The appeal of Floyd Mayweather is something of a mystery to me. Oh, I don’t mean because he’s a wife-beating, cash-flashing a-hole. Boxing isn’t exactly a sport that we watch to celebrate the morality of its stars. (See also: Tyson, Mike.) His being a wife-beating, cash-flashing a-hole is kind of beside the point.
No, I find it confusing that people enjoy watching him fight because he’s so boring. Mayweather’s a great defensive fighter—he’s almost impossible to hit, as solid as smoke—and his hands are so quick and accurate that he makes anyone who stumbles in for a flurry pay. But the 48-o fighter relies on that defense almost exclusively: Since 2006, he’s knocked out just two boxers. This was the easiest fight to predict of all time. He makes guys miss and lands a straight right and dances away. Rinse and repeat. Yawn.Read More