Different NBA stars weighed in on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fight on social media on May 2.
It’s always interesting to read what sports stars have to say about other professional athletes, especially an event of this magnitude. Who wouldn’t want to go over various opinions on “The Fight of the Century?”
Ballers from the Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young to the Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki lent an opinion on social media in the aftermath of the fight this weekend. Their opinions varied, but for the most part agreed on two things.
First, in terms of hype, the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather super fight wasn’t so super after all. Second, Mayweather proved once and for all he’s the better boxer.
The undefeated 38-year-old Mayweather pulled off an anti-climactic unanimous decision victory on Saturday, fending off assault after assault from the game 36-year-old Pacquiao.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael wrote on Sunday how the fight between the two future Hall of Famers went:
It was a tension-filled bout, as Mayweather and Pacquiao sized each other up early. Pacquiao winced from a borderline low blow in the third round and then backed Mayweather into a corner and fired a few shots, causing Mayweather to tie him up.
That appeared to be part of his strategy, to get Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) on the ropes. When he could get Mayweather there, Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) let his hands go and the crowd went wild.
In the fourth round, Pacquiao nailed Mayweather with a hard straight left hand that sent him into the ropes, and then he unloaded numerous punches as the crowd erupted. Mayweather shook his head as if to indicate he was not hurt, but then got caught with a right hook.
Mayweather was not throwing as many punches as Pacquiao at that point, but when he did, he was accurate, especially with his left jab as he controlled the distance of the fight.
But Pacquiao had bursts, such as in the sixth round, when he fired straight left hands to back Mayweather into the ropes before unleashing multiple flurries.
As aggressive as Pacquiao tried to be, Mayweather was able to blunt him, blocking punches and countering with jabs and straight right hands as he seemed to get into a groove in the seventh round.
Pacquiao let his hands go when Mayweather went to the ropes but didn’t land his shots cleanly enough to hurt Mayweather, who also never hurt him.
The crowd tried to lift Pacquiao in the 12th round with chants of ‘Manny! Manny!’ but it was more of the same as the previous several rounds as Mayweather boxed, moved and countered.
This is the style that made Mayweather, of Las Vegas, an all-time great, and he wasn’t about to change when he didn’t have to—even as Pacquiao pursued him with a seeming sense of desperation as the seconds wound down to the end of the fight.
At the end of the fight, Mayweather connected on 148 of 435 punches for a 34 percent clip while Pacquiao managed to land just 81 of 429 punches for a 19 percent accuracy, per Rafael.
The ESPN update says Judge Dave Moretti scored the bout 118-110 while the other judges, Glenn Feldman and Burt Clements, both saw it 116-112 all in favor of Mayweather.
Rafael predicts the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight to generate an estimated $400 million in revenue. Mayweather earned $180 million while Pacquiao took home a $120 million paycheck.
NBA Players Voice Their Opinions On Pacquiao Vs. Mayweather On Social Media
Many NBA players were as excited as the general viewing public for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight on May 2. They were so excited they took to Twitter to express their opinions about the bout.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young wasn’t so impressed:
Weak ass fight
— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) May 3, 2015
Brooklyn Nets forward/center Kris Humphries readily agreed:
Fight was weak!
— Kris Humphries (@KrisHumphries) May 3, 2015
Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva was just as disappointed with the fight’s outcome:
His teammate, forward Dirk Nowtizki, tweeted he “expected more”:
Expected more. Floyd too long and quick.
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) May 3, 2015
For his part, Milwaukee Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams was baffled how Mayweather wound up landing more punches when he ran so much during the fight:
He ran but he out punched Paqman? Explanation please… — Michael Carter-Willi (@MCW1) May 3, 2015
Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson agreed:
This boxing match was more of a sparring session than a fight. Would of been more of a fight 5 years ago. I’m just saying ☕️🐸
— Jason Richardson (@jrich23) May 3, 2015
On the other hand, several other NBA players tipped their hats off to Mayweather. One of them was Los Angeles Clippers sixth man Jamal Crawford:
Another one was Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook:
MONEY TEAM!!!! @FloydMayweather
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) May 3, 2015
Finally, there’s Houston Rockets point guard Jason Terry:
— Jason Terry (@jasonterry31) May 3, 2015
In the end, it seems Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin was the only visible vocal supporter of Pacquiao on social media:
Tough fight but still admire and inspired by @MannyPacquiao for being all class, humble and a light for Christ!!
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) May 3, 2015
The Final Say
Two living legends of boxing, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., fought in a highly-anticipated bout which has been billed “The Fight of the Century.”
Some NBA players disagreed.
Granted, the tweets we gathered represent only a small sample of literally hundreds NBA players posted in the aftermath of the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight. But with this sample, we have gathered the fight did not live up to its billing and Mayweather proved to be the superior boxer.
Why did the fight disappoint?
Had they fought five years ago, it would have been a completely different story. Five years makes a huge difference in a sport such as boxing, where stamina and endurance are keys in conquering your opponent.
Finally, Pacquiao revealed to BBC’s Ben Dirs on May 3 he suffered a shoulder injury three weeks prior to the fight. Now we know why he converted on only 19 percent of his punches. But hey, you have to give credit to Mayweather for being a master defensive tactician in the ring, too.
As of now, we aren’t ruling out a rematch.
We’re just wondering why no NBA player wanted one. Maybe they were all that disappointed.