Mayweather outpoints Pacquiao in wide decision
- Updated: May 2, 2015
Floyd Mayweather can now legitimately claim that he is the best fighter of this particular era, after he outpointed Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas to unify the welterweight championship.
Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) came out from the onset and looked to establish his straight right hand, which landed frequently throughout the fight. Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), who is generally quite active and willing to get into exchanges, was a bit subdued for the most part, though he had a few opportunities to score points. In the fourth round, Pacquiao landed a straight left hand that stunned Mayweather, who fell back to the ropes, but Mayweather quickly recovered and round after round, was able to outbox his rival.
Late in the fight, Pacquiao attempted to unleash a few combinations while Mayweather laid on the ropes, but Floyd was too elusive and his right hand counters kept Pacquiao at bay.
Easily taking the last few rounds, Mayweather dominated the remainder of the fight and took home the wide unanimous decision with scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112. 3MoreRounds had it 117-110 for Mayweather.
“He’s [Manny Pacquiao] is a hell of a fighter. I take my hat off to him. Now I see why he’s one of the guys that are at the pinnacle of the sport of boxing,” said Mayweather after the fight.
“I knew he was going to push it and win some rounds. He had some moments in the fight, but I kept him on the outside, I was a smart fighter. I wasn’t getting hit with a lot of shots until I sat in the pocket, that’s when he would land a lot of shots.”
Mayweather, who has one fight left on his CBS/Showtime contract, was at first noncommittal about fighting in September, but then stated that he would indeed fight one more time that month.
“I have one more fight. My last fight is in September and then it’s time for me to hang it up. I’m almost 40 years old now. I’ve been in the sport 19 years and have been a champion for 18 years, I’m truly truly blessed,” added Mayweather.
Pacquiao said he felt he won the fight and would take some time off before figuring out what he would do next.
“It was a good fight; I thought I won the fight,” said Pacquiao. “He was moving around too much, it wasn’t easy throwing punches at him. If he would’ve stayed in one place then I could’ve thrown punches.”