Nicknamed ‘Money’, the Las Vegas born Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been hailed as one of the greatest boxers of his era. The 38 year old orthodox remains unbeaten in 47 professional fights since 1996. His only defeat came in amateur boxing game he lost to Bulgarian Serafim Todorov in the semi-finals of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Manny Pacquiao left his home at the age of 14 to pursue a career in boxing. He has contested 65 fights, winning 57 of them with five defeats.
Yesterday night was the biggest night in the boxing. Mayweather pile up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while the third had it at 118-110. The associated press had Mayweather ahead 115-113. This was the richest fight in boxing history and a bout that made Mayweather at least $180 Million. There were no knockdowns, and neither fighter seemed terribly hurt at any time. Pacquiao landed probably the biggest punch in the fight in the fourth round, a left hand that sent Mayweather into the ropes.
The fight was a chess match, with Mayweather using his jab to keep Pacquiao away most of the fight. Pacquiao tried to force the action, but Mayweather was often out of his reach by the time he found his way inside. Ringside punches stats showed Mayweather landing 148 punches of 435, while Pacquiao landed 81 of 429. The volume punches for Pacquiao was lot lower than he usually throws in a fight.
Mayweather fought confidently in the late rounds, winning the last two rounds on all three scorecards. In the final seconds of the fight he raised his right hand in victory and after the bell rang stood on the ropes, pounding his heart with his gloves. The fight was expected to make Mayweather $180 Million and Pacquiao $120 Million, depending on Pay per view sales. The live gate alone was more than $70 Million and the bout was expected to easily smash the pay per view record of 2.48 Million buys sent in 2007 when Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya.