Mayweather pulls off unanimous decision win over Pacquiao
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In a match that did not see any knockdowns (as expected) and both fighters barely coming out with any serious injuries, Mayweather used his accuracy and defensive prowess to frustrate the fighting Filipino pride of the Philippines.
As expected, Pacquiao used his aggressiveness to the max but Mayweather played it safe and kept himself up to par in the final three rounds. The win allowed Mayweather to cement his legacy as the best of his generation.
It was a game of cat and mouse, Pacquiao finding himself chasing Mayweather throughout the match. This made it hard for Pacquiao to connect with his usual flurry of punches, presumably part of Mayweather’s defensive tactic to frustrate the Filipino boxer and lawmaker.
Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while the third had it 118-110.
Curiously, Pacquiao threw lesser punches than he normally does while Mayweather was credited of throwing more.
Pacquiao however landed the biggest punch in the fight in the fourth round — a left hand that sent Mayweather into the ropes — but wasn’t able to consistently land against Mayweather.
Mayweather later on announced that he would be fighting again in September with a yet-to-be-named opponent. He adds that the September fight coudl very well be his last one before finally retiring from boxing.
“I’m almost 40 years old now. I’ve been in the sport 19 years and have been a champion for 18 years. I’m truly blessed.”
For Pacquiao, it also remains a mystery for now on whether he would continue fighting. Trainer Freddie Roach made it know prior to the Pacquiao-Mayweather match that he would personally ask Manny to retire so that he can focus on his political plans. Pacquiao is rumored to have plans of running the Philippine’s presidency in 2016.
Amir Khan could be a potential opponent, someone that Pacquiao’s camp had talked to before Mayweather finally agreed to face off Pacquiao.
Khan for the meantime will have to deal with Chris Algieri later this month, May 29, 2016 before planning for a match with Pacquiao, or even Mayweather comes into play.
Social Media Rants:
Celebrities and fans did not hide their support nor displeasure on the Mayweather-Pacquiao tiff, most of which were made through social media. We close this article with those tweets.
Mayweather did nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Georgina Wilson (@ilovegeorgina) May 3, 2015
Big let down in vegas. Was that a boxing match or Dancing With The Stars? ;^
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) May 3, 2015
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) May 3, 2015
— Angel Locsin (@143redangel) May 3, 2015
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) May 3, 2015
To all the @MannyPacquiao fans, don't feel 2 bad, he gave a good fight. He won before he got in the ring. He made like 80 mil!?