In the aftermath of what was billed as the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao — which by almost all accounts was a disappointment in terms of its entertainment value — much of the focus is on what went wrong.
One commentator, Mike Foss, writing for USA Today, pins the blame squarely on Pacquiao, noting: “It was revealed Monday that Pacquiao will undergo surgery to fix what is being reported as a ‘significant tear’ in his rotator cuff. According to Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, the injury was sustained in early April.”
Foss doesn’t give any slack to Pacquiao for what the fighter’s fans might consider a legitimate excuse for a poor performance.
“This is worse than simply underperforming,” Foss writes. “This is stupidity incarnate, and truly confirms that this fight was only about the money.”
Foss adds: “The Pacquiao of old would have put the fight on hold and allowed himself the nine months it would have taken to heal from surgery. That’s what a fighter with a desire to win would have done. That’s what any competitor would have done. But by fighting anyway, Pacquiao made the decision to take the loss and the money now.”
Please click on the link near the top of the story to read the rest of the Foss commentary.