Two young men. From different, but similarly destitute backgrounds. Both literally scraped their way up to the top of their profession. Beat all odds to finally face each other in the biggest boxing match in a decade.
Ahhh, you almost had me HBO. So close. Full disclosure, it was probably the voiceover that had me. That guy could be giving me a descriptive account of how I am going to die and I would still listen. He could be a guest on the Mike Francesa show and I would still be intrigued enough to tune in. Regardless, I almost forgot we were talking about two entitled millionaires instead of two young, hungry boxing prodigies. Almost forgot we were talking about two athletes on the downside of their career, instead of two guys out to make a name for themselves. Almost forgot we have spent 5+ years waiting on two boxers to agree to terms, instead of this being some miraculous set of circumstances that brought them together. Almost forgot that this is simply one last chance for boxing to maintain relevancy, instead of it being the pinnacle of athletic competition. For that, I applaud you HBO.
Can we just keep hyping this fight up without it actually taking place? I get far more entertainment out of the idea of Manny and Floyd going toe to toe than I will actually get out of the fight itself. Now granted, I am only half serious, but that half is dead ass serious. This fight is comparable to the XFL, it's far better in theory than in actual execution, and ironically it will probably last just as long. This fight is like the invention of the hoverboard. The concept was so exciting, until it came out years later and was drastically underwhelming. It's the album that your favorite artist keeps pushing back that is only worth a half assed listen once it's finally released. If they just did a promotional video every week it would be far more captivating than watching two old men (in boxing terms) dance around the ring and exchange 3 punches per round. Maybe they could make a human version of 'Animal Face-off', and just debate the two fighters strengths and weaknesses, and finish it off with a dramatized version of the fight that won't put me to sleep. I would rather tune into a fictional match that is actual entertaining than a reality based snooze fest. This video is like the movie trailer that contains every single good scene in the movie. Maybe if I just watch this video on loop and only tune in for the declaration of the winner I will consider this match a success.
Am I going to watch? Of course I am. We will all be watching. However, it's mostly just to confirm that Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, and the boxing federation made the biggest blunder in sports history by not making sure this took place years ago. I can tell you this, I am certainly not proud of myself for watching.