Throw politics into the mix and you get a recipe for some serious bad blood. And, be honest, you love it. You eat it up and savor every moment. Rivalries make things more exciting, right? Of course, as we’ll soon see, sometimes these rivals can go a bit too far. These heated sports rivalries have created some of the most controversial and talked-about moments in sports history.
Rajon Rondo vs Chris Paul
Tensions between basketball players Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul have always been high. Both players have been caught making snide remarks behind each others backs in the past, and a controversial video from 2018 showed Rondo spitting in Paul’s face during a match, sparking a fight between the two.
Canadiens vs. Bruins
This rivalry goes all the way back to 1955 when a fight broke out between Montreal’s Maurice Richard and Bruin Hal Laycoe, which resulted in Richard’s arrest by Boston police officers as well as his suspension from the NHL. Since then the Canadiens and Bruins have played against each other more than any other teams in the NHL. In 2011, the rivalry reached supreme heights when a total of six fights broke out between the teams following the end of the game.
Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers
Things were alright between the Astros and the Rangers until a deal with the MLB and a change in ownership moved the Houston-based team from the National League to the American League. Astros fans were livid, not wanting their team to leave the National League. Equally, Rangers fans weren’t happy, feeling the team was encroaching on their turf. Tensions have been high between the teams ever since.
Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Although they only fought for the first time in 2015, the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. feud dates back quite a while, with a match between the two champion boxers being teased as far back as 2009 when Mayweather returned from his retirement. Their 2015 match ended up being one of the most popular as well as most expensive boxing matches ever put on, with each athlete netting over $100 million, leading critics to decry the fight as a ploy to get some money.
Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns
On April 15, 1985, the world witnessed the undisputed champion boxer, Marvin Hagler, compete with challenger and world junior middleweight champion, Thomas Hearns. The fight has long been considered one of the most epic boxing matches in history, and is dubbed “The War” by boxing fans worldwide.