Five years after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao were officially anointed boxing’s pound-for-pound kings, the two men finally squared off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for what was dubbed by some as The Fight Of Century.
When it was all said and done, the favorite heading into the bout, Mayweather, secured victory by way of unanimous decision. The judges had it 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 for Mayweather.
The fight couldn’t and didn’t live up to the hype, but it did ultimately play out the way most figured it would regardless of whether it happened five years ago, three years ago, tonight or a year from now.
Pacquiao came out looking calm and happy to be there, a demeanor that stood in stark contrast to Mayweather’s more serious attitude. However, when the match finally began, the smile on Pacquiao’s face disappeared and it became very clear to everyone watching that this wasn’t the battle of equals some expected it to be.
Mayweather was quicker than his opponent from the getgo, and Pacquiao couldn’t figure out a way to deal with his right hand. Granted, Pacquiao did find some success in third and fourth rounds when he stepped up the pressure – but Mayweather never looked like he was in any real trouble.
In the end, this won’t go down as a standout match in either man’s career. It came far too late to truly benefit Mayweather’s legacy or put a dent in Pacquiao’s, but it’s nice that after all these years, fans finally got a bit of closure regarding the biggest boxing debate of the last five years.
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