against him from the get go.
One thing I have learned: They are both well-known fighters but there is one thing Money can’t buy.
Manny Pacquiao has lots of it!
Coach Roach said something so beautifully,
“Floyd is afraid of losing his unbeaten record to Manny. But that’s not what defines greatness. (Muhammad) Ali lost, (Sugar Ray) Robinson lost, (Sugar Ray) Leonard lost….but they’re still all-time greats. What counts is fighting the best of your era.”
After watching the entire superfight and considering Mayweather’s persona and performance in the ring, the whole world together with Pacquiao shocked HBO’s Max Kellerman by claiming that he thought he won the fight in his post-fight, in-ring interview.
Mayweather, according to everyone who saw this fight, is a huge joke and merely an entertainer. Pac-Man is the REAL DEAL. His life manifests that, and clearly the one who deserves the Unified World Champion title.
Round by Round, the dance went
As the crowd rose to their feet and issued a COLLECTIVE roar for Manny and boo for Mayweather, and both boxers were escorted to the ring by security with ??Zionist? symbols on their shirts, here’s how each round of the super fight unfolded with the help of boxing experts. If you missed it, here is the full super fight and you can count how much hugging and dancing Mayweather did:
As the crowd rose to their feet and issued a collective roar for Manny and boo for Mayweather, both men moved to the center of the ring and looked to establish the jab and control the terrain. Within the first minute, there was little sign of aggression from Pacquiao as Mayweather kept the fight in front of him and worked behind his jab.
Just over a minute into the round, Mayweather landed a solid right to the chin of Pacquiao. Pacquiao hardly looked panicked, but he was clearly wary and unable to create the angle he wanted.
Pacquiao landed another sneaky right with about 35 seconds left in the round. As the round ended, Mayweather moved into the corner but dipped under Pacquiao’s lead hook and clinched.
Manny Pacquiao managed to work Floyd Mayweather into the corner early in Round 2, but he was unable to keep him trapped. Pacquiao continued to attempt to move on the outside and locate an angle for an attack while Mayweather continued to move laterally behind his jab.
Just over halfway into the round, Pacquiao did a nice job of double-jabbing his way inside and making it momentarily rough against a corner. Mayweather worked outside and continued to jab and then landed a sharp right hand just before the two-minute mark.
Inside of 30 seconds, Pacquiao landed a nice left, his best punch of the fight so far.
Manny Pacquiao has continued to lunge straight in, ending up off balance. Mayweather has controlled the terrain and held whenever Pacquiao gets close.
Pacquiao managed to trap Mayweather against the ropes at the halfway mark of the round but lunged forward and made himself easy to clinch.
Mayweather continued to hold within the last minute of the round, applying what frankly looked like a front headlock at one point.
As the round closed out, Pacquiao continued to chase and swing at air, though he landed a nice left late in the round. Mayweather came back with a straight right inside the last 10 seconds.
NOTE: This is the round where Pac-Man started feeling the pain on his injured right shoulder incurred the last three weeks. The Nevada State Athletic Commission agreed to give him a painkilling injection days ahead but refused to give it the last minute to honor their word on the day of the fight.
Through the first three rounds, Floyd Mayweather outlanded Pacquiao in power punches 49 percent to 21 percent.
Mayweather spent much of the first half of the round moving himself to the ropes and the corner, allowing Pacquiao to get off more offense. Just inside the 1:30 mark, Pacquiao landed a solid left hand and drove Mayweather against the ropes and let loose a flurry that electrified the crowd.
Rather than risk punching himself out, Pacquiao disengaged. Inside one minute, he landed a nice right hook to Pacquiao. This was by far the best round of the fight for Pac-Man.
After tasting a hard shot from Manny Pacquiao in the previous round, Floyd Mayweather looked to re-establish the fight in the center of the ring. At 1:50, Mayweather unleashed two solid right hands that backed Pacquiao up.
At 1:30, Mayweather sneaked in another right. Inside the final minute of the round, Mayweather appeared to have shifted back into control of the pace and tempo, thanks to his accurate counter right hand.
Manny Pacquiao came out for Round 6 looking to grab control of the fight’s pace and let loose a flurry early. Mayweather blocked and avoided all the punches, but it allowed Pacquiao to land a solid left a beat or two later.
Pacquiao continued to have more success backing Mayweather up and landing left hands. Pacquiao let loose with a flurry against the ropes at about 1:10 that made the crowd cheer. Mayweather shook his head, to indicate it wasn’t a substantial scoring burst, but it probably looked good to the judges.
Mayweather successfully used his jab to control distance along the ropes for the last 40 seconds or so of the round, but Pacquiao could very easily have taken this round with the judges.
After half of the fight, it looked like Mayweather was probably winning, but Pacquiao had created enough big moments to have at least two and possibly three rounds.
Mayweather came out and once more attempted to move the terrain of the fight into the center of the ring. He was consistently able to get off first with his jab and slow down the pace of the fight over the first two minutes of the round.
Pacquiao landed a very nice left hand with about 40 seconds left in the round, but for the most part, Mayweather kept Pacquiao off balance in this round.
It was more of the same story for much of this round, with Floyd Mayweather punching much more accurately but Manny Pacquiao pushing the aggression. I wouldn’t call it effective aggression, for the most part, but it’s hard to know how a judge will score it, especially with the crowd noise.
Mayweather landed two of his best check-hooks of the fight inside of the last minute of the round.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been very critical of his son in the corner between rounds during this fight, even though Junior very much appears to be “winning“. But a fight game veteran with Mayweather Sr.’s experience no doubt understands the need to make it look as convincing as possible to the judges.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with you, man!”, yelled Floyd Mayweather Sr. to Floyd.
NOTE: Nor did we! When not cheating and hitting below the belt, Floyd was just dancing and hugging our ??Filipino? world champ in the ring!
As far as action in the round, it continued to be a story of Mayweather controlling the pace and landing far more accurately than Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s fans and Mayweather’s haters were crying that Mayweather “ran all night.”
But he’s simply showing that he’s the better ring general, in my opinion.
Pacquiao landed a very hard right hook with just over 10 seconds to go in the round, but he did not have time to follow up on it and Mayweather was able to clinch and stall his way out of trouble.
As the fight entered the championship rounds, Manny Pacquiao continued to have tremendous difficulty coming forward and successfully landing hard on Floyd Mayweather without getting clipped by straight rights or check hooks.
Pacquiao did manage to force Mayweather into the corner for a flurry at about 1:40 and 0:45. He didn’t land anything substantial, but it might have been enough to give Pacquiao the round based on activity.
Floyd Mayweather came out for the early part of Round 11 looking like he might want to end things with a bang. He threw a couple of big right hands inside the first 30 seconds of the round.
Mayweather landed another right flush just before the final minute. Pacquiao managed to drive Mayweather into the corner with about 40 seconds left, but Mayweather easily slipped out of danger.
Inside of 30 seconds, Mayweather scored with a solid check hook. Inside of 20 seconds, Mayweather looked completely confident and aggressively moved forward, trying to land a big right hand that just missed.
Floyd Mayweather came out with a wide smile as the final round began. The two fighters embraced in the center of the ring.
Despite seeming to need a knockout to win, Manny Pacquiao showed very low energy in the final round. He employed his same, predictable, straightforward movement and was never able to come close to trapping Mayweather and getting him in trouble.
As the seconds ticked away, Mayweather confidently moved around and held his hands high.
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