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10 Reasons The "Fight Of The Century" Was Anything But

Whisper it, but Mayweather-Pacquiao just wasn't that great

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It has come and gone, the much ballyhooed "Fight of the Century" between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the pride of the Philippines. And when all was said and done, you just had to wonder: what was all the fuss about?

After twelve three minute rounds Saturday night, which in turn came after weeks and months of promoting, rife with hyperbole, the ending of the "greatest" boxing match this side of the millennium went down not with a bang but with a whimper. In fact, the entire bout was a tedious affair in which numerous problems only whispered about before the match became more and more evident as the fight went on.

In short, as USA Today's For The Win screamed in a recent headline, Mayweather-Pacquiao was a complete waste of time and money. Everyone's time - except the fighters getting paid, and their camps. Everyone's money, unless you were on the receiving end of that monty.

To recap: Mayweather won, by decision. It wasn't exactly a close set of scores (118-110, 116-112 and 116-112), and it wasn't exactly unexpected. What was unexpected was how little action actually took place in the bout. This was the best the boxing world has to offer, when they're up against the growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts, and renewed interest in kickboxing thanks to GLORY, when it comes to the combat sports arena?

There's no sugarcoating it: Mayweather-Pacquiao was a dud, and here are ten reasons why. 

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Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.