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Manny Pacquiao would have his moments throughout 12 rounds. It was always going to happen, such is the quality of a man rightly regarded as one of the elite pound-for-pound fighters of his generation.
But when the curtain was drawn on his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr, that’s all they were – fleeting patches of intoxicating clarity when it seemed the undefeated champion may finally have met his match.
He hadn’t. And he won’t. Like he had done in all of his previous 47 undefeated appearances in a professional boxing ring, Mayweather’s purity as a boxer, unmatched smarts and underrated toughness would steer him to a victory that now ensures he can finish his career saying he didn’t duck a single opponent of worth.
The scorecards had Mayweather winning a unanimous decision (118-110, 116-112, 116-112) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and he was rightly proclaimed the winner of a bout that was notable for its quality, if not its ferocity. Given the styles of the fighters engaged, this was never going to be madness of the Hagler-Hearns variety.
And for all of Mayweather’s pre-fight chatter of being the greatest of all time, Pacquiao would take over the role of the delusional combatant, telling interviewers after the fight that he swore he had triumphed.
“It’s a good fight. I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing. He just moved outside,” Pacquiao said. “I got him many times. I thought I won the fight. He was moving around. It’s not easy to throw a lot of punches.”
Pacquiao is easy to love but nobody that knows anything about the sweet science could agree. There were times in the middle rounds when he rattled Floyd to the extent that Mayweather’s corner was wondering what the hell was wrong with their usually unflappable champ.
But as always seems to be the case against Mayweather, Pacquiao couldn’t find that delicate balance between outright aggression, timed shots and retaining energy for the later rounds, all of which belonged to Mayweather, who began to dominate once he rebalanced and refocused his energies.
Like heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Mayweather can be criticised for being a ‘boring’ boxer. But his counter-punching against Pacquiao was a complete masterclass that had the Filipino hero frustrated and fruitlessly chasing shadows, never making enough count to turn the tide.
He would back Mayweather into the corner and prepare to fire off his signature shots… a straight left, the killer uppercut. But before he knew it, Mayweather had ducked, weaved, clocked him with a right on the counter and retreated to the sanctuary of centre ring, where he could control proceedings once more.
“He’s a hell of a fighter. I take my hat off. Now I see why he’s one of the guys at the pinnacle. I knew he was going to win some rounds but I kept him on the outside. We do what we had to do tonight,” Mayweather said.
“I’m a calculated fighter. He’s a tough competitor. My dad wanted me to do more but he’s an awkward fighter.”
Calculated is the word. Stats showed Mayweather would land 34 per cent of his punches, Pacquiao just 19 per cent. Less becomes more on the scorecards – that’s how Mayweather does his business.
With a record of domestic abuse, Mayweather remains a difficult person to like outside of the ring. He was greeted in his home country by a chorus of boos before the fight, after the right and even during interviews. Trying to reconcile the flawed character of the man with the greatness of the athlete remains difficult.
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it was fixed and rigged. Pacquiao actually won that. they knew if this non-reading illiterate would have lost – it would've been hell to pay, and not to freakin mention – a HELLAVA lot of money lost. so please. next. Pacman the winner in my eyes.
yeah, this woman-beater is still a loser because he beats women. which is why his son hates him to this very day…and that's a good thing that his son can't stand his woman-beating guts. and i agree…this fight was rigged and fixed. unanimous decision my ass…damn lie.
PAC LOST BADLY WHINERS!Did u even see the match?
Welp, I guess Denze runs shit cuz he had a row seat Haaa haaa! Will where you at? Donald Trump in the third row, Beyonce in second. Daaaaaaamn Denzel baby, what's in your wallet?
Denzel was there. Starting to think Jacky isnt giving the news anymore. More like false news.
Who is writing these stories because CLEARLY it's not Jacky Jasper! Where is Jacky? Does Jacky have a TEAM of writers now (which i can completely understand , if that's the case) but otherwise these imitators have completely different writing styles! Should we file a missing persons report or what? This is bizarre!
There is a byline at the end of the article.
I be damn I would have paid $100 to see a damn fight that was fixed and rigged. I wana see a fight where somebody got their ass knocked the f*ck out! Better yet, let's have a real fight. Let's stand together and save the black men getting killed over some bullshit that they never did nothing to get killed over. Let's fight for the rest of our damn rights in this world. Let's fight for leadership and global unity instead of bringing the next person down. Let's fight for survival and not sell your dreams, yourselves, and each other so damn short! Let's fight for that!
Somebody nonBlack wrote this article…..you can definitely tell its not Jacky. If you read info on Mayweather, its reported that he never studies an opponent before a fight……he gets to know his opponent during the fight, hence, allowing Manny to pound away in the beginning….once Mayweather knows his opponent’s fighting style, he then starts pounding away. Manny LOST.
Mayweather should fight Amir Khan next. My question is will white people allow Mayweather to tie Rocky Marciano’s record?
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