This past weekend, on May 2nd, 2015, the most anticipated boxing match took place between two titans – Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao. This fight was universally touted as the absolute “fight of the century.” The way this was being advertised you’d think this was an exhibition bigger than the likes of Superman vs. Muhammad Ali or Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris. In the end, Mayweather was declared the victor in an unanimous decision.
If you missed the fight on Saturday, don’t fret too much. In fact, many would say that despite all the hype and all the ostentatious amounts of money that was poured into the event (e.g. fans at home paid $100 per pay-per-view subscription, while ticket prices & resales ranged from a low of $2,462.25 to a high of $40,955.25) the fight was underwhelming – or at its worst, rather boring.
This was attributed to claims of Mayweather utilizing a purely defensive game with an overabundance of running, dodging, and hugging techniques that impeded against Pacquaio’s signature aggressive push strategy causing not many punches of his punches to power through or connect; although, many others would counter that Mayweather had the superior strategy and physical build all along.
Though no claim of professional expertise on the matters of boxing is being claimed here, one particularly astute and eerily accurate prediction of the fight’s events was encapsulated in a hilarious parody video that pays homage to the classic NES Mike Tyson’s Punch Out! video game posted by Noober Boober Gaming:
Dubbed with tongue-in-cheek as Floyd Mayweather’s Punch-Out!, and Manny Pacquiao being called “Little Pac” (an appropriate nod to the original NES character, “Little Mac”), the parody video is hilarious and scathing in its unapologetic predictions of the fight. These included the ridiculous and rigorous conditions of the match Mayweather would only agree upon, the fact that the showdown should have occurred five years earlier, Mayweather’s persistent defensive hugging strategy, the defeat of Pacquiao, and the lackluster reception to the entire fight as an unceremonious “meh” from the Dr. Mario as the referee.
And if art had ever imitated life (or perhaps vice versa) in such a brutally honest fashion, Noober Goober Gaming’s video had 8-bit Pacquaio lament, “This must be really boring to casual fans… Boxing is dead” to which Mayweather replied, “It doesn’t matter we already got their money.” Ouch, can we get some ice for that burn?
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