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Boxing: Floyd Mayweather Defeats Manny Pacquiao by Unanimous Decision

Diego Morilla

Diego Morilla is a boxing writer since 1992. His work has been extensively featured in some of the most prestigious boxing media outlets in Latin America and the U.S., including ESPN.com, The Ring, Latino Boxing, MaxBoxing.com, Lo Mejor del Boxeo, PSN.com, HBO Sports and newspapers such as El Mundo, Primera Hora and El Vocero, among others.

In another masterful, tactical performance in which his hand speed and mobility were once again the key, Floyd Mayweather stayed unbeaten and unified the welterweight championship of the world with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what became the richest fight in history, disputed in front of a crowd of 16,507 attendees.

Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO) was his usual brilliant self in a fight in which the usually feisty Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO) was barely able to bridge the gap created by Mayweather and his uncanny ability to control the spaces in the ring. Rounds 4 and 6 went unanimously to Pacquiao in almost every scorecard, while a few discrepancies were visible in rounds 8 through 10 in several independent scores.

In the end, judge Dave Moretti scored it 118-110, while Glenn Feldman and Burt Clements saw it 116-112. XN Sports scored it 118-110 for Mayweather, who landed 148 of the 435 punches he threw, almost twice more than the 81 of 429 connected by Pacquiao.

“I’m a calculated fighter. He’s a tough competitor,” said Mayweather, amidst a rain of mostly unearned boos from the crowd, with the marks of the battle barely visible on his face.

“I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing,” said a borderline delusional Pacquiao after the bout, while a report published later indicated that he had suffered a shoulder injury prior to the bout.

The win was also lackluster enough to keep the thought of an eventual rematch limited to Pacquiao’s hardcore fan base, delusional non-boxing characters, and maybe Skip Bayless. And thus, the search for The Man Who Can Connect Two Punches In a Row vs Mayweather is still on.

And unless we start expanding the search to nearby planets or other species of predatory mammals, the search may never end.