Boxing has been rejuvenated recently in part by the super fights between heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Most of the time, dream bouts live up to the hype, leaving fans satisfied with the serious coin they dropped on the pay per view.
But seven years ago on Saturday, fans were robbed of a significant percentage of their paychecks after they ordered the disrespectfully named “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Prior to their fight in 2015, talks of a potential matchup began in 2008 after Pacquiao defeated legend Oscar De La Hoya. Pacquiao had been pushing for a fight with Mayweather, but both sides couldn’t come to an agreement in terms of drug testing and financial figures. While they did sign on the dotted line many years later, they were far from their primes.
Now, we get to “the fight,” and we use that term very loosely.
Mayweather used the 12 rounds as his own personal cardio session. He would land jabs before using his speed to maneuver around the ring, effectively tiring out Pacquiao. The Filipino boxing star did appear to have tremendous opportunities to strike, but Mayweather responded by entering the clinch to slow down the 36-year-old’s momentum. Plenty of that was caused by a shoulder injury Pacquiao suffered in training camp ahead of the fight, which led to his rather lackluster performance.
The bout ended via unanimous decision for Mayweather, who extended his undefeated record to 48-0. Fans in the MGM Grand Arena booed the two mercilessly for their efforts, while those who paid over $100 for the fight sat on their couches with deep regret.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is still the highest-grossing pay-per-view boxing event in history, but it will forever go down as the most overhyped fight in the sport’s history. No cap.