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LAS VEGAS---The pressure of a
$180 million payday never got to
Floyd Mayweather Jr, even if the
richest fight ever wasn t the best.
Using his reach and his jab Sat-
urday night, Mayweather frustrated
Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough
points to win a unanimous decision
in their welterweight title bout. May-
weather remained unbeaten in 48
fights, cementing his legacy as the
best of his generation.
After the fight, it was disclosed
that Pacquiao injured his right shoul-
der in training and that Nevada box-
ing commissioners denied his request
to take an anti-inflammatory shot
in his dressing room before the fight.
Pacquiao chased Mayweather
around the ring most of the fight.
But he was never able to land a sus-
tained volume of punches, as May-
weather worked his defensive wiz-
Two ringside judges scored the
fight 116-112, while the third had it
118-110 The Associated Press had
quiao didn t throw his right hand
often. Promoter Bob Arum said Pac-
quiao injured his shoulder sometime
after March 11.
"The ruling made tonight affected
the outcome of the fight," Arum said.
Nevada Athletic Commission
chairman Francisco Aguilar said Pac-
quiao s camp wanted shots that
included lidocaine, a drug that
numbs the affected area. But he said
Pacquiao s representatives didn t
check the injury box after the weigh-
in Friday, and the commission had
no way of knowing how serious the
injury was or what it could be treated
"I have no proof an injury actually
exists and I can t make a ruling based
on what they re telling me," Aguilar
Still, Pacquiao thought he had
won the bout, largely on the basis
of a few left hands that seemed to
"I thought I won the fight. He
didn t do nothing except move out-
land against the elusive champion.
The fight was a chess match, with
Mayweather using his jab to keep
Pacquiao away most of the fight.
Pacquiao tried to force the action,
but Mayweather was often out of
his reach by the time he found his
"He s a very awkward fighter, so
I had to take my time and watch
him close," Mayweather said.
Mayweather fought confidently
in the late rounds, winning the last
two rounds on all three scorecards.
In the final seconds of the fight he
raised his right hand in victory and
after the bell rang stood on the ropes,
pounding his heart with his gloves.
"You re tough," he said to Pac-
quiao, hugging him in the ring.
It was vintage Mayweather, even
if it didn t please the crowd of 16,507.
They cheered every time Pacquiao
threw a punch, hoping that he would
land a big shot and become the first
fighter to beat Mayweather.
But a good percentage of what he
more he usually throws.
Five years in the making, the fight
unfolded before a glittering crowd
of celebrities, high rollers and people
who had enough money to pay for
ringside seats going for $40,000 and
up. They paid big money to watch
two superstars fight for their legacies
--- and in Pacquiao s case his country
--- in addition to the staggering pay-
days for both.
But Mayweather moved well. His
only real moment of trouble came
in the fourth round when Pacquiao
landed his left hand and then flurried
to Mayweather s head on the ropes,
but he escaped and shook his head
at Pacquiao as if to say he wasn t
In the corner, Mayweather s father,
Floyd Sr kept yelling at his son to
do more. But Mayweather was con-
tent to stick with what was working
and not take a risk that could cost
him the fight.
"I m a calculated fighter, he is a
tough competitor," Mayweather said.
"My dad wanted me to do more but
Pacquiao is an awkward fighter."
Mayweather said that his fight in
September against a yet-to-be-
determined opponent would be his
"I m almost 40 years old now. I ve
been in the sport 19 years and have
been a champion for 18 years. I m
Mayweather is also very rich, get-
ting 60 per cent of the approximately
$300 million purse, depending on
pay-per-view sales. The live gate
alone was more than $70 million,
and the bout was expected to easily
smash the pay-per-view record of
2.48 million buys set in 2007 when
Mayweather fought Oscar De La
But while the frenzy over the fight
pushed up tickets to 3-4 times their
retail price the week of the fight,
prices dropped dramatically as the
fight neared and some tickets were
being resold for less than face value.
Boxing fans called for the fight to
Mayweather wins decision
in richest fight ever
Floyd Mayweather Jr, left, hits Manny Pacquiao,
from the Philippines, during their welterweight title
fight on Saturday in Las Vegas. AP PHOTO
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