Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday to become the unified welterweight champion. Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 118-110 and judges Burt Clements and Glenn Feldman both had it 116-112 in Mayweather’s favour. Pacquiao had his moments in the fight, even rocking Mayweather with hard left hands on a couple of occasions but he just wasn’t able to cut the distance or force the American to work above his usual work rate.
All fight long “Pacman” came forward at the same predictable direction and “Money” proceeded to control the pace and tempo of the fight with his jab and sneaky right hand. Mayweather executed his game plan to perfection using his jab and footwork to keep the fight in the centre of the ring and comfortably keep Pacquiao on the outside nullifying his offence. With the win Mayweather defends his pound-for-pound crown and unifies the Ring, WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight championships in the most anticipated showdown in boxing history.
His record now stands at an impeccable 48-0 with 26 knockouts and puts a decisive stamp on his legacy while silencing the naysayers with this unanimous decision. The Filipino (57-6-2, 38 KO) felt hard done by at the result even claiming he thought he won the fight but despite this defeat remains one of the true greats of boxing and his fans may well be praying for a rematch.