Floyd Mayweather finally answered all the questions, and cemented his place as the best pound for pound boxer in the world this weekend, by outclassing long-time rival Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
16,000 people were in attendance, most of them celebrities, to see the American finally put to bed the question that has followed him around for the best part of six years, and he answered it in style.
Mayweather did well in controlling the tempo of the fight, but on the occasions that he did hold his ground, Pacquiao was able to find success with his raiding tactics. Unfortunately for him these happened less often as the fight wore on.
You could sense that neither fighter wanted to be the one who made the first mistake, and Pacquiao was extremely cautious during the first round, allowing the American to take the centre of the ring and extend his long jab to control the distance.
Pacquiao came out with more intent in the second round, and used his pushy style to good effect., forcing Mayweather on to the back foot. It was clear that this was the approach that needed to be used in every round if he was too come away with a win.
Shift in momentum
However, as the rounds wore on these tactics were used less and less; Mayweather was using his right hand to keep Pacquiao at distance and frustrate the Filipino. As the fight entered the later rounds, the American began to take control.
The 11th round proved to be the clearest of the fight as Mayweather went on the attack and dominated the round before closing the fight out with a controlled 12th round. The judges had it a unanimous decision for the American, 118-110 and 116-112 twice. I myself scored it 115-113 for Mayweather.
There was no real doubting who had won the fight; even the body language while they waited made it clear. There was no confidence from the Pacquiao corner, while Mayweather was running round the ring as if he had already been told the scores.
Mayweather said after the fight; “Manny Pacquiao is a smarter fighter than I thought,” he said.
“I don’t want to rate myself. I felt I won. My dad was extremely hard on me and wanted me to do more. I thought in my heart and in my mind that I was winning, but my dad to throw more combinations. He was telling me, ‘Floyd you’ve got to pick it up.’ But I truly believed I won.”
While Pacquiao appeared to believe he had won the fight, I’m not sure who told him that but he certainly has not come across as gracious in defeat.
During the post fight press conference his camp, and promoter Bob Arum, brought up a supposed injury suffered during training camp and stated that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not allow him a pain killing injection; all of this does appear to be a case of downplaying a below par performance.
In his post fight interview Mayweather made it clear that he had one fight left and that fight would be in September. Fans are no starting to wonder who will get the call, personally I would like to see Amir Khan get his chance.
What ever happens next, it is certain that Floyd Mayweather has cemented his place in the hall of fame, and as an all time great of the sport. Let us know your thoughts on the bout in the comments box below.
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