Marlon Wayans is a comedian, and by rule, he is required to say funny things.
He had a few to say about the alleged “Fight of the Century” from this past Saturday.
“That was a wonderful dance,” Wayans said sarcastically on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I think the two of those guys danced so beautifully – it was a great recital. I can’t wait for the fight now.”
None of us can.
Yes, what could have been one of the greatest sporting events – not boxing matches, but sporting events – of all time was a flat-out dud. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao danced, jabbed and hugged for 12 rounds. In the end, Mayweather won by unanimous decision and strutted around the ring as though he had officially become the greatest athlete ever. He earned a chorus of boos for his bravado.
“I was so mad,” Wayans said. “I was like, I could have did this in the park with one of my friends. I just didn’t understand why Manny didn’t throw any punches, and then I found out afterward that he had a shoulder (injury). So if it was a Manny Pacquiao that was throwing 100 punches a round, I think it would have been a much better fight.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers are probably saying the same thing about their Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals, as another shoulder injury – this one to Kevin Love – may prevent Cleveland from winning the series.
“I’m (pulling) for Cleveland because I really like LeBron,” Wayans said. “I loved their chances with Kevin Love, especially with San Antonio gone. I really feel like they had the team to do it. I think Kevin Love getting his shoulder pulled out of whack, that’s a bad thing for them. But let’s see if they can figure it out when J.R. Smith gets back and . . . extend the (Bulls’) defense with (the) three-point shot. I think they’re going to be all right.”
Wayans has been more than all right in his acting career, starring in such hits as Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks, and Requiem for a Dream. He got his big break, however, while appearing on In Living Color, one of the best sketch shows in television history. Wayans, 42, was still a teenager when the show first aired in 1990, and the series achieved international acclaim.
“It was one of the greatest things ever but one of the worst things,” Wayans said. “It was great because I was in college at the time (and I got a lot of exposure). But it was hard because (I didn’t have a lot of experience).”
It didn’t take long for Wayans to find his footing, but he hasn’t forgotten where it all began. He still watches re-runs of the show and recently introduced it to his children.
“To me, it’s one of the greatest sketch shows ever,” Wayans said. “It’s what Keenen (Ivory Wayans) was going for when he was doing the show: timeless comedy. Even if you’re doing a topical thing, it should be timeless in terms of the amount of comedy that’s in it. It should be relatable not just for that moment, but 20 years from now, people should still be laughing.”