“If you can’t catch it, you can’t hit it.”
That post-fight observation from former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis symbolized Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s convincing unanimous decision 12-round win over Filipino challenger Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas.
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The judges scored the bout 116-112, 116-112, 118-110 for Mayweather. He unified the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles in the process.
Mayweather controlled most of the fight from the beginning, keeping the fight in the centre of the ring and using his left jab and straight right hands to neutralize the anticipated aggression of Pacquiao to get inside.
Not everyone was thrilled with action of the fight.
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Pacquiao cornered Mayweather occasionally and landed some power punches, but unable to work the body enough to slow Mayweather down.
Mayweather was up five rounds to one on most scorecards midway through the fight. Pacquiao’s combination of decreased activity and an 18% connection percentage proved to benefit Mayweather.
Pacquiao oddly said he thought he won the fight in his post-fight comments with Jim Gray.
Mayweather improves to 49-0-0 with 26 KOs, tying heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano. he said his next and last fight will be in September.