Floyd Mayweather moved to 48-0 in his defining night as the self-named ‘Best Ever’ move a step closer to Rocky Marciano’s retirement record with a unanimous victory over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
The 38 year-old used his superior ring smarts to outwit the oncoming Pacquiao and predictably counter his way to a points win that may now have negated the need for a lucrative rematch in the fall.
Mayweather surprisingly started the fight well and had Pacquiao thinking from the very first minute, reducing the Filipino to short bursts of punches that a lot of the time where hitting gloves or missing the pound for pound king altogether. Pacquiao, 36, enjoyed some success in the mid-rounds and looked to have shaken Mayweather up on a couple of occasions, but ultimately didn’t have the key to unlock Mayweather’s defensive strategy and ran out of ideas towards the end of the bout.
Upon completion of the bout, there was no controversy as Mayweather took a 118-110, 116-112 (twice) triumph on the scorecards – settling the argument of who is the best fighter of a generation by adding Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title to his WBC and WBA versions.
In the aftermath, neither fighter mentioned a return that could have netted them another huge paycheck, and it seems that both are willing to move on from the eagerly-anticipated clash that is sure to have broken all records as the biggest earner of all time.