Mayweather is not a ‘great’ boxer, in the truest sense of the word; he is just clever. Many a man round my area are clever. If you want to talk about boxers, bring me names like Ali, Tyson, Hagler, Hearns, Frazier – men who went in the ring to ‘fight’ not to see who is the quickest to duck, slide or fox-trot around the ring.
For a fight that promised to be the greatest the boxing world has ever seen, the globally anticipated ‘MayPac’ clash proved nothing more than what most predicted. In other words, Floyd Mayweather Jr – a.k.a The Money Man – is still the undefeated pound-for-pound boxer of the world, having been unanimously crowned the victor over Emmanuel Pacquiao last night through points.
Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena has seen many superfights, and this fight was no exception with its $300 million showpiece. The ringside was star-studded with celebrities and power couples; like Jay-Z and Beyonce, P.Diddy and Cassie, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill, and surprisingly Lil’ Wayne and Christina Milian.
It was a bout of the century, as termed by many and one that kept millions across the globe awake at night, as Las Vegas is about 8 hours behind the UK for example. By the time the “Let’s get ready to rumble” announcement ignited the arena, it would have been 4am in Britain.
“It was more like a dance match if you ask me” a spectator said after the fight as the immediate post-fight reactions spread outside the arena.
Floyd Mayweather Jr is renowned for his speedy defence and countering. Although evidently rocked by a couple of solid left hooks and jabs in the opening rounds, Mayweather was too quick for Pacqiuao and outclassed the Filipino where blocking and dodging is concerned.
Pacquiao, particularly in the second and fourth round, was relaxed and aggressive; doing what he’s renowned for. Although throwing a succession of body shots and face jabs, Pacquiao was unable to get through Mayweather’s impermeable shield. From the fifth round onwards, Mayweather danced around the Filipino whilst landing counter jabs to the Pacman’s face and body.
As the crowd chanted “Manny Manny” in the ninth round, trying to spur Pacquiao on, Mayweather showed no signs of fatigue as he continued to neutralise the underdog – hardly getting into the fight. It was a no contest fight by the final round as Pacquiao seemed to have run out of ideas.
Before the announcement of the scores, Pacquiao showed gracefulness by approaching The Money Man in true sportsmanship; to which the crowd cheered and applauded. Unfortunately, not much could be said about the champion in regards to humility, as he went onto the ropes, chest-beating and hollering with pride at the crowd. This, as expected, earned him a rapturous roar of boos.
With a 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112, the judges found Mayweather the victor; making him reach a remarkable 48 wins with 0 losses.
“He [Pacquiao] had moments in the fight but I kept him on the outside. I out- boxed him. I’m a calculated fighter. He’s a tough competitor”, Mayweather said after the fight.
To the surprise of viewers, Pacquiao thought he won the fight. When asked why, the Filipino exclaimed, “He [Mayweather] didn’t do nothing; He just moved [around] outside”. Critics have said that although Mayweather is labelled the best fighter of our generation, there is an error in the description. They cite the 38-year old American is the “best dodger and defender in the ring, not a fighter”.
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