Advertisement

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

10. The Undercard Was A Joke

Eric Jamison/AP

In this day and age, fans ordering events on Pay Per View (read: those stuck in North America for the most part) are used to a certain amount of bang for their buck. Gone are the days where you could float a card with a headliner and leave a couple of cans nobody cares about on the undercard. 

Promotions like the UFC and WWE tend to stack their cards whenever possible, and that's what fans want, because you never know when the headlining fight might turn out to be a dud.

Yet promoters lost sight of that with Mayweather-Pacquia, insisting that the main event was all that mattered. On paper, they were right, but since the fight itself turned out to be a dull affair (more on that later), the lack of a decent undercard became absolutely criminal.

How bad was it? There were only two other fights on the PPV card (a handful of other bouts went unaired): 

WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz vs. Jose Cayetano and WBO Featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko  vs. Gamalier Rodriguez. While those are title fights, they're not really champions people care about - and Vasyl Lomachenko has only had five fights as a professional. 

Apparently, that's what it takes to win a belt in boxing these days.

Advertisement
Contributor
Contributor

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.