If you didn’t pay for Saturday night’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., NBC had you covered … sort of. “Saturday Night Live,” which aired during the same time as the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, decided to provide its own version of the “Fight of the Century” in its opening sketch. Jay Pharoah took the role of Floyd Mayweather Jr. while Aidy Bryant played Manny Pacquiao. Kenan Thompson acted as a referee, making fun of Pacquiao and Mayweather’s age and explaining the rules, which included chatting with celebrities between rounds.
They even managed to have Kate McKinnon reprise her role of Justin Bieber when Thompson says the pop star is allowed to enter the ring to “do a condescending dance.” The sketch mocked some of the hype surrounding the fight and two fighters’ style of boxing, which is a more defensive style. The sketch also poked some fun at NBC for the sports they aired during the day—hockey, horse racing and golf—calling it the “whitest day in the history of professional sports.”
Other highlights included Bryant speaking Spanish as Pacquiao despite the fact he is from the Philippines and Pharoah and Thompson walking out during the sketch to go watch the actual fight. Judging from some of the reaction of fans who watched the fight, perhaps the SNL spoof was more entertaining. Hilarious!
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