Floyd Mayweather's dominance was displayed for all to see on Saturday in what was a defensive masterclass. It was boxing at its finest, just not the entertaining kind.
Fans across the world tuned in thanks to their extortionate pay-per-view subscriptions hoping against hope that Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would engage in a tussle for the ages. What we witnessed though was Floyd's dominance over his arch-nemesis over the years.
Boxing fans around the globe had been waiting up to six years for this fight. Many hoped the fight was going to be the greatest of all-time. A fight that could match some of the best fights in history such as Muhammad Ali's battles against Sonny Liston.
Not the best fight ever
However, the world was not treated to such a match packed with uncertainty, excitement and expert attacking prowess. Manny Pacquiao was just not strong enough over the course of the twelve rounds to make the fight close. Mayweather made it 48-0 while Pacquiao lost the sixth bout of his career.
Pacquiao was noticeably off the pace from the beginning of the match. Mayweather was just too quick and even when Pacquiao started to make things interesting through the early rounds with a flurry of punches, Floyd made things boring and predictable by tying Pacquiao up, something which frustrated both Pacquiao and the fans in the arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao had his moments
Pacquiao managed to catch Mayweather in the fourth round with a neat left hand, but from there Mayweather covered up and survived any further onslaught, with the American smiling at one point to suggest that he was momentarily hurt.
However, as the rounds ticked by so did Pacquiao's chances. Every bit of expert defense from Mayweather was then followed up by an energy sapping left or right hand. Pacquiao showed a brief reprieve in the sixth as he again rocked Mayweather, but from that point on the pound-for-pound king was just too evasive.
Mayweather just too evasive and quick
Mayweather brought out all of his tricks to make Pacquiao miss in the later rounds, while he also jabbed Pacquiao to death to make the unanimous decision result a forgone conclusion before the scores were even announced.
Post-fight, Mayweather claimed he was now the best ever after claiming the exact same thing for the past several years, while Pacquiao and his camp threw a curveball and blamed the defeat on a shoulder injury he sustained two weeks ago.
Floyd is the king
In the end, the fight confirms Floyd Mayweather as the pound-for-pound king of boxing, but the fight has not done anything for the long-term health of boxing. Both fighters will be even more wealthy as a result of the riches produced from the most lucrative fight ever, but it is doubtful that much of that wealth will get reinvested into the sport.
Despite the result and the patronizing comments from HBO's Max Kellerman, many fans will still feel Manny is their true champion at heart.
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