#MayPac: Boxing in the Social Media Age
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:
What Manny had to say before the fight:
What Floyd has to say before the fight:
What Manny had to say after the fight:
What Floyd had to say after the fight:
Let’s see what our fellow netizens have to say about the fight: #MayPac Tweets
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.