[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It is typical before sporting events for the national anthem of the athlete’s home countries to be sung. Here in the United States, the Star Spangled Banner is sung at sporting events. When teams in the NHL or MLB play teams from Canada, Oh Canada is sung as well. That customary tradition, one would think, would be carried on at boxing events, more specifically the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight that took place Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]
Mayweather is from the United States and Pacquaio is from the Philippines. So, one would expect the national anthem of those countries to be sung, and they were. But, there was a third national anthem sung prior to the marquee fight last night that has people scratching their heads and wondering why.
The Mexican national anthem was also sung at the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. Not surprisingly, the Twitterverse erupted when that happened.
12 rounds later and STILL have no idea why they sung the Mexican National Anthem.
— #NetNeutralityIndia (@Datoism) May 3, 2015
Seriously the Mexican national anthem? I probably wouldn’t care if one of the fighters were Mexican but…. #MayPac
— YBR (@YoungBLKRepub) May 3, 2015
The official reason given for why the Mexican national anthem was sung during an event held in America between boxers from the United States and the Philippines is that it was a way to recognize and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which occurs on May 5. However, that holiday has nothing to do with American history. It is only used as an excuse by Americans to drink and party.
That rationale appears to be a way to cover up what may likely be the real reason the Mexican national anthem was sung. CBS Sports reports on the monetary tie in between Mexico and the World Boxing Council.
According to TMZ, both Televisa and Azteca — competitors in Mexico’s TV market — will be airing the fight.
“Televisa and Azteca must be recognized for their great commitment, for bringing to Mexico this bout for free,” the World Boxing Council told TMZ. “This has never, ever happened in any country of the world.”
Of course, Mexico is heavily invested in the fight. The Mexican Tourism Board is sponsoring the fight and the official beer of the fight is Tecate, which is based out of Monterrey, Mexico. The two sponsors helped the Fight of the Century bring in a record $13.2 million in sponsorship money.
Could it be the Mexican national anthem was sung because of the sponsorship by Tecate? How would the citizens of Mexico react if the national anthem of the United States were sung in their country due to sponsorship of an event by Nike?
After all, Nike, which is based in Oregon, is a huge sponsor of Liga MX, the Mexican national soccer league. So, I propose that the Star Spangled Banner be sung at every Mexican soccer match which happens around the 4th of July.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]