According to some reports Floyd Mayweather’s final fight has been the biggest flop in a decade.
He may have retired undefeated, but the lacklustre opponent he chose for his swansong turned viewers away.
Reports put the viewing public between 400,000 and 550,000 – the weakest numbers in ten years for Mayweather.
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey told TMZ she wasn’t surprised.
“A lot of people were pissed after the Manny Pacquiao fight. Fans aren’t dumb.’
Rousey appears to have hit the nail on the head. Mayweather vs Pacquiao drew a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys at an average $100 each. But the fight failed to live up to expectations.
Mayweather fought defensively to out point Pacquiao and win. But it was more a points fight than a real fight.
Mayweather had a winning strategy and superior movement. He fought defensively and landed scoring counter-punches without doing an real damage to Pacquiao.
But rather than attempt to win fans back with a real fight before retiring Mayweather chose an easy opponent and hoped his fame would be enough to buy viewers.
Boxing is fast losing legitimacy in the eyes of fight fans around the world. And it is doing so at a fast rate than ever now that the UFC is offering a viable alternative.
Fight fans want to watch fights. If you want to watch points being scored watch tennis.
Ronda Rousey is capturing world attention, She has posted the biggest pay-per-view numbers of all time at UFC 190. Her upcoming fight against Holly Holm in Melbourne is expected to be the largest sales promotion of the year.