The highly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao proved to be easy work for Mayweather. By the end of 12 rounds, there was no debate about which welterweight emerged victorious.
48 have tried and 48 have come up short. Yet again another boxer is humbled. That boxer is the 36-year-old Filipino Manny Pacquiao. The deepest of condolences go out to Manny Pacquiao and his late dog. Both suffered untimely defeats.
One would think that this loss of white America’s Great White Hope in ‘Pacquiao’ would also humble them in the same way that Jack Johnson defeated Jeffries in 1910, but they are instead stuck in the quicksand of excuses. Although, obviously, in no way does the Filipino identify as an America Caucasian.
The pathology in white America is still clear – anyone who can put a Black man in his place.
Yet the facts always remain resilient, African Americans are better! And even that is an understatement since the realization of African American talent in America is suppressed by the oppressive regimes of slavery, Jim Crow, Segregation, the War on Drugs and racism for 400 years.
Mayweather is 25-0 in world title fights. 48-0 is his official record.
But white America is only interested in the self-selective record set by one Rocky Marciano between 1952 and 1956. Would Mayweather need to break a fake record in a period when white America prevented and stopped Black fighters from the ring? Should he?
Would a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao be on the schedule again for this reason?
Rocky Marciano’s record does not need breaking. It was cooked.
Rather than contemplate his next fight or be lured into some made-up historicity in boxing, Mayweather opted to bask in his present triumph and ignored the Marciano suggestion in clear effect.
“I was born a winner. I’m gonna die a winner. In my family, all we knew was to be first. Win, win, win. That’s all I knew,” Mayweather said. “What I instill in my children is this, if you guys give me a 100 percent and you don’t win, you guys are a winner in my eyes because you gave it 100 percent.”
“Manny did what he had to do. He came out and fought hard. I was just a smarter fighter tonight.”
Although fans enjoyed a bout between the two high profile boxers, what is sure is that another fight against Pacquiao, after a unanimous decision, is likely not worth Team Money’s time.
Mayweather discussed the importance of his previous fights in setting up the stage for this one: “All 47 fights before I got to this point played a major key.”
This fight left nothing for the imagination for a subsequent fight. There can be little fanfare of hype remaining for a Pacquiao win over Mayweather. Those in support of a great white/non-Black hope have to find another castle in the sky to erect.
In a unanimous decision, all judges scored the fight for Mayweather: 116-112, 116-112, 118-110.
Manny Pacquiao described the difficult task of trying to pin down Mayweather in the ring.
“He’s moving around. It’s not easy to throw a lot of punches when he’s moving around,” Pacquiao said.
In a press conference following the match, Mayweather summed up his fighting philosophy. “It’s all about working smarter, not harder.” He added, “I’m gonna always put any fighter in discomfort…Everything is just calculating moves. I’m ten steps ahead of any fighter.”
About the bout, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith said: “Floyd Mayweather was too quick, too slippery, a magician in the ring.”
The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight was the highest-grossing boxing competition in the sport’s history. An estimated $400 million came from Pay-per-view revenue, of which Mayweather collected 60 percent.
Profits also came from tickets priced as low as $1,500 to the public and sold for as much as $40,000 by scalpers. A-list celebrities and sports stars paid a premium for ringside seats.
Floyd Mayweather skillfully orchestrated the huge payday. “Five years ago, this was a $50 million fight for me, and it was a $20 million fight for [Pacquiao],” he said.
Though Bob Arum and white media commentators would like to call the big financial gains “happenstance” deny him that credit of being not only a talented boxer, the most talented of this era, but also an extremely astute businessman.
“Why don’t you just say I was smart?” he asked.
With Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s 48th victory in the history books, the naysayers have come out strong opposing everything about the outcome and Mayweather’s legacy.
“A whole bunch of people are walking around her frustrated,” ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith said.
Primarily, the malcontents are a faction of white American men.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. makes white American men feel unaccomplished. The average white American man feels inadequate about the minuscule amounts of money he makes compared to the lifetime security blanket Mayweather can collect after a matter of minutes. His money team calculated over $2 million for each minute of the fight.
A number feel insecure about a Black man’s purse, which he generously and lovingly spreads across his large family.
“I’m a person who loves his family. I only want the best for my family. I’m just the American dream,” Mayweather said.
Because many whites in America are disappointed by Floyd Mayweather’s win, there is an attempt to frame the win in white media that minimizes damage to the white psyche.
Sadly White Americans feel more connection with a phenotypically white Asian person than to a fellow Black citizen of the same nationality. White American media would rather discuss the Filipino boxer—what did Manny Pacquiao did wrong—rather than the Black American boxer—what Floyd Mayweather did right?
Whites media commentators attempt to discredit Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s victory, in any imaginable way.
—The fight was boring, and for that reason Mayweather’s career is unspectacular.
–Other boxers who get destroyed in the ring during Mayweather fights have the most memorable moments.
–If you’re undefeated in boxing, maybe you’re not fighting the right people.
–Mayweather’s a great fighter, but he’s not top 10 or top 15 of all time.
–Hypothetically so many boxers would beat Mayweather if they were alive or in their 30s right now.
–“Mayweather’s not a crowd-pleasing fighter.”
These are theories strung together by the whining words of wounded men.
On the contrary, Mayweather’s career is spectacular, which is why he draws such a large audience for every fight. His is a talent, skillful, smart, and artistic boxer who is certainly among the best ever. He definitely pleased many a crowd with this fight and all others. Although the white American crowd might not have been pleased, surely Mayweather satisfies the vast majority of fans who fall into the category of either Black folk or people who actually understand the sport of boxing.
The great American boxer John Arthur “Jack” Johnson was the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion from 1908-1915. Like Floyd Mayweather, his total domination of the sport drew challenges from Great White Hopes to end his reign.
In 1910, white American James J. Jeffries came out of retirement to fight Jack Johnson. A former undefeated heavyweight champion, Jeffries met Johnson in what was termed “The Fight of the Century” like Pacquiao met Mayweather in the fight of this modern era. The defeat of both Jeffries and Pacquiao brought disappointment, resentment, and humiliation to white American communities.
During the days of Jack Johnson, the racist press also made efforts to suppress the material reality of Black superiority in boxing. The exhibition of the Johnson-Jeffries fight was deliberately banned in many states and cities in the US. It wasn’t until nearly 30 years later that Congress removed a ban on the distribution of prizefight films across state lines. In a similar fashion, exhibition of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was disconnected in some locales–as if the beating was just too embarrassing for white America to disseminate.