Las Vegas - Floyd
Mayweather cemented his status as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the
world with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao as the "Fight of
the Century" failed to live up to the hype here Saturday.
boos rang out around the crowd of 17 000 in the MGM Grand after
Mayweather comfortably outboxed his Filipino rival to frustrate hopes of
a full-blooded slugfest.
The 38-year-old Mayweather (48-0, 26
KOs) retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles and seized Pacquiao's
WBO belt by winning the fight on all three of the judges' scorecards.
Mayweather received scores of 116-112 from two judges. The third judge scored it 118-110.
when the results were announced the pro-Pacquiao crowd booed lustily
and tried to drown out Mayweather's post-fight comments over the public
Filipino star Pacquiao suffered the sixth loss of his career to go with 57 victories and two draws.
The fight is widely believed to be the most lucrative in boxing history with revenues of $400 million.
was the aggressor, pressing action from the first round and was able to
land some big lefts on Mayweather's chin, especially in the final
seconds of the early rounds.
But ultimately Pacquiao wasn't able
to keep up his frenzied early pace for all 12 rounds and Mayweather, who
was the bigger of the two fighters, managed to slip in counterpunches
and hard right hands that stopped the Filipino in his tracks.
reiterated after Saturday's super fight that he would retire after his
next fight in September which will fulfil his six-fight contract to
"My last fight is in September. I'll do that and I will hang it up," said Mayweather, estimated to have earned $200 million.
Pacquiao meanwhile insisted he thought he had won.
"I thought I won the fight. He didn't do nothing," he said.
entrance of the fighters to the ring was delayed about 45 minutes
because of problems with the heavy demand for pay-per-view telecast and
the providers ability to distribute it.
Some of the biggest names
in Hollywood, entertainment and sports were in attendance, including
director Clint Eastwood, actors Robert De Niro, Jon Voight, Denzel
Washington, Bradley Cooper, musician Sting, former NBA star Magic
Johnson, actress Claire Danes and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who
visited Pacquiao in his dressing room before the fight.
lucky few had tickets to the super fight but thousands more milled
around the outside of the Grand Garden arena and in the hotel's casino.
the fight started, the downstairs lobby of the Grand Garden was crowded
with people standing about, taking pictures and hoping to catch a
glimpse of a celebrity coming in or out of one of the VIP rooms.
made a grand entrance befitting of his superstar status. He was
accompanied by his "The Money Team" which includes his father/trainer
Floyd Mayweather Sr.
But Pacquiao arrived first to the ring,
smiling relentlessly and even taking a selfie with long-time trainer
Freddie Roach during his entrance.