Mayweather edges Pacquiao
Milan Ordoñez on May 03, 2015 01:19 PM
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MANILA - Five years ago, everything was mere talks and failed negotiations. On May 2nd (May 3rd, Manila time), the ‘Fight of the Century’ finally came to fruition.
As the opening round rang in, Mayweather played the aggressor role with his jabs while Pacquiao was more careful with his combinations. The story of the fight was the straight power shots, with Manny’s left and Floyd’s right.
While Pacquiao was finding a home for his shots, Mayweather was able to neutralize them through his movement, using it has his main defensive tool.
Pacquiao was landing his trademark flurry throughout the first half of the fight, but Mayweather remained with his gameplan. As the final rounds rang in, Floyd showed more poise, while Manny showed more aggression.
The final judges’ tally had Mayweather win by a wide margin, giving him 118-110, 118-110, and 116-112.
During his post-fight interview, Mayweather showed unlikely soft-spokenness, amidst the boos of the Las Vegas crowd.
“He’s a hell of a fighter," Mayweather said of Pacquiao. "Now I see why he’s one of the guys who’s in the pinnacle of boxing.”
With the victory, Mayweather keeps his undefeated record of 48-0, and is now the lineal welterweight champion. Pacquiao, on the other hand, drops to a record of 57-6-2.
According to the Compubox statistics, Mayweather had the slight edge over Pacquiao in total punches thrown at 435 to 429. Mayweather though landed more punches at 148 compared to only 81 for Pacquiao.
The 38-year old Mayweather also landed more power punches (81 to 63) and jabs (67 to 18).
The American said in an interview after the bout that he plans to fight in September for a shot at matching Rocky Marciano's record of 49 wins and no defeats.
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