#MayPac: Boxing in the Social Media Age

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Boxing Means Money

Manny Pacquiao VS Floyd Mayweather – do you know what their one hour in the ring was worth? While Pacquiao, inspiration to many around the globe with his rags-to-riches story, earned $120m, Mayweather, brand inspiration and ambassador of The Money Team, earned $180m.

Why give out free hugs when you can make that much for it, right? As you can tell, we’ve seen the memes. If you didn’t wake up this morning to watch it, you probably ended up checking your twitter timeline, RSS feed, Facebook timeline, Instagram feed, etc and regardless of whether you wanted the update or not, you got it with a generous helping of friends’ opinions.

Social Changes The Rules

In the era of Social Media, public opinion leaves more of an impression than reality. So, if everybody’s sitting here thinking Pacquiao is #TheRealWinner then that’s what people will remember. While people at the stadium walked in thinking this would be the fight of a lifetime, they didn’t quite leave with the same opinion.

Let’s explore some of the responses from the fighters, hosts, and fans themselves:

“This is the fight you will tell your kids and their kids about,” an announcer bellowed to the early arriving crowd.

What Manny had to say before the fight:

“My confidence right now is different than any other fight I’ve had. I feel excited and I have to prove something. I like being the underdog, because my killer instinct and my focus are there.”

What Floyd has to say before the fight:

“One fight won’t define my career, the thing that will define my career is that I was a great businessman…Money is more important than any records – my daughters can’t eat no zero.”

What Manny had to say after the fight:

“I thought I won the fight,” he said during his post-fight interview. “He didn’t do nothing.”

What Floyd had to say after the fight:

The Numbers

Instagram
#TeamPacquiao: 281,677
#TeamMayweather: 121,027

Twitter
#TeamPacquiao: Up to 120k tweets
#TeamMayweather: Up to 20k tweets

Let’s see what our fellow netizens have to say about the fight:

Looks like although the judges picked one winner, social media users have chosen another. We suppose it always was easier to root for the underdog, after all.

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