When American boxer Floyd Mayweather and Philippines fighter Manny Pacquiao stepped in the ring on May 2, all was set for a record smashing contest. Grossing 300 million dollars in revenue, the richest fight in boxing history divided opinions and produced lessons for anybody interested in success.
Here are three lessons from #MayPac
1. Whose report do you believe?
I was too tired to stay awake for the fight, so I slept and woke up around the time the bout was on. When I got up, I had to iron my clothes before the lights went off, so I ended up not watching the fight.
I supported Manny Pacquiao, and from where I was, I could hear the cheers and commentary of my neighbours and friends who were all supporting Pacquiao. Based on that, I concluded that PacMan was winning. Lo and behold, Mayweather was declared the winner in the end. Had I placed a bet based on what I was reading and hearing, I would have lost it.
Are you a business person? Do you take investment or other decisions that have serious outcomes? Whom do you listen to? People whose interest biases their report or people who bring evidence based information?
2. How do you choose sides?
Typical boxing matches are marketed as a choice between the two boxers. Quickly scanning through why people picked sides, you will find many sentimental choices.
For example, some fans supported one fighter becaue they felt he was more humble, while others picked the other because they felt he had more style.
Here is the lesson -a good personality may be good for the job, but it takes more than personality to actually excel once you get the job.
3. Do you cry over spilt milk?
Some Manny Pacquiao supporters felt he deserved the win. In fact, such supporters spent the whole of Sunday arguing their point and challenging the result.
Now here’s the bitter truth. Will crying foul make PacMan the winner? No!
Will a rematch make him the winner? Perhaps!
But that can only happen if he doesn’t contract what I call the “I deserve to win virus” from his supporters. His chances are brighter if he goes back to study the fight and ask himself critical questions like why did I lose? What were my mistakes? How can I avoid them next time to win a possible rematch?
In the end, the deed is done. Some people say the fight wasn’t entertaining and hence the hype was not justified, but what makes something entertaining is subjective. The fight promoters promised a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, and they delivered that. I don’t remember them promising an entertainment programme.
In the end, Floyd Mayweather is the undisputed boxing champion of the world. That is fact. Everything else is up for discussion.
So, what do you think? What lessons did you learn from ‘The Fight of the century’? Share with us
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