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Floyd Mayweather’s Record Untouched After Manny Pacquiao Fight

Floyd Mayweather’s Record Untouched After Manny Pacquiao Fight

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It didn’t matter whether you were a boxing fan or not, you knew that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were entering the ring for what the media and promotions were calling the ‘fight of the century’, and the two men delivered quite the show. With all the money involved and ticket prices through the roof, they knew this was all about the show and they did deliver that plus your money’s worth. You can check out the full highlights below.

Floyd Mayweather outboxed and outmaneuvered Manny Pacquiao to claim a unanimous points victory in the most lucrative boxing match in history Saturday, taking his unblemished professional record to 48-0 and cementing his place as one of the greatest fighters of all time.

After 12 high-intensity and often tactically cautious rounds, the judges scorecards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas read 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in favor of Mayweather.

And while Vegas is a town not unfamiliar with a controversial points decision, there could be little disputing the outcome of this showdown for the WBA, WBC and WBO welterweight titles.

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For some, it was the fight that almost never happened as high demand meant some pay-per-view viewers in the U.S. experienced disruptions to their service.

Yet after a short delay to proceedings to enable broadcast problems to be ironed out, “MayPac” was finally on.

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‘Fight of the Century’

The sense of anticipation as both men entered the ring was all the $300 million purse and their indisputable reputations promised.

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Ready to rumble

The way the fight began Saturday, it looked like those predicting a supremely focused Mayweather were correct.

The 10-time world champion and the larger man, sought to establish his dominance early, using his jab to keep the powerful Pacquiao at a distance while landing with two large right hands early on.

But Pacquiao was the aggressor at the beginning of round two. The Filipino moved forward more although he still found it difficult to make contact with the ever illusive Mayweather.

Earlier in the week, former middleweight world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins described Mayweather’s defensive style as like a turtle going into its shell. “You can beat that shell up but you’re not hurting him.”

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Like the wily tortoise up against the hare, the man with the impenetrable shell looked to be in control.

Round three offered much of the same but Pacquiao finally began to land in round four, pushing Mayweather against the ropes and letting rip with a sequence of blows to the body.

Mayweather fought back in five and six, reasserting his control although Pacquiao twice caught him with his dangerous left hand.

By the eighth, the fight had become a chess match. Mayweather moved and picked his opponent off with the jab. Pacquiao was only landing with 18% of his punches, far fewer than his usual average of 34%.

When the 10th arrived the cocky Mayweather was back, smiling and dropping his hands to taunt an increasingly frustrated Pacquiao.

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The Pacquiao corner knew a knockout was required but their man had to catch his fleet-footed opponent in the opposite corner first.

Alas, it was a task the crowd favorite could not rise to, although the fighter himself felt he had done enough to claim victory.

“I thought I won,” Pacquiao said in the ring post fight. “He didn’t do nothing, just moved outside. I got him many times.”

By the eighth, the fight had become a chess match. Mayweather moved and picked his opponent off with the jab. Pacquiao was only landing with 18% of his punches, far fewer than his usual average of 34%.

When the 10th arrived the cocky Mayweather was back, smiling and dropping his hands to taunt an increasingly frustrated Pacquiao.

The Pacquiao corner knew a knockout was required but their man had to catch his fleet-footed opponent in the opposite corner first.

Alas, it was a task the crowd favorite could not rise to, although the fighter himself felt he had done enough to claim victory.

“I thought I won,” Pacquiao said in the ring post fight. “He didn’t do nothing, just moved outside. I got him many times.”

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“He is moving around and it’s not easy to throw a lot of punches if your opponent moves around. I can handle his power, it’s not strong like other opponents. It’s not about size. I’ve been fighting bigger than him and it’s not a problem.”

Understandably, the victorious Mayweather — as well as most ring-side observers — disagreed.

“I was a smart fighter, I out-boxed him,” said Mayweather, shaking off boos from the crowd which was unimpressed with his defensive style.

“We did what we had to do tonight. I knew he was going to push me. He had moments in the fight but I kept him on the outside.”

“He’s a hell of a fighter. Now I see why he is one of the guys at the pinnacle of the sport of boxing.”

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao Fight Highlights

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