Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Why it's so big
Throughout the sports world, conversations have been building for six years about May's mega fight, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao.
Now that it's finally going to happen, some are wondering why it is getting so much buzz, and will generate massive amounts of money.
Numerous followers of MMA and some fans of other sports don’t seem to understand how Floyd and Manny are able to garner enough demand for a nine figure pay day. Although MMA is still in its infancy in comparison to boxing, UFC has yet to come remotely close to selling as many pay per view buys as Mayweather vs Pacquiao will on May 2nd.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao is so big because it transcends the sport of boxing...
These two athletes, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, have dominated so many superstar fighters in the past fifteen years that the bout has pretty much sold itself due to the fighters' accomplishments and talent.
Oscar De La Hoya was the last non heavyweight to break a pay per view record and when Mayweather beat him in the highest pay per view selling fight ever (at that time), Oscar was the most marketable fighter in boxing, and ultimately paved the way for Floyd to take over as "cash cow."
Months after that fight, Floyd knocked out Ricky Hatton who was undefeated and had a huge British following. Even more redeeming for Floyd that evening, Hatton had just knocked out Jose Luis Castillo, a fighter who had given Mayweather all he could handle in their two bouts a few years prior.
Not long after Mayweather established himself as a mainstream star, Manny Pacquiao came along, annihilating both De La Hoya and Hatton. Subsequently, the idea of Mayweather vs Pacquiao would be born. The fight would have been big in 2009 but negotiations over drug testing and purse splits could not be agreed to at the time.
When a fighter beats a popular legend like Oscar De La Hoya, he can become a superstar, himself, overnight.
We saw this happen with Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins, and, now, Floyd and Manny.
But the reason Mayweather vs Pacquiao is so big goes beyond both fighters' wins over De La Hoya and Hatton.
Floyd and Manny have beaten every superstar fighter in their respective weight classes the past fifteen years. Common opponents include De La Hoya and Hatton as well as Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez.
For Floyd Mayweather, we can add Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah and Saul Alvarez as well as Jose Luis Castillo, Diego Coralles and Angel Manfredy. And for Pacquiao, he’s twice beaten Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez and has wins over Antonio Margarito and Tim Bradley.
Floyd and Manny have beaten a lot of accomplished opponents and have completely dominated the era. As a result, Mayweather vs Pacquiao has promoted itself because of each man’s success. It has nothing to do with boxing, MMA, heavyweights or crossover appeal.
It's all about sheer dominance.
Remember the legends of the 1980s... Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Roberto Duran? Even they didn’t beat the number of big names Manny and Floyd have.
MMA doesn’t have two fighters who have dominated in such fashion to warrant a fight like this while football, baseball, and basketball don’t have teams that stay together long enough to dominate in the same fashion as Mayweather and Pacquiao. Of course, the New York Yankees have been successful for a long time but even the fellas in pinstripes didn’t go to the World Series every year in their dynasty. Moreover, unlike the NBA's Lakers and Celtics of the 1980s, the Yankees didn’t have a foe or rival who was consistently on that level.
So this fight, Mayweather vs Pacquiao, is actually the Super Bowl of sports.; One dominant champion and legend vs another.
Every fan, regardless of who they are rooting for, should tip their hats to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao for completely dominating an era and making this fight happen.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao.... Let's be glad it is here and may the better man win.
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