Sunday, 3 May 2015

Mayweather beats Pacquiao in unanimous decision


Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, using his usual skill to remain unbeaten in the most anticipated fight in recent years.

Mayweather (48-0) won comfortably on all three judges’ scorecards in his long-awaited showdown with Pacquiao (57-6-2). Despite boos from a pro-Pacquiao crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather counterpunched and jabbed his way to another win.

Two judges favored Mayweather 116-112, while a third had it 118-110. The Associated Press scored it 115-113 for Mayweather.



Mayweather danced, ducked and peppered Pacquiao with enough punches to take the decision, while Pacquiao rushed forward and attempted to land combinations and big shots. Mayweather’s jab and straight right hand mostly kept Pacquiao at bay, except in a few sensational exchanges along the ropes.

The crowd booed the final decision and booed Mayweather, who said he will fight in September and then retire.

Pacquiao did not agree with the judges.

“I thought I caught him many more times than he caught me,” Pacquiao said. “I was never hurt. I was very surprised at the scores. I hit him more times than he hit me.”

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, didn’t seem as surprised after watching his game plan for penetrating Mayweather’s defense largely fail to unfold.

“Between rounds, I asked for more combinations from Manny,” Roach said. “I thought he fought flat-footed a little too much.”


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