Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
Well, the Fight of the Century is over and Floyd Mayweather is 48-0. Manny Pacquiao threw everything he had at the undefeated champion but hit mostly air while Mayweather’s counter-attacking style gave him a unanimous decision victory over the Pac-Man.
Regardless of how you felt about the action in the ring, the action outside of it both before and after the Fight of the Century was just fantastic. Las Vegas turned into Hollywood and the sports world Hall of Fame for the evening as celebrities and athletes from all walks of life made their way to the MGM Grand for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Here were some of the highlights from the moments leading up to the fight and immediately after.
It was an eventful day for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, who traveled from the Kentucky Derby straight to the the fight in style. But first, the Derby
NFL (@nfl) May 02, 2015
Then, the private jet to Sin City.
Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) May 02, 2015
So the Patriots were in Sin City, but the most people watching the fight were in another country. Pacquiao’s home country, The Philippines, came out in droves to support their hero.
Next Big Fight (@NextBigFight) May 03, 2015
We told you there were celebrities. There were top flight stars like Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Jay-Z, Beyonce and of course, “His Airness” himself.
The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) May 03, 2015
Still, Michael Jordan didn’t even make it into an entourage. Not impressive at all. Jimmy Kimmel rolled in with Pacquiao looking… interesting.
Jimmy Kimmel apparently has joined Manny Pacquiao's entourage AND Run DMC. http://t.co/byS7MFaCl3—
CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 03, 2015
Speaking of entourages, looks like there were enough of them flying into Las Vegas’ McCarran airport to merit investing in an entire new airport.
(@SportsCenter) May 03, 2015
Once the second undercard fight ended, things started to unravel a little bit. The good news was that this fight was extremely popular. The bad news, the Pay-Per-View servers crashed and not only delayed the fight, but also kept some viewers in the dark.
HBO says"There are more orders tonight than any night in PPV history.Fans should just be patient and distributors will process their orders"—
Richard Sandomir (@RichSandomir) May 03, 2015
Once that got sorted out, we got the Jamie Foxx national anthem. Not quite Carl Lewis bad, but yeah, not awesome.
Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 03, 2015
Jamie Foxx making me feel good about my shower singing—
Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) May 03, 2015
For many, the anthem was better than the bout.
Well that was boring, would have been more rewarding actually going to sleep #MayPac—
Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) May 03, 2015
Jamie Foxx's national anthem had more twists and turns than the fight. #MayPac—
Funny Tweets™ (@Lmao) May 03, 2015
I've seen better matches on Tinder #MayPac—
Anthony Troli (@AnthonyTroli) May 03, 2015
We haven’t had a very good century…. #FightOfTheCentury—
Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) May 03, 2015
However you felt about what happened, the Fight of the Century is a wrap. Even if the actual fight left something to be desired, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao built this night into something special that we’ll always remember, for more than a few reasons.