Over the past weekend two major events took place in entertainment, both were drenched in an unbelievable amount of publicity, and both events received plenty of criticism for not living up to the hype. The two events I am referring two are “The Fight of the Century: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao,” and the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I feel as though many people today are actually more interested in the publicity value of an event than the actual event, and this was shown perfectly by the amount of non boxing fans willing to spend 100 dollars to watch a sport in which they have no interest. Many people were upset with the lack of “action” in the boxing match, many people tuned in expecting to see Rocky 6, but were upset with the tactical nature of the match. I have watched many Mayweather fights, and he fought the same way he always does, he was never much of a puncher, and he eludes as many punches as he can. This boxing match was classic Mayweather, I feel as though the individuals who were disappointed in the match were just betrayed by the hype. The new Avengers movie had the same issue as the fight, many were unhappy with the action of the movie after all of the build up. I understand the poor reviews of the Avengers film since the last one was extremely action packed, but given the amount of characters they had to introduce, it would’ve been too hard to make the movie more action packed without splitting it into two films. I enjoyed both the boxing match and the film that was released this weekend, and while I respect the opinions of others, I think people need to taper their expectations and not give into the hype so easily. Hype is a machine used to get people excited for events, but it is ultimately the individual that must decide whether the event is worth their time and money.
Boxing has become something of a niche sports, this event which was once seen as nationally compelling has in recent years been relegated to a cult following. Today it seems like the sport of boxing will finally return to the limelight as the world’s best boxer matches up with the world’s best puncher. Floyd Mayweather, is arguably the world’s best boxer, he has a record of 47-0 and is known for his crafty tactics in the ring, many people argue that Mayweather lacks “knockout power,” but I consider boxing to be just as much about evasion as it is about punching. Floyd’s opponent, Manny Pacquiao, is a hard punching beast in the ring, he is known for packing a larger punch than his size, and for being extremely scrappy. The fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, has been a pipe dream for boxing fans for the past 6 years, many believed that this would be the fight that brings boxing back to mainstream, but petty squabbles have kept the camps far away from coming to an agreement until now. This fight is a big deal, and even though the fighters are a bit older than desired, this fight has the ability to take on the folklore of legendary battles like Ali vs Frazier. I have no prediction for this fight since I am just trying to enjoy it, and as George Foreman once said, “once you make a prediction, you start rooting for someone.” I like both boxers for different reasons, and I, along with most of the country, will be sitting back and enjoying what looks to be “The Fight of the Century.”