For most sports fans, last Saturday’s boxing match between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fizzled into a disappointing unanimous decision bout after months of hype and speculation. With the UFC and champions likeRonda Rousey’s stocks skyrocketing in the mainstream media, many devoted boxing fans believed the Mayweather/Pacquiao match was boxing’s last chance to salvage the sport’s decline in popularity. The lackluster action in the ring did nothing to help the perception of boxing being too slow for the new generation of fans and now more outrage is being hurled at the promoters due to the announcement on Monday that Pacquiao not only will have surgery to repair a tear in the rotator cuff of his right arm, but the injury was suffered weeks before the fight.
Gamblers and fans like Bruce Levenson that shelled out close to $100 to see the pay-per-view are calling foul as the news makes its way around the internet, but Mayweather already has a solution to any inklings of doubt that he won the match fair and square. On Tuesday, Mayweather revealed he would give Pacquiao a rematch once the boxer heals up after nine to twelve months of recovery. The first match may be over, but if boxing promoters have it their way, the controversy will continue on and just may lead to more money for the sport.