Boxing fans waited more than five years for last Saturday’s showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
But the so-called fight of the century was a pay-for-snooze, and the aftermath might have done even more to hurt the sport than the lame bout.
Immediately after the decision in favor of Mayweather, Pacquiao embarrassed himself when he proclaimed himself the winner. Of course, he didn’t watch himself like the rest of us.
Soon after, news broke that Pacquiao had injured his right shoulder during a sparring session on April 4. During a post-fight news conference, trainer Freddie Roach and Pacquiao said the injury would require surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, sidelining him four to six months.
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At first, we thought it was a lame excuse, especially since Pacquiao failed to disclose the injury to the Nevada Athletic Commission in a pre-fight formed he signed.
Both fighters were sued Tuesday, and Pacquiao could face criminal charges, according to Cisco Aguilar, chairman of the NAC, for failing to disclose the injury.
Two boxing fans filed suit in federal court in Las Vegas against Pacquiao and Top Rank Boxing, alleging fraud and seeking class-action status for anyone who bought tickets or the pay-per-view of the fight and anyone who placed a bet on the outcome.
Josie Harris, mother to three of Mayweather’s four children, filed a defamation suit, claiming he lied in an interview with Yahoo’s Katie Couric about her being on drugs the morning of a domestic violence incident in 2010 that eventually led to Mayweather’s guilty plea and incarceration.
On Wednesday, Mayweather fired another shot at Pacquiao with this post on his Instragram account: “19 years in the fight game and I’ve had one excuse: ‘Don’t have an excuse.’ Winners win and losers have excuses.”
It’s been a long, ugly week already for boxing, with the only winners being Mayweather ($180 million), Pacquiao ($120 million) and the others who will take a piece of the estimated $400 million Saturday’s fight generated in pay-per-view buys alone.
Mayweather reportedly has said he’s open to fighting Pacquiao again, but do we really want or need a sequel?
What to watch
Championship, 10 a.m.,
GOLF: Tiger Woods says, “Eventually, it’ll click in and I’ll have a little run here.” We’ll see.
“Best advice I can give Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao: Time for you guys to go away for awhile. Everyone hates you.”
On this date
May 7, 2007: Bengie Molina hits a two-run homer in the fifth, then adds a three-run drive later in the same inning to lead the Giants to a 9-4 win over the Mets.