What happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force?
No, seriously. I’m actually asking. I’m not a scientist, so I have no clue.
But I can answer this question: What happens when elite boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather meet each other in the ring, mono y mono, for one epic match?
You get a shitload of people talking about it.
Remember that whole boxing sport? It’s when two extremely athletic and muscular people wear shorts and gloves and punch the crap out of one another. It used to be pretty big.
It’s pretty hilarious that, with all of the talk of football and concussions, people have pretty much just left boxing alone. While getting hit in the head is a consequence of playing football, the actual aim of boxing is to bash your opponent in the head — and hard. But it’s so obvious that no one even bothers justifying it.
if you’re a boxer, you pretty much do it with the understanding that you’re sacrificing at least 20 years worth of lucid, cognitive thought from your life.
When it comes to the popularity of boxing, I can only speak for my generation as a 28-year-old, but it feels like society has long craved a preeminent fight.
We grew up hearing about Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Rocky Marciano, and Sugar Ray Leonard. We’ve all pretended to spar with our siblings and friends and yelled “Down goes Frazier!” And we love boxing movies — Rocky, Cinderella Man, Raging Bull.
We got a glimpse of Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, but that was 18 years ago, and completely overshadowed by cannibalism.
And now, we have Pacquiao and Mayweather on May 2. Is it the prolific match we always dreamed of? A reiteration of the Rumble in the Jungle? No. But it’s the two most hyped boxers of the present, and it’ll do.
For the first time in almost two decades, watching a boxing match will be “the thing to do” on a Saturday night. Everyone will be tuning in, and therefore, you have to also. Unless you’re an uber pacifist, and if that’s the case, you can spend the night in the other room as everyone else and macrame yourself a nice little sweater.
A lot of the hype is clearly forced. Just because the two boxers are big names, it by no means guarantees an exciting match. So it’s not like you really need to totally immerse yourself in it if you don’t want to.
That being said, I think people forget how thrilling boxing can be when the two fighters are evenly matched. So if this bout lives up to the expectations, then I think a lot of people will rediscover a long lost love for the sport.
And it will only cost you … wait, what? Is that for real? This match costs $100 on pay-per-view?!?!
I’m not watching this shit.