On one of the most anticipated night is sports, May 2nd was finally here for all to witness the bout between the undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0), and Manny Pacquaio (57-6) dubbed “The Fight Of The Century”.
After years of speculation, on-again, off-again negations, the match was finally set as the boxers are recognized as the two best in the sport.
Mayweather not only outboxed Pacquaio but out smarted him majority of the fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather took it the full 12 rounds and was awarded the win in a unanimous decision.
“I was a smart fighter. I out-boxed him,” Mayweather said.
He was aggressive in the 11th round being the sound defensive technician that Mayweather is, proved that he is the most sound fighter of our generation.
The 48-0 record holding Mayweather won all three belts — unifying the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles.
A lot of Pacquaio’s powerful combination didn’t land smoothly or at all for that matter, especially when he had Mayweather on the ropes. Yet Mayweather stayed on the attack and he continued to decimate his opponent each round.
Pacquiao had a few solid rounds, but Mayweather remained focused on his strong defensive style of boxing. Anytime throughout the match when it seemed like Pacquiao gained any type of momentum, Mayweather would avoid shake away and delivered power quick blows, keeping himself afloat.
“He’s moving around,” Pacquiao said. “It’s not easy to throw a lot of punches.”
As the final rounds came and left, Pacquaio’s confidence was shattered while Mayweather raised his hands in victory seconds before the final bell sounded.
“We did what we had to do tonight,” Mayweather said, “and I’m truly blessed. I’m a calculated fighter, he’s a tough competitor.”
The delusional Pacquiao seemed to shocked that fight was not scored in his favor. Interesting seeing how he only landed 19% of his punches in the rink against the champ.
“I thought I hit him more times than he hit me,” Pacquiao said. “I was very surprised at the score.”
He just wasn’t aggressive consistently against Mayweather, as the judges saw clearly just as everyone viewing the fight.
Both fighter cleared a huge payday, as this was the most anticipated fight in decades.
Saturday night Mayweather proved to the non believers that he is indeed pound for pound the best fighter to date. Whether you love him or hate him, you must respect not only skill set in the ring, but his acute business acumen that has helped keep the sport of boxing alive for many years.
Mayweather also revealed in his post fight press conference that he would be giving up his belts some time soon. In order to give other up-and-coming fighters an opportunity to compete and grab the big stage.
“My next fight will be a 12 round fight but it won’t be a championship fight,” Mayweather said speaking his final bout taking place in September.
Once he retires, will boxing be able to fill the void left by the one who’s reached the pinnacle of the boxing world?
There is no replacing ‘The Best Ever’.
The judges scored the bout: 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.