Having been hyped up so extensively, the highest grossing fight of all-time lacked the explosive promise it threatened as the Moneyman Mayweather cruised to a unanimous win.
The eyes of the world were on Las Vegas last night as the world’s two most high profile fighters faced off, in an encounter so eagerly awaited for by boxing fans all over the globe. Following some horrendously performed national anthems, a majority pro-Pacquiao crowd greeted Mayweather into the ring to a chorus of boos. However nothing was ever going to rustle the great fighter, who oozed confidence as he strolled in.
The talk pre-fight had been that Pacquiao would most likely win the early rounds, before Mayweather would wear him down as the fight grew on. Although the many who made such a prediction were very much wrong. From the off the American asserted his control on the fight, stripping the Pac Man of all his powers. Being so well prevented from enjoying the start he would have wished for, was a blow he did not recover from.
Some wondered if Pacquiao had been preserving his energy early on, as some kind of game plan. However this was just wishful thinking. Mayweather became stronger and Pacquiao considerably weaker, as the action unravelled. Despite a brief fightback of sorts in the middle rounds, the Philipino was simply blown away in the latter stages.
He just couldn’t land a punch on the unbeaten champ. Mayweather’s defensive tactics ruined the fight as a spectacle but worked perfectly to achieve the outcome he had hoped for. Pacquiao seemingly had no plan B, being dominated and controlled for the majority of the 36 minutes of action. Late on Mayweather began to pick off his opponent, with a number of well executed jabs.
At the conclusion of the 12th rounds, both men raised their arms victoriously, but deep down only one must have genuinely thought they had won. The judges scorecards provided no inconceivable revival for Pacquiao, who has since blamed a shoulder for his poor showing. He had also earlier claimed that he thought he had won the fight. I fear he may have taken one too many bangs to the head to make such a claim…
There was only one winner and there is only one Floyd Mayweather Jnr. You don’t have to like him but you simply can’t fail to respect his outstanding boxing ability. Having racked up a 48th consecutive professional win, it was revealed he plans to take one more fight, before hanging up his gloves. Could a certain Amir Khan be the man for such an occasion? The general public will certainly hope so. As for Pacquiao, world champion Kell Brook, could be a possible next opponent after such a set back. He will tell you that he wants a rematch though, so only time will tell if we see this match up for a second time in the not to distant future.