What I Learned From the Boxing Match of the Decade
My Personal Lessons from the Boxing Match of the Decade
Now that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is over we can now let the breakdown, criticisms, and analysis begin. And that is better left to the experts. But my son came to me and asked what I thought of the fight. Because he had heard from several of his friends that the fight was bad...very bad. But it was the Boxing Match of the Decade and I think it did live up to its billing.
Most of the criticism I heard from the fight was underwhelming, boring, dumb, no one tried to win, and stagnant. But like most things, the casual fan does not understand, there are subtle nuances to any sport but when two champions and great teams or individuals square you should only expect one thing...an even draw.
Not only should you expect it but you should want it. Like a great soccer match where two teams go back and forth and no on scores leaving the match in a scoreless draw. Does that mean either team was bad or does it mean that both teams were at the top of their game and when two of the best collide it can only end in a draw.
Now a championship boxing match is certainly different. Because unlike other championship games a boxing match can end with no clear winner. It can end in a DQ, or a draw, or like last night in can go to the scorecard.
Then unlike other matches it becomes up to a panel of judges to decide a winner. But we in America are used to having a clear cut winner. There can be no scorecard, there can be no draw, or DQ.
There has to be a clear cut winner, as the fight last night should have ended in a knockout. Then the fight would have been interesting, epic, and truly the fight of the century!
Why Cant Epic Battles End in a Draw?
Could you imagine a Super Bowl ending in a draw. Or the World Cup with Co-Champions. Or any other major sporting championship going to the judges. No you cant, and that is why I think that most people labeled the fight with superlatives like super boring and understated.
But what I believe was that it was a fight of two fighters at the very top of their game, a game of strategic chess, where each person knew it would go the distance. And both were unwilling to give up a mistake to let the other one steal a knockout.
You see when two great Chess champions square off you expect a draw unless someone is willing to take a chance that may lead to a mistake. But if one doesn't then it may look weak, boring, and well just plain ugly to watch by today's action packed, microwave standards.
Who Should Have Won the Fight?
But in the end 12 rounds of a BOXING MATCH can be exciting if you look at the subtle nuances and enjoy two great champions trying to force each other into making a mistake.
Credit their discipline. Credit their will to win with patience. And above all credit their willingness to put on this great spectacle of Boxing.
We may not see it again...but then again, maybe we will???