I watched all 12 rounds of the Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight. It went exactly as I predicted it. Decision win going to Mayweather, due to his footwork, evasive movement, and superior defense. Surprised? Not at all. Underwhelmed? You betcha.
*PRO-MMA Rant incoming*
That’s why I prefer MMA/Kickboxing over plain boxing. To me, it’s way more exciting and there’s plenty more ways to fight. 8 points of contact as opposed to 2 points. Kicks. Knees. Elbows (Muay Thai rules). What always gets my goat is when boxing fans always say, “Oh, if an MMA fighter went into a boxing ring he’d lose.” Well no shit. You’re taking away all the weapons an MMA fighter can use. If a boxer were to go into the MMA ring or octagon, at least they can’t say that both fighters were nerfed in any way. A boxer can go into an MMA ring with his fists. The MMA fighter or kickboxer can go in with all their weapons intact. And boy do I love watching boxers go into an MMA/kickboxing fights and getting their just desserts.
*end Pro-MMA rant*
Tonight just reaffirmed a few things for me. One, it pisses me off to see boxers make that much money for a fight that was about as exciting as watching grass grow. Two, I just can’t be bothered by any combat sport where only the fists can be used. Three, screw the hype train. For me, it’s MMA all the way. Kickboxing and Muay Thai too.
I’ve taken the liberty of adding some fights which are my personal faves of recent memory.
And if you’re interested in learning some of the finer points of striking, I highly recommend Lawrence Kenshin’s channel.
And there’s always Jack Slack and the entire Fightland VICE series on youtube as well.