Six years in the making, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally stepped into the ring in Las Vegas on Saturday night (May 2) for what was touted as “The Fight of the Century.”
In the end, Mayweather walked away the victor, outboxing the Filipino boxing star to cruise to a unanimous decision and remain undefeated, in front of a sold-out crowd of 16,507 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 118-110, and judges Glenn Feldman and Bert Clements both had it 116-112 for Floyd, who improved to 48-0.
It was a chess match, rather than the action-packed fight most hoped for. Floyd ducked, dodged and slipped Manny’s punches, never allowing him to land anything truly tide-turning the entire fight. Pac-Man managed to land some flurries early on, but as the fight continued, he fought Mayweather’s fight… and fell behind on the score cards.
Although Mayweather screamed “I know I won” immediately after the 12th round bell, he was gracious in the post-fight interview. “He’s a hell of a fighter. I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao,” he said. “Now I see why he’s one of the guys at the pinnacle.
“He is a true champion at heart, and we both did our best tonight. When the books are written, it will be a great fight,” Floyd continued.
Great fight? Maybe not, but it will go down in history as the richest. It generated a live gate of approximately $74 million, and the pay-per-view television audience is expected to shatter the pay-per-view buy record (2.48 million) and pay-per-view revenue record ($150 million) set by previous Mayweather fights. In all, organizers expect the fight to generate around $400 million
Mayweather is expected to pocket an estimated $180 million, with Pacquiao taking in $120 million.
“It’s a good fight. I thought I won the fight,” Pacquiao said, post-fight. “He didn’t do anything. He moved outside. I got him many more times with a lot of punches, and I thought I won the fight; I was never hurt. I was very surprised at the scores.”