Who needs any more than those names? Who needs any more clue, announcement, hint, proclamation, invitation, stimulus, nudge, spark, prodding, or awakening than those two names in order to conjure an anticipation for a sporting event that has been rarely witnessed before? Unbelievable—it’s here! After years of negotiations, business delays, ego posturing, gaming and media politics, and personal setbacks, a fight for all ages will happen. Their upcoming professional fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 is a pugilistic contest of dreams few thought would happen, but now is a reality.
After growing up watching Cassius Clay/Mohammad Ali-Joe Frazier-George Foreman, then Sugar-Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran/Marvin Hagler fights, I will have to admit that this latest Mayweather-Pacquiao fight carries as much intrigue and excitement as they did. Many fights do not conjure much interest. In addition boxing has suffered an image hit in recent years. This particular fight renews the interest and grabs at one’s attention, for these are two of the best fighters ever. Their records speak for themselves. Their athleticism, finesse, power, and stamina are that of heroes, and legends. Of course to make the enticement even more intense, each of these fighters has his own distinctive and compelling personality and lifestyle.
When these two accomplished fighters emerge together in Las Vegas there will be two enormously divided groups of fans cheering their favorite fighter. Each fighter comes from humble beginnings, one protesting that his roots are more so than the other. One seems more reserved than the other, while one definitely is more flamboyant and verbal than the other. Each has his personal fighter mentality ego to go along with incredible talent. The fight has some cultural conflict of course to make the tensions amp up even more. One fighter appears to be more socially conscious than the other—or at least that’ s what the ‘other’ one says. In some respects, it seems, it’s a good guy against the bad guy staging. For me it’s two great athletes boxing and punching it out. All the other distractions and perceptions, including the enormous amount of money involved here, really should not make a play in this fight.
Lastly, I wish there was a way to have safe boxing. Yah, I know: what the heck are you talking about? Any sport has its risks and dangers. True, but not too many sports have opponents or equipment repeatedly banging away at your head—your brain. This is another topic for later, for, this fight is on! Good luck to both fighters and their families.
Enjoy SAI’s boxing art and encourage wholesome sportsmanship. Sincerely, dl/SAI