Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko: Boxing generates massive worldwide interestWritten by Leroy Cleveland
It's a question one must ponder.
Last weekend, a non-American boxer was the trendiest search in Google U.S. as the query 'Pacquiao' far and away surpassed the No. 2 query 'UCLA Football.'
And who did Manny Pacquiao fight again?
Chris Algieri, from a popularity standpoint, isn't exactly Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto or Juan Manuel Marquez.
Also, and according to Google Trends, 'Manny Pacquiao' was the hottest query on Saturday or Sunday in Google Australia, Google Canada while 'Pacquiao' (surname only) propelled to the top spot in Mexico.
Manny also finished in the top six in Googles UK and Poland while he obviously dominated the search charts in his native Philippines.
An international icon, Manny Pacquiao, in 2011, was the 'Most Searched Athlete' in Google U.S. and ranked No. 3 among athletes, internationally, in Yahoo.
Earlier this month, according to Google Trends, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko Klitschko dominated Google Germany searches, far surpassing popular queries such as 'Hannover' and 'Schlag den Raab.'
When Wladimir Klitschko fights, regardless of the venue's location, it's an "event" in Germany not unlike the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby or NCAA Final Four in the United States.
And in September in the 'Athletes' category, only uber controversial football players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson piqued public intrigue more in Google U.S. than fight legend Floyd Mayweather. 'Money May,' of course, defended his welterweight titles by defeating Argentine Marcos Maidana in their rematch on September 13 amidst of all of the Rice-Peterson drama.
Incidentally, the query 'Mayweather versus Canelo' was also the tenth trendiest query in Google U.S. for the entire year of 2013, challenging searches such as 'Boston Marathon,' 'Government Shutdown,' 'Royal Baby' and 'New Pope.'
Is boxing a fringe sport? ... Not according the world's largest search engine.
Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc. that shows how often a particular search term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages. In essence, Google Trends shows how new events impact search popularity.