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The #MayPac “Fight of the Century” is Upon Us, Social Media Abuzz

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 With a little over 24 hours until the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight gets underway, social media is already abuzz with snarky jabs being volleyed back and forth between #TeamMayweather and #TeamPacquaio. Nearly 50 years after the May 25th, 1965 Ali Vs. Liston II title bout, which produced arguably one of the most famous sports images in history, Floyd Mayweather is slated to fight Manny Pacquaio Saturday May 2nd, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Social Media has coined the term #MayPac, using it to tag all digital media reporting over Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao and also calling it “The Fight of The Century;” a mega-fight of epic proportions.

Before we get into the thick of this teasingly harmonious union between social media and boxing, we want to share with you everything you need to know about tomorrow’s fight:Floyd-Mayweather-VS-Manny-Pacquiao-Tech-Critic

Where and when is the Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao fight being held?

  • Thirty-eight year old American boxer Floyd Mayweather and thirty-six year old Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao will be stepping into the ring together at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday May 2nd, 2015.
  • The doors will open at 2pm local time, with the first match scheduled at 3PM. The main event will begin five hours later at 8pm.
  • You can order the event for $89-$100 from either ShowTime or HBO or check out one of your local bars, paying a small entrance fee. Bars like Buffalo Wild Wings will be airing the event at select locations; to see a list of Buffalo Wild Wings near you search their site.

Sports Events & Social Media; How Important Are Social Networks to Boxing?

With roughly three times the number of followers on social media, Mayweather boasts a life of luxury ostensibly fueled by his resounding success as a world famous athlete; meanwhile Pacquaio takes a much more humbled & quiet approach to his social media presence sharing Biblical quotes and pictures of his family. No simple answer exists that explains why these two opposing forces would have an unequal amount of followers (social media doesn’t work that way!), however one could conjure up a few reasons…

  • The Internet sees Floyd Mayweather as the better athlete?
  • Social media accounts of the rich & famous personify a lifestyle that your average Joe could only dream of, leaving fans clamoring to be like the extravagant Mayweather.
  • Or is it just that simple; Mayweather posts more than Pacquiao thus engaging his audience?

One thing is for certain; social media is an ever-present part of an athlete’s career serving as the hype-machine used to generate buzz around mega-fights such as this one. According to boxing promoter Nisse Sauerland, “Nowadays you have to be on social media to launch the fight and to build hype,” further solidifying his thoughts by stating, “It couldn’t be done without it.”

With the amount of followers shared between these two athletes and the massive amount of media being shared over this event, one could argue that social media is critical to boxing as its events unfold in real-time unlike other events that have less objectivity. As the ‘Fight of the Century’ unfolds tomorrow, social media will be inundated with countless echoes from across the globe commemorating one of the best boxing matches in recent history.



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