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On the Mayweather Victory and Why It Doesn’t Matter

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, some harsh realities

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. is an American professional boxer. He is undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion, having won eleven world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes

Mayweather-Pacquiao

It really wasn’t about the fight’s result in the end. I’m not sour-graping. Neither am I disregarding the decisions of the judges. Floyd Mayweather did win. He outboxed Manny and — save for a few headlocks and an overuse of clinches — he did this fair and square. He will go down in history as an undefeated boxer who locked horns with the best of them. But that’s not really the story we care about. If the two men hung up their gloves this very day Mayweather’s victory would just be a footnote in the inspiring life of a fighter like Manny Pacquiao.

The great thing about boxing is that like any other sport it caters to our basest emotions in a relatively healthy way. It frees our primal side and leads us to be completely honest. I’ve encountered reserved, tactful adults screaming “yeah go kick his ass!” in the middle of a match. We scream, we cringe, we cry at every punch because we’re connected on a gut level. Because stripped bare of all its formalities boxing is still two people in a ring slugging it out.  And as human beings, it is hardwired in our nature, we love fights. Boxing is a fight at the end of the day. And in a fight we like seeing people pour their hearts out. While points and judges’ decisions are necessary to keep things in order, the primal root of boxing cannot be reduced to these. Matches won through sheer technical skill feel like they’re robbing us of the sport’s essence We want to see people fight hard. And, more importantly, we want to see them fighting for something because those who fight for a cause fight the hardest. And this is precisely why Manny’s valiant struggle is way more important than Mayweather’s shallow victory. History will remember Floyd Jr.’s undefeated streak, yes. He will be celebrated for it, surely. But the fans — those who have been moved by great fighters —  these people and their kids and grand kids through them will also remember Manny’s unwavering and humble dedication to the the sport and all it stands for and here’s why.

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