Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Floyd unanimously declared winner
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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Floyd unanimously declared winner
Current undefeated boxing champion with a five-division world championship, 10 world titles and linear championships in four different weight classes, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., locked horns with Filipino world champion professional boxer and multi-sport player, Manny Pacquiao, in the world’s most anticipated boxing event staged in years on 2nd May, 2015. With Mayweather’s WBC and WBA Super world welterweight titles, and Pacquiao’s WBO world welterweight title at stake, the two fought each other at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather has a mind-blowing record of 47-0 and 26 knockouts, while Manny Pacquiao’s stats include 57-5-2 and 38 Kos. In a 12 round match that pumped the adrenaline, the two gave each other tough competition. However, by a unanimous decision, Floyd was declared the winner in the match. This changed his professional record to 48-0 and unified the world welterweight titles.
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Moments before the match began, many of the seats were still empty, even when the final undercard bout was in the books. This was a surprise, because these people had paid thousands to acquire their tickets and yet, they were slow to arrive. In fact, the atmosphere was quite subdued at that time, as well, at least for a match of such great magnitude. A huge crowd broke out of the crowd when Pacquiao’s image appeared on the big screen. There were also some issues that the customers who had ordered pay-per-view broadcast were facing, and it was suspected by HBO vice president Mark Taffet when he talked to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, that the beginning of the fight would probably be delayed by about 45 minutes.
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According to the final odds as declared by the ringside announcers, Mayweather was -240. This means that a bettor would have to wager an amount of $240 on the victory of Mayweather, in order to gain a profit of $240. Ray Stallone, the spokesman of HBO reported from the arena that “there are no technical problems here.” Reportedly, the cable systems had been overwhelmed by the huge demand to view the match, and they were busy trying to give an opportunity to the people to order the viewing even in te very last minute. The proceedings of the event resumed momentarily, as Pacquiao and his entourage were seem entering the arena, shortly followed by Mayweather. As Michael Buffers made the introductions, Mayweather was received with some jeering, moments before the opening bell rang to mark the start of the fight for which the audience had been waiting with bated breath.
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As the 1st round began, Mayweather was observed to be more active than he usually is in the early going. Soon, he started landing, and his blows scored him points, including a straight right. At the end of the first round, Floyd was in a clear advantage. However, Pacquiao came around in the second round, and was quite strong. He succeeded in moving Mayweather into the corner and landed some scoring blows. Unfortunately, Floyd was unable to connect with the right, unlike how he had managed to do in the previous round. At the end of the round, Manny reached an advantageous position. Round 3 was once again a change, as Mayweather took all the action to the centre of the ring, and attacked the body, landing rights up to. Pacquiao kept swinging wildly and missing, and the round ended with Floyd in advantage. In round 4, Manny, with a high rate and several landings, gained confidence. Even though Floyd was not fazed, Manny managed to land counterpunches and received some cheers. He won the advantage in this round. However, Floyd replied with counterpunches and Manny was seen laying back. Though Floyd was unable to land combinations, he was more active, and succeeded in winning the advantage in round 5.
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Manny came back with volume combinations to connect mainly to the body, but glanced off Floyd’s gloves up top. Though his landing percentage was low, Floyd didn’t land at all, and Manny was in the advantage in round 6. Almost as a pattern, Floyd won the advantage in round 7, as he took control, and kept the action in the centre of the ring, setting up Manny with the jab. Though Manny landed with a straight left, Floyd connected with more frequency. Even though Manny was more active in round 8, Floyd had more accuracy, and scored straight rights. Manny took Floyd’s bait to move forward, and received several counters. Floyd started breaking the pattern of winning every alternative round, and was in advantage in this round. Even though Manny drew some cheers from the partisan crowd with quite a flurry at the end of round 9, Floyd won an advantage three consecutive times, owing to the lands earlier in the round, and his greater frequency that had kept the fight in the centre of the round.
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In the next three rounds, too, Floyd continued a similar strategy. He maintained accuracy and frequency, and kept the fight in the centre. Although Manny was active, Floyd was able to duck and escape, and received nothing more than just glancing blows. He was also able to counter well. He was in a clear advantage in all the last rounds, and finished the final round, i.e. round 12, owning the centre and not allowing Manny to move. His skill and experience were apparent, and He was good with attack, as well as in defense. Floyd was oozing with confidence as the bell rang, and he was already seen doing the victory dance. Two judges gave him a score of 116-112 and 118-110. According to Compubox, Floyd landed 67 more punches, and Manny had been able to land double-figure punches in only 3 rounds. Even at the age of 38, Floyd displayed his prowess in defense, ring generalship and accuracy, and he was declared the winner.
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At the end of the match, true sportsman spirit was displayed by both Floyd and Manny, as they were seen exchanging hugs and affectionate congratulations, despite the banter that went on between the two before the match. Floyed said, “[Pacquiao] definitely had his moments in the fight. As long as I moved on the outside, I was able to stay away from those. He’s a really smart fighter. Only when he stayed in the pocket was he able to do what he needed to do.” As for Manny, who fell to 57-6-2, he said, “I thought I won the fight. He’s moving around. It’s not easy to throw punches when he’s moving around so much.” He also added, “It’s not about size. Size doesn’t matter. I fought bigger. I thought I caught him many more times than he caught me.”
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