Floyd Mayweather is the undisputed welterweight champion of the world after a unanimous points decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday. Mayweather won the fight 116-112 on two score cards and a whopping 118-110 on a third. “Money” paid tribute to Pacquiao after the fight but also indicated that he is not planning on overtaking Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and will seek retirement after his next fight in September.
Mayweather says: ‘My last fight is in September and then it’s time for me to hang it (the gloves) up. I’ve got one more fight with Showtime and CBS.’ The 38-year old’s multi-million dollar six-fight contract with the American cable television network ends with his next bout and there is no indication of a rematch just yet. However “Money” paid tribute to the Filipino saying: ‘He’s a helluva fighter. I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao. He’s a tough competitor. He’s a true competitor and it was worth the wait. Now I see why he is one of the guys at the pinnacle of boxing.’
The American acknowledged Pacman’s prowess: ‘I knew he would win some rounds. I was a smart fighter. I wasn’t getting hit by a lot of shots. We did what we had to do tonight. I’m a calculated fighter.’ He’s a tough competitor. He’s a true competitor and it was worth the wait.’ For his part the 36-year old from the Philippines thought he had done enough. Pacquaio said: ‘It was a good fight. I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing (sic). He always moved outside. He was moving around and it’s not easy to throw a lot of punches when he is moving around.’
While Mayweather made it clear he only has one more fight left, Pacquiao was less clear on what will happen next: ‘I’m gonna take a vacation and God will take care of the rest.’