Mayweather edges Pacquiao in a disappointing bout
Floyd Mayweather outclassed Manny Pacquiao in the much anticipated and historic bout to become champion of three titles in his category, including the WBA and WBC at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 2.
After a full 12 rounds of fierce punching, tactical, cautious and reserved Mayweather took the victory after enduring lots of smart leg work and punching from his rival Pacquiao.
The five-weight champion has therefore confirmed his status of the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of his generation.
The world champion is now undefeated in 48 professional fights, stretching back 19 years. Six-weight world champion Pacquiao, 36, falls to 57 wins, six losses and two draws.
The opening round was extremely cagey, with both men trying to establish their distance, but Mayweather did land a couple of eye-catching right hand hooks on the counter.
Mayweather who looks bigger than Pacquiao, was quicker in the early rounds and kept up his reputation as a very defensive fighter with his crafty approach.
He was found hugging Pacquiao and almost endlessly running even though he would land a few direct hits before doing so.
The tactics employed by Mayweather got Pacquiao and his fans frustrated. Each time Pacquiao get close, Mayweather was available to tie him up which gave Mayweather the opportunity to rock Pacquiao with two more rights in the second, although Pacquiao was able to get inside his rival’s superior reach and unleash a couple punches.
Having left the fans disappointed, the fact that Mayweather won so handily was more proof of his unparalleled genius.
Pacquiao’s pride will no doubt be saved when he next checks his bank account as is estimated the fight will generate $400m (£265m) in total, with Mayweather and Pacquiao set to split in the region of $230m (£150m).
Pacquiao said he felt he had won the fight during the post game interview but the statistics all beg to differ as Mayweather was just superior enough in most categories.
That did not stop the Las Vegas crowd from booing the unbeaten fighter as the Philipino remains much more popular.
Mayweather after his victory, confirmed he would fight one more time in September before retiring, in a supposed bid to surpass Rocky Marciano’s mark of 49 matches unbeaten.
The fight had in attendance several celebrities including Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Power couple JayZ and Beyonce, Seand “Diddy” Combs, Robert De
Niro, Sting, Prince and Donald Trump while multi Grammy Award winner Jamie Foxx sang the American anthem.
George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon were all absent leaving many to wonder if there would be a big discovery on the news after the fight.
Justin Bieber and Jimmy Kimmel accompanied the fighters to the ring but perhaps the most telling comment of the night came from Mike Tyson who tweeted “waited 5years for this, #underwhelmed”. An apt summary of the fight.
See some pictures of the fight below;