DISCLAIMER: I am no boxing commentator. Everything stated in here are my own thoughts and opinions.
I am no fan of boxing and would proudly say that I only watched boxing fights if its Oscar De La Hoya or Manny Pacquiao fighting but it is ingrained in all of us that when we hear boxing or boxer, its a brutal, fist by fist bloody fight but tonight/today, the difference between a fighter and a boxer was made known. Watching the fight, I was quite disappointed that about the whole 12 round fight. It was boring. The 12 rounds of running, I mean boxing, was glorified sparring at most. I pity those who shell out a big sum of money to watch the fight.
To be fair, lets say Mayweather won fair and square because he is a strategic / technical fighter but that is not the kind of fight we want. Its all hype. We all like a good fight. Fighting in its primal sense mixed with a little blood and gore. I feel that winning a boxing match out of sheer technical skill is not worthy of respect. I feel that we are all robbed of the essence of the fight. Its not worthy to be called the fight of the century. All smoke and mirrors. I’ve seen better. Mayweather could care less though. He is a million dollars richer than the day before. That is all that matters most to him.
Maybe the Lord is testing Manny’s heart, if he will still praise Him and glorify Him even in his defeat. The world saw how he handled everything: with a smiling face. He might have said that he (Manny) thought he won the fight, I know many people will raise their eyebrows because of this, but that is just his pure and honest opinion. I know people around the globe will agree to his statement. Many were shocked with the decision especially the gap in the score. Still, he remained humble. He just smiled! Boy, it was an infectious smile.
Contemplating about the match made me realize that just like in life, the journey is far greater than the destination. In the fight, we didn’t care about the decision. Its not about the fight’s result in the end. We know in our hearts who gave their all in the fight and that is what matters the most to us. Manny Pacquiao is a great fighter inside and outside the ring. He will be remembered throughout the boxing history. He is a great person. He always fights for his country. The perfect rags to riches example and worthy to be called a hero. In his humble beginnings, he fought to defeat poverty. He fight so that his family will have something to eat. He has a purpose and that purpose is not just to have money so he can brag about it but to have money to live and provide for his family. He gives to the less fortunate and helps those in need. That may be the reason why we so badly wants Manny to win. We envision it as a fight against good and evil. We want someone respectable to win again someone who pledged guilty against domestic violence. We always root for the underdog.
Another point to take home is you cannot win in life with just your passion and your heart. You also need strategy to outsmart your enemy. That is what Floyd did. He outsmarted Manny. He played him like he was just an ordinary boxer. That is the sad reality. In the end, Mayweather still bags the belt. He still won. This may be the start of an era where boxing does not equate to getting hurt and receiving permanent damage. Floyd just opened up new possibilities for the sport. It may be a good idea to see less violence from the sport and focus more on technicalities.
The Champion and the winner may not always be the same person. Pacquiao may have lost the “Fight of the Century” but he won many hearts around the globe. He will always be the People’s Champ.