It was nobly generous of the promoters, Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. to give to two charities whatever paltry amount they expect to make from the $10 ticket for admission to the weigh-in of the hyped fight of the century or whatever.
At least they did not want to appear as greedy as this corner has come to perceive them to be by pocketing the take from the curtain-raiser of what should have been a routine—and traditionally free—activity where the two boxers will try to tip the scales at 147 pounds for their welterweight fight on May 2 in Nevada.
Pacquiao’s chosen charity—Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health—and Mayweather’s—Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation—surely are deserving of the goodness of the heart of Arum and his ilk, and that should include the Filipino icon and his American counterpart.
It, however, leaves us concluding that the bleeding-heart part of the magnanimous gesture to throw crumbs (remember, the mega bout is valued at this writing as a $400-million spectacle) at the clinic and the foundation was an empty gesture to humanize the otherwise bloody “sport” of boxing and to show that the two fighters are not the heartless play-for-pay warriors they seem to be.
To raise more money for charity, we recommend the following to the organizers of next month’s take-no-prisoners clash, while they still have the time to amp the compassion meter:
1. Charge $5 for every trip any fan of Pacquiao or Mayweather makes to the men’s room that either boxer uses.
2. For every piece of napkin that the Filipino or American pug throws away after using them between today and May 1, demand $10 from any fan who picks the paper towels up.
3. Not to be bordering on avarice, collect $15 for any fan who calls out the name of Pacquiao or Mayweather when either boxer is out jogging at some park.
4. For $20, you get your money’s worth from a selfie with the Filipino or the American.
5. From the big spenders, such as Mark Wahlberg, Sylvester Stallone, Liam Neeson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan and other Hollywood types, Arum and company can ask for $1,000 each (a steal) every time they visit to watch Pacquiao or Mayweather spar at some gym.
On D-Day, it would not matter if the Filipino or the American won because the Mother Teresa Brigade had taken the money and run to the farthest bank in the desert where they can count the money that should be much, much more than the $25,000 that they will have raised from the weigh-in.
That’s right, Arum and his band, including the Nevada Boxing Commission, reportedly put at 2,500 the number of people that they would allow to watch Pacquiao and Mayweather undress and strut before stepping up the weighing scales.
Other promoters should be getting the cue from the brigade already, in behalf of their favorite charities and for the benefit of the doubt.