On Wednesday, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr was stripped of his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title. Yes, the title he won when he defeated Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in the “fight of the century”.
With all the social media hype that surrounded the spectacle it should have captured the attention of the world, but reaction to the highest-earning celebrity losing one of his titles was rather sombre.
There were of course the “shade throwers”:
Some celebrated, even though the decision did not affect the result of the May 2 bout:
There were some (#TMT) who felt the World Boxing Organisation was being a bit harsh on the pound-for-pound king, even though Mayweather knew he could not hold two separate weight class titles under WBO rules:
Some even suggested that this might be part of a big conspiracy to get Pacquiao back in the ring:
But as with anything Mayweather, it was all about the money – and paying the WBO a $200 000 sanctioning fee:
For a few it was not about the money but the prestige of the title: