4 Spiritual Lessons from the ‘Fight of the Century’ Between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao takes on Floyd Mayweather in the 'fight of the century.' (Reuters/Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY)
Manny Pacquiao takes on Floyd Mayweather in the ‘fight of the century.’ (Reuters/Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY)

It is now 10 days since the so-called “fight of the century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, and while many questions remain after the fight, in particular concerning the condition of Pacquiao’s shoulder on fight night, the most important question has not been asked; namely, what are the spiritual lessons we can learn from this mega-rich fight?

1. God is not particularly concerned with the outcome of a sporting event. We commonly hear athletes thank God after a victory, saying that without Him they could not have won, and certainly, it’s good for them to be humble and give glory to the Lord.

There are also times when it appears that the Lord may have intervened in a game for the sake of a testimony, as in the case of born-again David Tyree’s “miraculous” catch when his New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2008.

But it’s ludicrous to think that the Lord puts the same priorities on sporting events as we do, as if it really matters which team or person wins. And how many times do you see a spectacular play made by one player on a team, who then points upward to the Lord to say, “It’s all You, Lord!”, only to have the next play go against his team, with the opposing player pointing to the Lord?

Which side is God on? Perhaps neither?

Perhaps He doesn’t share our idolatrous obsession with sports, which is manifest in our divided hearts and in the millions of dollars spent on bets? Perhaps He’s more concerned with the lost being saved and with the sick being healed? Perhaps He’s more concerned with casualties in Syria and with the cry of a martyr’s family in Egypt than with the outcome of a boxing match?

2. Good generally doesn’t triumph over evil in the boxing ring. As much as Pacquiao was painted as the good guy in this fight (from what I’ve heard from friends in the Philippines who know him personally, he’s a genuine believer) and Mayweather was the bad guy (he does, in fact, have a sordid history, especially when it comes to domestic violence), the boxing ring is not the place to expect morality to triumph.

Putting aside the violence and danger of the sport and whether believers should be involved with it at all, the fact is that the better fighter normally wins, not the nicer guy.

This reminds me of the story about a Jewish rabbi and a Catholic priest watching a boxing match together. The rabbi noticed one of the boxers crossing himself before the bout began and asked the priest, “What does that mean?”

The priest replied, “It doesn’t mean anything if he can’t punch.”

Years ago, when Evander Holyfield, a professing Christian, defeated Mike Tyson, who had briefly been a professing Muslim and who was certainly the “bad guy” in the fight, I heard believers saying, “Christianity triumphed over Islam.”

What nonsense.

And what happens when the Muslim boxer defeats the Christian boxer? What does that prove?

Thinking like this is ludicrous.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Michael Brown

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