Weighing In on the Fight

The much-anticipated Pacquiao v Mayweather prizefight is a big deal in America. But it’s a way bigger deal in the Philippines where Manny Pacquiao fights are treated like a national holiday. And “residents of the western Philippines are being asked to turn off their refrigerators so there will be enough electricity to watch this weekend’s fight.” (Americans love sports, but nothing could get us to unplug the fridge.)

+ “What do you get when you cross Muhammad Ali, Sly Stallone, Vaclav Havel, Michael Vick, Che Guevara, & Clay Aiken?” GQ’s excellent Andrew Corsello did a great piece on Manny: The Biggest Little Man in the World.

+ When Pacquiao fights, Filipinos take a national holiday. When Floyd Mayweather fights, American women take a holiday from getting beat up. Megan Garber in The Atlantic: “Given all the hype, it’s easy to forget that ‘the last great prizefighter’ is also a repeated batterer of women.”

+ LA Times: Mayweather to post Suge Knight’s $10-million bail if he wins fight. (My preference in a fight hasn’t been this one-sided since Rocky fought Ivan Drago…)

+ And finally, The Economist explains how a knockout punch works.

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