Boxing great Muhammad Ali wants to see undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and eighti-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao slug it out in the future a match considered as the fight of the century.
The 72-year-old Ali expressed his desire through his Twitter account (@MuhammadAli) saying: “Congratulations @FloydMayweather. Maybe after you rest up we can see you rumble with @MannyPacquiao #AliTweet.”
Ali’s tweet came after Mayweather won via majority decision over Marcos Maidana of Argentina on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at The MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Mayweather beats Maidana to unify welterweight belts
Mayweather remained with a perfect record of 46-0 in a welterweight world title unification bout.
The 27-year-old American Mayweather retained his World Boxing Council world title and took Maidana’s World Boxing Association belt, winning the fight on two of the three judges’ scorecards with the third scoring it a draw.
“It was a tough competitive fight tonight,” Mayweather said. “I stayed in there. I wanted to stand and fight.”
Mayweather, who was an 11-1 favourite heading into the fight, received scores of 117-111 and 116-112. The third judge scored it 114-114.Mayweather did not get the decisive victory that so many had predicted as the more aggressive Maidana gave him all he could handle.Argentina’s hard-punching Maidana, who was making the first defence of his title, suffered the fourth loss of his career to go with 35 victories.
Maidana was upset with the way the fight was scored, saying he was “robbed” of the decision.
“I definitely think I won,” Maidana said. “He didn’t fight like a man.
“He did dominate some rounds, but I dominated more of them.”
Most of Mayweather’s recent fights have been boring tactical affairs, but Maidana’s relentless pursuit of the unbeaten champion and willingness to go toe-to-toe made for an exciting bout.
Many in the crowd also thought Maidana had done enough to win the fight and his supporters in the arena booed the decision then tried to drown out Mayweather’s post-fight interview.
Mayweather made a grand entrance befitting his superstar status. He was accompanied into the ring by pop star Justin Bieber and rapper Lil Wayne.
Some of the other celebrities in attendance at Saturday’s fight at the Grand Garden arena inside the massive MGM Grand hotel-casino complex included rapper Drake, former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson, entertainer Snoop Dog, comedian George Lopez and basketball legend Magic Johnson.
The first few rounds were electric as Maidana stuck to his pre-fight promise to come out swinging. Mayweather seemed to be content to lean on the ropes and absorb the overhand rights that got the crowd excited but appeared to do little damage early on.