I comfess, I had absolutely no interest in watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. I am also probably one of a small handful of Filipinos who believe that Pacquiao's aggressive, in-your-face, high-tempo-try-to-overwhelm-your-opponet
had a ice cube's shot in hell of beating Mayweather's patient, be-responsible-defensively, counterattack-when-the-opportunity-presents-itself, control-the-pace-of-the-fight-and-make-your-opponent-overwork-themselves
Now with that being said, I found a free online stream of it and, even though the stream was sketchy at times, I did watch the fight. I would have liked to have seen Pacquiao knock out Mayweather. I would have liked to have seen him make the sports world able to put a tick in the loss column of Mayweather's record. But, as I expected would happen, I watched the fight go the distance and saw Pacquiao lose a judge's decision that I knew (ever since they first announced the fight) that he would never be able to win anyway.
Anyway, looking at the various online reports/analyses of the fight that got posted, in my opinion this guy probably sums things up simply, if bluntly. SBNation.com - If you paid $100 for Mayweather-Pacquiao, you're a chump
Yes, it comes off a bit more as a rant than a report/analysis of the fight, but when he gets to the second half of the article, you cannot deny that quite a bit of what he says makes sense. In the second half of the article, he talks about some of the unwritten/unofficial realities of the sport of boxing that some boxing fans just don't want to accept exist.1st Point
Mayweather is going to retire never having fought somebody on his level. The trick he pulls is convincing you that he's about to fight somebody on his level. In this case, it was past-his-prime Manny Pacquiao, six years after this fight should've happened.2nd Point
But it's worse! Because this wasn't even Manny Pacquiao at full strength. Pacquiao's team claims Manny has a tear in his shoulder, and had for almost a month, and that he'll need surgery on it.3rd Point
Some think this is just a way saving face after a bad performance. But let's believe them for a second: they're telling us that they asked an injured boxer to give it a shot against an all-time great with an injured shoulder.
This is not a sound boxing decision. It is, however, a spectacular decision when you get $100 million just for showing up. Manny Pacquiao got $100 million for showing up.
Floyd Mayweather is smart. It's not his job to fight somebody who should beat him. It's not his job to give that person an opportunity to give that opportunity to beat him by fighting brashly. It's his job to win and get paid. And he did.4th Point
Manny Pacquiao and his team are smart too. They knew they had to make this show go on, even if Pacquiao was hurt.
because again, as stated in a previous quote from the article...
Manny Pacquiao got $100 million for showing up.
Now obviously people are now abuzz about "what's next" for both fighters. Well, obviously a rematch is out of the question, as both camps and both fighters know that there's not much of a chance that they'd be able to match the hype (and thus, the payout) of this match. It's not like they'd need to fight again anyway. Both guys are stupidly rich and (as long as they don't spend it all and don't do anything even stupider that would cause them to lose it all) they'll continue to be stupidly rich.
Mayweather's got tons of endorsements, I'm sure. It's also known that he's got tons of investments and real estate holdings that make him tons of money. He's also got enough earnings that even with his extravagant lifestyle, he can afford to just completely retire and live off of all the interest that his money gets.
Like Mayweather, Pacquiao also has endorsements, investments, and real estate, not to mention his dabbling/forays into playing pro basketball, singing and acting. Mainly though, Pacquiao has/will have his "political career" back in The Philippines to fall back on. His popularity is so high back home, that as long as he continues to run for whatever political office/position is available, he will continue to get elected "because he's Manny". Hell, The Philippines is due to call a Presidential election next year (2016). If Pacquiao decided, or if he were convinced to announce his candidacy, it would not surprise me at all if the country votes him in because the people decided that they want "President Manny".
EDIT: SBNation.com - 5 things that cost $100 that are better than Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
Can't say that I disagree with this list; especially that Kindle Fire tablet, that's a hell of a deal.