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Floyd Mayweather isn't popular - but he is the best

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Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao this weekend to stretch his undefeated career and now is only one win away from equalling Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record.

The fight of the century appeared to be more one sided than expected for boxing fans and as 'Money' claimed a unanimous decision over Pacman - not only did he secure himself as pound for pound number one but also as the best fighter of his era.

Controversy

A lot of fans could be heard inside the MGM Grand Arena clearly booing and jeering after the outcome of the fight and social media has had a tirade of fans posting their frustrations that the long awaited dream fight provided little spark and entertainment. Why? The truth is Mayweather was just too quick and too smart for Manny.

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With all the build-up and talking points fans discussed in debating a winner, round by round Floyd was able to dictate the fight and showed those betting against him were wasting their time.

A lot of critics have judged the Vegas resident for 'holding and running' but when both men stood toe-to-toe it was Floyd who got the cleaner punches off, most of Manny's attacks were hitting Mayweather on the arms or missing as Floyd's defence was too good and couldn't be broken.

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At times the 38-year-old even dropped his hands in front of Pacquiao but the former WBO champ couldn't take advantage as his advances and combinations couldn't catch the five-weight world champion; 'Money's' footwork and upper body movement was exceptional and showed us why he is 48-0 and has remained relatively unmarked his whole career.

Blueprint

There is no blueprint yet and with one fight remaining on his Showtime Television contract it's hard to imagine the last fight of Floyd Mayweather will be anything other than a victory. The opponent for his scheduled September fight will be an elite fighter as always but with the news that Floyd may relinquish all his belts its possible there may not be any titles on the line. That is unless Floyd makes the rumoured decision to move up to middleweight and challenge for the WBC title currently held my Miguel Cotto. This then would allow him to finish his career as a six-weight world champion.

The future of Mayweather remains bright, his undefeated record still in tact with one fight left in the career. There may always be the temptation to fight after September (if he were to be victorious) to break Marciano's record and go 50-0 but with limited pay-per-view opposition its possible he will call it a day this year. As for Manny Pacquiao he will always be known as the people's champion and there is no doubt that (if he continues to fight) he will become world champion again, he just found himself in the ring with the boxing master Saturday night, a puzzle that can't be solved.

It appears Mayweather unfortunately is a fighter who fans love to hate, the respect and admiration will possibly only come his way when he retires and the boxing public realise just how good a boxer he was.

Punches

The WBC, WBA Super and WBO welterweight champion has expressed the wear and tear on his hands forcing him to pick his punches and adapt so no further injuries occur. This has been the main reason why the last knock-out Floyd scored was back in 2011.

On Saturday night the pound-for-pound number one also appeared to receive backlash from his own corner as Mayweather Sr was seen in between rounds clearly upset with his son. Come fight night there was also the threat of the opposite corner and a trainer in Freddie Roach who claimed to have the tactics to beat Floyd (having come close with De La Hoya in the past) but his game plan never came close to troubling the American.

All these factors will not get talked about between critics who instead will blast Floyd as a 'boring fighter who runs and holds'. Whatever your opinions are though you have to respect the fact the former Olympian has come through (so far) a 19-year professional career undefeated and unmarked. It is rarely heard of that a fighter comes out of the sport of boxing on his own terms but Floyd Mayweather can because he is simply that good.                     

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Floyd Mayweather
Welterweight
Manny Pacquiao
Boxing

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