Floyd dances to victory

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Pushed to a corner Manny Pacquiao drives Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ropes during their “Fight of the Century” in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday, Philippine time). Mayweather won via unanimous decision, a verdict that broke the hearts not only of Filipinos but also of Pacquiao’s millions of fans around the world. No rematch has been talked about. AFP PHOTO

Pushed to a corner Manny Pacquiao drives Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ropes during their “Fight of the Century” in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday, Philippine time). Mayweather won via unanimous decision, a verdict that broke the hearts not only of Filipinos but also of Pacquiao’s millions of fans around the world. No rematch has been talked about. AFP PHOTO

Unanimous decision booed by pro-Pacquiao Las Vegas crowd

LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather turned the ring into a dance floor on his way to a unanimous decision over a frustrated Manny Pacquiao here on Saturday (Sunday, Philippine time) to win the richest fight in history and cement his place in the pantheon of boxing greats.

Boos rang out from a pro-Pacquiao Las Vegas crowd as Mayweather’s emphatic victory was confirmed by all three scorecards after 12 rounds of cat-and-mouse action.

Mayweather comfortably outboxed his Filipino rival to snuff out any chance of the full-blooded slugfest that the more aggressive Pacquiao was hoping to ignite.


He seemed to have just settled for going through the motions for the victory, according to The Manila Times columnist Conrad Cariño, writing his piece for today’s issue just minutes after the Las Vegas bout ended.

“While the match was won by Mayweather based on the cards and punch stats, much of the talk years on would be possibly on how the fight failed to live up to its hype, mainly because one of the fighters looked like he was just interested in winning and collecting his huge paycheck,” he said.

“Definitely, it wasn’t Pacquiao,” Carino added.

The win extended Mayweather’s remarkable 19-year unbeaten record to 48-0, putting him within one fight of equalling Rocky Marciano’s legendary milestone of 49-0.

The 38-year-old Mayweather retained his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight titles and seized Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization belt by winning the fight on all three of the judges’ scorecards.

“He’s a very awkward fighter, so I had to take my time and watch him close,” Mayweather said. “All 47 fights before I got to this fight played a major role in my career.

“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.”

The fight is widely believed to be the most lucrative in boxing history with revenues of $400 million.

Judges emphatic
Ringside judge Dave Moretti scored the bout 118-110 for Mayweather, while judges Glenn Feldman and Bert Clements both scored it 116-112 for the American.

But when the results were announced the pro-Pacquiao crowd booed lustily and tried to drown out Mayweather’s post-fight comments over the public address system.

Their Filipino star Pacquiao suffered the sixth loss of his career to go with 57 victories and two draws.

There is no denying that the 36-year-old Pacquiao made Mayweather work for the victory and hit the American with some thundering lefts.

He was the aggressor, pressing the action from the first round and was able to land some right-left combinations on Mayweather’s head, especially on the ropes and in the final seconds of the early rounds.

But ultimately Pacquiao wasn’t able to keep up his frenzied early pace for all 12 rounds and Mayweather, who was the bigger of the two fighters, managed to slip in counterpunches and hard right hands that kept the Filipino southpaw at bay.

Even so, Pacquiao said he thought he did enough to earn the victory.
“I thought I won the fight,” he said. “He didn’t do nothing.”
-September finale?

Mayweather reiterated afterward that he plans to retire after his next fight in September that will fulfill his six-fight contract to Showtime Sports.

“My last fight is in September. I’ll do that and I will hang it up,” said the American, who is estimated to have earned $200 million for one night’s work.

Pacquiao will receive well over $100 million in a 60-40 purse split the fighters agreed to beforehand.

The entrance of the fighters to the ring was delayed about 45 minutes because of problems with the heavy demand for pay-per-view telecast and the providers’ ability to distribute it.

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood, entertainment and sports were in attendance, including director Clint Eastwood, actors Robert De Niro, Jon Voight, Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, musician Sting, former NBA star Magic Johnson and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who visited Pacquiao in his dressing room before the fight.

Only a lucky few had tickets to the bout but thousands more milled around the outside of the Grand Garden arena and in the hotel’s casino.

Mayweather made a grand entrance befitting of his superstar status.

He was accompanied by his “The Money Team,” which includes his father/trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.

But Pacquiao arrived first to the ring, smiling relentlessly and even taking a selfie with long-time trainer Freddie Roach during his entrance.

The atmosphere was electric inside the Grand Garden Arena as the crowd got into the fight, cheering every early exchange and urging the boxers to throw more punches.

The tension in the ring was also intense as the fighters exchanged words and even traded low blows in the third round.

Mayweather hit Pacquiao first, prompting Pacquiao to look at referee Kenny Bayless as if to say, “did you see that.”

The Filipino returned the favor when they got together on the ropes moments later.

In the fourth round Pacquiao landed his best punch of the fight so far, hitting Mayweather with an overhand right that knocked him back to the ropes.

He then added a flurry of punches for good measure as the crowd screamed like crazy for him to end the fight.

A couple of times Pacquiao had Mayweather on the ropes but the superbly-fit American took everything he could dish out and still had enough energy in the later rounds to jab, connect with some overhand rights.

He deftly moved out of harm’s way each time Pacquiao came in close for the knockout punch.

Mayweather was so confident of winning by the 12-round that he raised one arm in triumph while the two were still trading punches.

“He is a hell of a fighter. I take my hat off to him,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather threw 435 total punches compared to 429 for Pacquiao and he connected on 34 percent of those to Pacquiao’s 19 percent.

Mayweather also had his jab working in precision fashion as he landed 48 percent to Pacquiao’s 27 percent ratio.

AFP

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  1. Kanya kanyang strategy lang yan sa buhay ng tao. Ganyan ang strategy ni mayweather para makapanalo laban kay pacquiao. Kung nanalo si mayweather sa daya ng judges , yan ang mali. Kung style niya ganyan katulad ni Ali. Ganyan talaga.

  2. Floyd is NO Warrior / Gladiator blood. Better Watching U F C fights !! The Aggressor should be d winnah , except he get koed ! Boxing is a Slugfest , not a running / dancing fest !! Better Change boxing RULES. No aggression = no win !!

  3. & if manny truly was hurt why didnt he tell his fans as he knew they would be betting lots of their hard earned money on him, it seems he doesnt care if you lose your money betting on him. Now try to blame that on floyd.
    You pinoys are just a race of cheats, you want your man to win at any cost. Ask manny why he wouldnt take rbt to fight night back in 2009 & ask them why after signing the contract to fight earlier this year they then asked if either failed a test could they get off with just a $5,000,000 fine. Thats what team manny asked team floyd. & what was team floyds answer, if you fail a drugs test it will cost you a lot more than $5,000,000.
    Floyd made manny look like an average fighter, & it makes me ask was manny juicing years ago when he was so good, or is it that floyd is just naturally that much better than manny. Ill let you answer that question.

  4. Why are you filipinos such bad losers. Manny pacquiao was made to look ordinary in that ring. Boxing is the art of hitting without getting hit. Now i know everyone cant do that, but floyd has it perfected & its that skill which has allowed him to never take a count in boxing as a professional. Its a good job that manuila times columnist wasnt a judge as if he saw manny winning that fight he is useless. I would get someone that understands boxing & pay them. I was listening to british commentators & they were saying without seeing the scorecards how easy floyd was making it look. Even marcos maidana made floyd work harder. Why dont you pinoys call for manny to fight maidana & lets see how good he really is at welterweight. It would be the last 2 losing opponents of floyd mayweather fighting each other to see who is second best after floyd. I bet you wont do that as you will be scared manny will get ko’d by marcos.
    In this country you are used to lying cheating & stealing as the norm, thank god you lot wernt the judges.

  5. Sa akin observasyon during the fight between Manny Pac and Mayweathei palaging umi-iwas si Mayweather round after round kay Manny ayaw niyang maki-pagsupakan kaya ang alam ko at palaging ag-risibo si Manny kaya ang alam ko ay nanalo si Manny Pac sa labanan.

  6. jerry osias on

    Just trying to make a reaction. Who’s better Catholic Manny or Born Again (Protestant) Manny?

  7. Disappiont Fan on

    For those who followed the Mayweather – Pacquiao fight, most came away disappointed,

    For myself, I don’t believe Mayweather fought at all. He spent spent the majority of his time running away from Pacquiao, trying to avoid fighting rather than truly engaging Manny.

    Yeah, the strategy worked to get awarded the win, but I think Floyd lost the respect of practically every boxing fan in the process.

    Boxing needs to change the way they score fights if they consider running away from your opponent all night is the same as actually fighting.

    I don’t care how many wins Mayweather has, he’s not a great fighter and will not go down in boxing history as one of the greats. Most of the time Floyd always fought fighters after their prime, avoiding anyone who could actually beat him and running away (literally) from those who could.

    If Floyd had actually fought Manny instead of running away all night, then I think Manny would have won without a doubt…

    It’s disgusting that this is considered a win for MayFlower (er, Mayweather)!

    • This is the worst boxing bout in history. Nagsayaw lang at yumapos si mayweather kay Manny siya pa ang nanalo. This is the greatest scam in boxing history. Naisahan ang buong mundo ni mayweather at saka american judges sa ginawa nila nakakatulog pa kaya sila.

  8. Migs Doromal on

    Should’ve have been billed as BORING FIGHT OF THE CENTURY!

    Fans worldwide have been duped. Clear as daylight the fight was rigged to dupe the fans once more for a possible rematch and more $$$ to come.

    There ought to be stats too for dancing or running around and clinching or hugging.
    Most boring fight ever. The fans deserved better.

    As for the accuracy and veracity of Compubox stats, just watch the Maidana VS Mayweather first match even a 6 year old can count better.