Unless you have no interest in sports or have been living under a rock or in the Communist Utopias of China/North Korea and thus have no internet access, you have heard of the fight of the century – the boxing match between between Floyd Mayweather Jnr and the Pacman Manny Pacquiao.
On the one hand we have the Pacman – an eight division world champion, and the first person to be a linear champion in four different weight classes. He is immensely popular in Philipines for his charity work and is a two time elected member of the Filipino House of Representatives.
On the other hand we have Floyd Mayweather Jnr, an undefeated boxer but a man who likes beating up women. Just see what Wiki says shall we…..
In 2002, Mayweather was charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of misdemeanor battery. He received a six-month suspended sentence and two days of house arrest and was ordered to perform 48 hours of community service.
In 2004, Mayweather was given a one-year suspended jail sentence, ordered to undergo counseling for “impulse control” and pay a $1,000 fine (or perform 100 hours of community service) after being convicted of two counts of misdemeanor battery against two women.
On September 9, 2010, it was reported that Mayweather was being sought by police for questioning after his former girlfriend, Josie Harris, filed a domestic battery report against him. Harris accused Mayweather of battery in the past, but those charges were dropped in July 2005 after Harris testified that she had lied and that Mayweather had not battered her. Mayweather was taken into custody September 10, 2010, but was released after posting $3,000 bail. Mayweather was initially charged with felony theft (stemming from the disappearance of Harris’s mobile phone); on September 16 two felony coercion charges, one felony robbery charge, one misdemeanor domestic-battery charge and three misdemeanor harassment charges were added.
On December 21, 2011, a judge sentenced Mayweather to serve 90 days in the county jail for battery upon Josie Harris in September 2010. Mayweather reached a deal with prosecutors in which he pled guilty to misdemeanor battery in exchange for prosecutors dropping the felony battery charge. Mayweather also pled no contest to two counts of misdemeanor harassment, stemming from threats to his children. In addition to the 90-day sentence Mayweather was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, a 12-month domestic-violence program and to pay a fine of $2,500. On June 1 Mayweather began serving his county jail sentence, and was released in August 2012.
So in a way, when they faced off last Saturday, it was metaphorically good vs evil.
Both are phenomenal boxers and prime contenders – along with the Klitchkos – of being termed the best boxer of their generation.
But if you like dramatics, then you can bill this battle as the forces of good against the forces of evil.
Go by god or karma or even any narrative trope and good triumphs over evil right?
Well sports doesn’t give a monkey’s about what is right and karma and justice.
Sports is cruel, but sports is the ultimate leveler.
Mayweather won – controversially according to some – but won nonetheless. And that too by a unanimous verdict. The whole arena bood the decision, but credit where its due, Mayweather worked the system better. He took up a defensive strategy and knowing the system better, went for points rather than knockout.
He is a reprehensible man, but an undoubtedly great boxer.
Why the authorities haven’t banned him is a different matter altogether – but like most, if not all governing bodies, they only care about one thing – dollars.
And so we have the triumph of evil over good.
And btw through that match, evil pocketed a cool 180 million dollars.
And finally, if you are in doubt about the true evil of the man, check out who is in his corner
Take that all you suckers who believe in god and justice and karma etc.