Pacquiao knocks out Mayweather in Twitter popularity
MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr defeated Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2 (Sunday, May 3 in Manila), at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. But in the Twitterverse, Pacquiao was the clear victor, with an overwhelming number of posts in support of the Filipino fighter.
According to Twitter's Asia-Pacific team, the hashtag #MayPac was seen 2.7 billion times all over the world from 8:00 pm ET, May 2 to 3:00 am ET, May 3:
"People were highly engaged with Manny and Floyd," said Rappler's data scientist Russell Shepherd. "About half of these netizens tweeted both boxers." As for the other people in either boxer's camp, it was Pacquiao's coach Freddy Roach who was tweeted to the most, although Roach did not himself participate in the conversation.
"The accounts of various media outlets also connected groups of netizens together," said Shepherd. These included Top Rank Boxing, Showtime Sports, HBO Boxing, The Bleacher Report, and E! Online.
In the end, however, Pacquiao came out triumphant sentiment-wise, generating the most heartening show of support. Here are some highlights: