Mayweather Defeats Pacquiao



FLoyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates victory by uninimous decision against Manny Pacquaio during the WBC Welterweight Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Alan McGonigle, Sports Writer

Deemed the fight of the century, fans wanted to tune in to this legendary fight. It was Floyd  “Money” Mayweather (47-0-0) v. Manuel “PacMan” Pacquiao (57-5-2). The fight was at an ecstatic MGM Grand Arena filled with many who paid thousands of dollars to get the tickets.

For many the fight didn’t lived up to the expectations. Many fans favored Pacquiao going into the fight, but some fans were quite disappointed with Pacquiao’s performance. This may be due to Pacquiao having a serious shoulder injury that held him back from fighting in top form. Mayweather had controversial tactics that many called “cheap” including “clinching” which is used to prevent the other boxer from attacking. The two have also been the laughing stock of the internet due to them constantly hugging and getting close to each other.

Pacquiao came out as the aggressor in the fight, while Mayweather was more of a defensive boxer. Pacquiao threw more punches but missed a lot of them due to his opponent’s quick speed and agility. On the other hand, Mayweather threw a significantly fewer number of punches but he landed more on his opponent.

In the end, Mayweather came out with the victory by unanimous decision. Many did not like the decision, but the judges certainly got it right. Mayweather controlled the entire fight, except in early rounds Pacquiao had some hard combos on Mayweather, but after that, Mayweather cruised to a well-earned victory over his rival . Not only did the two show a great fight, but the earnings split between the two for the fight was more than $400 million.

There have been rumors of a rematch but soon after the fight Mayweather called Pacquiao a “sore loser” and a “coward” and said he lost respect for the Philippine fighter.