Yesterday, our group was scrambling for a place to watch the quote and quote “FIGHT OF THE CENTURY”. It was late in the afternoon when we finally secured seats at Hogsbreath at Bitexco.
When we arrived at 9 am, the place was almost filled up. But with the number of screens around (I think 7), it was not difficult to watch the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.
Oh and we found out that yup, you can watch the same via livestreaming (FOR FREE!) through FPT Play. 😛 We could have just stayed home but it was all worth the good food at Hogsbreath and the great crowd.
When the Philippine national anthem was sung, the crowd gave a loud cheer and even moreso when Pacquiao stepped into the ring.
With the crowd being a mix of Asians and Westerners, I was surprised that none cheered for Mayweather at all. And when the match ended, you could feel the disappointment of the crowd.
Max Kellerman’s biased interview did not help at all.
After seeing Mayweather run all around the ring and notably throwing more hugs than punches, I remain unconvinced of his win. A draw would have been acceptable. I knew Pacquiao had to convince the judges more but without a single knock down, he couldn’t sway them to his side. But I have to hand it to Manny for being the more aggressive boxer in the ring.
Greg Bishop said it succintly, “The boxer who has never lost has one fight he cannot win.” Yup, Mayweather may have won the title, but Pacquiao continues to win the hearts of the fans.
What an unbearably boring fight of the century. I can’t believe I waited 5 years for this.
I agree with your commentary. Pacman would’ve walked out of there “the real champ”. However, his post match denial was baffling. Seemed like the two fighters had traded personalities. Still the end result of this match is positive for the sport. Feel free to read my thoughts if you have the time.