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Aftermath of the Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight – SportsUntapped.com
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Added May 11th, 2015 by Ian

Aftermath of the Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight
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Unfortunately for most boxing fans, all of the action and drama regarding the Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. ‘Fight of the Century’ last weekend has come after the bout and outside of the ring. The consensus from most experts and fans who paid to watch the contest is that it definitely wasn’t worth the money and didn’t live up to the hype at all. In case you’ve been living in cave for the last week or so, Mayweather won the outing by unanimous decision by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-12.

After the fight Pacquiao revealed that he had a torn right rotator cuff and it needed surgery. He planned on fighting with the injury as he figured on taking a legal shot to kill the pain before the bout. However, he failed to list the injury on the pre-fight medical questionnaire. And even though the painkiller he planned to take was approved by the USADA, the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to let him take it due to the simple clerical error on the questionnaire.

The injury was legitimate and Pacquiao underwent surgery to repair the damage a few days following the fight. He’ll now be out of action for several months while the shoulder heals. The Filipino has been criticized by many fans for cheating them out of their money and the chance of seeing a competitive fight. In fact, a couple of people have launched a class action lawsuit against him and his handlers to the tune of $5 million.

However, the blame should land squarely with the Nevada State Athletic Commission here. They were the ones who refused to allow Pacquiao to take the pre-fight legal painkiller. He obviously assumed he’d be able to handle the pain after taking the needle and go ahead with the fight rather than cancel it just a couple of weeks before it was scheduled. On the other side of the coin, some fans are accusing him of grabbing the money and running and not caring if he was in condition to fight or not.

It’s understandable why Pac Man chose to carry on with the contest since the tickets were sold and the hotel rooms and flights were booked. If he opted to postpone the encounter the fight might have fallen through entirely rather than be postponed. The injured rotator cuff could explain why Pacquiao threw his least amount of punches in a fight during the last six years. But even with the injury, he would have earned a draw if he had just managed to win two more rounds on the scorecards.

This leads fans to wonder how well he might have done if he was in top condition. A rematch could be on the horizon once he’s healed, but it might not make the same amount of money as last week’s bout. The pay-per-view figures are slowly coming in and they’re a lot better than expected. It’s believed that the final figures could be between five and six million buys. This means Mayweather could end up taking home about $250 million. Even if a rematch earned him half of that amount, it’s a lot more than he’d make for fighting anybody not named Manny Pacquiao.

 
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