The fight of the century in boxing went in favor of US legend Floyd Mayweather Jr., on American soil giving it a shady touch as to why the judges favored hero back home than one from the Philippines.
It was announced after a gruelling 12-round bout in the ring filled with punches and blows emanating from Manny and Floyd. It was declared by the judges that Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao taking his record to 48-0 forcing Filipino hero settle at Manny Pacquiao to 57-6 in his career.
With this Manny Pacquiao has to forfeit the World Boxing Organization title to Mayweather’s World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council crown.
But not budging under pressure despite majority support to Mayweather, Pacquiao said, “I thought I won the fight,” he said. “He didn’t do nothing.”
While judges based on the Mayweather’s skillful thwart of Pacquiao’s offensive punches, he did unleash some crucial blows to make his opponent bow down many times during the 12 rounds of the clash that was billed as “Fight of the Century.”
Ringside judge Dave Moretti gave a scored of 118-110 for Mayweather, while judges Glenn Feldman and Bert Clements gave it 116-112 for him. Though he emerged winner, Pacquiao did not accept the verdict and maintained that he was the real winner.
Otherwise, both boxers weighed in below the welterweight limit and underwent doping test before entering the ring at MGM Grand Arena on Friday amidst 11,500 fans, with millions watching it live on TV across the world.
Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) stepped on the scales first weighing 145 pounds, two below the limit, while Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) followed and weighed in at 146 pounds, one below the limit.
Sections of the crowd roared and booed for both fighters, but there is a vivid support for the underdog Pacquiao, while Mayweather was booed repeatedly when his image appeared on the arena scoreboards.
Entry to the weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday was $10 dollars although tickets were changing hands on the resale market for $800 dollars.
The fight has generated an estimated 400 million dollars and the pair fought for the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles.
As announced earlier by Mayweather when he said,”I don’t take anything away from Manny Pacquiao, he’s a solid fighter and it will be an intriguing match-up. But after Saturday, I’ll still be ‘TBE’ (The Best Ever),” he proved it and took home the titles and fame.
But Pacquiao, who has 57 wins and five defeats from 64 pro fights, is not willing to accept the verdict and claimed that he was having an upper hand throughout the 12 rounds.