Floyd Mayweather Jr emerged as the winner of the welterweight title super-fight against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Mayweather, with his unblemished 47-0 record, started as the hot favorite and dominated proceedings within the ring throughout the bout.
The 38-year-old seized Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization crown by winning the historic bout, retaining his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council’s welterweight belt.
Mayweather won through decision after 12 rounds, though he couldn’t extend his record of 26 knockout wins. All three judges unanimously scored the American fighter higher than his Filipino rival. He was awarded 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 and is now one win away from Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 milestone, as AFP points out.
“He’s a very awkward fighter, so I had to take my time and watch him close, All 47 fights before I got to this fight played a major role in my career.” Mayweather showered praise over his rival after winning the fight.
“Manny Pacquiao is a true champion and we both did our best tonight. When the history books are written, this fight will have been worth the wait.”
Bob Arum, Top Rank promoter, questioned why the Filipino boxer was denied a pre-fight injection by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Though Pacquiao didn’t give any excuses.
“I did my best. But my best wasn’t good enough,” he revealed after the bout.
Pacquiao could only score with 81 punches in comparison to Mayweather, who landed 148 punches, according to score cards, which also claim that the Filipino only managed to win 2 rounds.
Five years of debate and months of hype have finally reached their climax on Saturday at Las Vegas as the greatest boxers donned their gloves.