The Fraud of the Century
When Mayweather and Pacquiao stepped into the ring in May 2015, there were quite a few titles on the line. Mayweather was the WBC and the WBA welterweight champ, and Pacquiao was the WBO welterweight champ. Yeah, it’s a bit confusing — boxing is weird — but there were three belts on the line, plus a whole lot of money. Mayweather wasn’t going to change his game plan, though.
Instead of putting on a Hollywood-style fight, Mayweather fought defensively, per usual, scoring points and staying away from Pacquiao. As for the Filipino, he could barely land a glove on his opponent. At the end of the bout, Mayweather walked away the victor, but disappointed journalists lambasted the event, labeling it the “Fraud of the Century.” Some believed it had actually harmed the sport, and everyone wished the fight had taken place years earlier when the men were in their prime.
Making things worse, it soon became apparent that Pacquiao had injured his shoulder just a month before the fight. Inexplicably, the Nevada Athletic Commission let the fight go on, causing many to wonder what would’ve happened if Pacquiao had been given enough time to heal. Nevertheless, the May-Pac match became the highest-grossing pay-per-view event of all-time up to that point, with over 4.4. million buys, making it Mayweather’s biggest fight to date, even if it was a great big disappointment.