The sport of boxing is on the decline, says the casual fan. UFC has taken over, says the guy growing up watching retired boxers like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Sugar Ray Leonard and even Roy Jones Jr. The sport is fixed says naysayers. The long-term health consequences aren’t worth it, say some medical professionals.
The list of complaints goes on and on. And while boxing does have 99 problems, the fight of the century ain’t one. In fact, when Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. takes on Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2, it will be the most hyped and anticipated fight in maybe two decades, or even since guys like Tyson or Holyfield were in their prime, some will say.
“I’m getting together with friends and we are pumped,” said Apple Valley resident Anthony Anderson. “My dad and I are going to watch the fight, something we haven’t done since (Mike) Tyson was in his prime. It’s going to be great.”
There isn’t any boxing fan in the world that isn’t doing whatever they can to view The Fight of a Century. Even casual boxing fans are plunking down the $99 to watch the pay-per-view event. They are calling up their friends and family, setting up a party and getting ready. The adrenaline is flowing and the fan base is growing.
What’s even greater is that you may not have to spend $99 to watch the fight. That’s because now through May 1, 2015, customers who switch to DISH or DishLATINO will get the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight included at no extra charge when they mention the Offer Code “BOXING.” If you’re not yet a DISH or DishLATINO subscriber you can get this megafight included (up to a $99 value) when you switch. This fight will be available on Pay-Per-View from HBO and SHOWTIME on DISH Channels 472 (HD) and 471 (SD). It also features a strong undercard that will entertain guests well before the feature fight.
Find out more information about this offer here.
If you do order the fight, make sure guests show up early (perhaps have your host show all the features of your new DISH or DishLATINO service). Remember, on June 27, 1988 Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks in just 91 seconds in what was at the time the highest grossing pay-per-view fight of all time. Before fans shared their snacks, the fight was over.
In fact, the fight is so highly anticipated many retired boxers who helped keep the sport going strong have been making some strong comments about who will win between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
Mike Tyson told NJ.com/NJ Advance Media: “Floyd can’t fight the way he’s been fighting to win if he fights Pacquiao. He has to go forward and throw punches. Pacquiao throws over 100 punches a round. Floyd, from his last fight, threw 38 punches a round, so it’s going to be very difficult for him. He can’t be on the ropes against a guy like that. It’s not going to work out. It’s not going to work out.”
British boxing legend Ricky Hatton – someone who fought – and lost to both – Mayweather and Pacquiao – also made his Mayweather vs. Pacquiao predictions, telling BBC Sport: “We’ll still be talking about this fight in 30 or 40 years’ time, just like we’re still talking about the Ali-Frazier or Hagler-Hearns fights. Just as a boxing fan I’m excited. But the fact I boxed both of them makes me a keener observer than most.”
To say boxing fans are excited is an understatement. TMZ reported one fan spent $40,000 to sit with Holyfield, the retired former heavyweight champion, live and at ringside during the fight (it goes to charity too, even better). Boxing has endured over time and this highly anticipated fight is another sign the sport is still strong. And while the sport certainly has its problems, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight isn’t one. And if you want to save $99 and aren’t a DISH/DishLatino customer, sign up now and you will have $99 more in your pocket. It won’t be as much as Mayweather and Pacquiao are taking home, but it will be enough to solve any problems when it comes to order the pizza, because you will be $99 richer.
Boxing may have 99 problems, but watching it on my DISH, with good friends, ain’t going to be one this Saturday.