(NIGERIA MOMENT). Las Vegas –
CBS NEWS REPORTS on Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao World Championship Fight.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather outlasted opponent Manny Pacquiao to take one of the biggest billed fights of all time. In a unanimous decision, Mayweather, who kept control of the ring for most of the fight, landing punches when they counted, bested Pacquiao who swung with many of his punches failing to connect.
Mayweather (48-0) earned the WBO welterweight title, to add to the WBC and WBA belts he currently holds Saturday night. Pacquiao, who said he is unsure of his future after the bout, goes to a record of 57-6-2.
The fight, which many thought may never happened drew millions of global spectators and a sellout crowd in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with the cheapest seats going for $1,500. Considered the richest bout ever, the match was expected to bring in as much as $400 million in revenue. Mayweather will take home as much as $180 million, while Pacquiao will make $120 million.
Two judges favored Mayweather 116-112, while a third had it 118-110. The Associated Press scored it 115-113 for Mayweather, who says he will fight again in September, then hang up his boxing gloves for good.
Overall, Mayweather outboxed Pacquiao through the fight. He fought more strategically, conserved energy, and kept his opponent following him. Although Pacquiao won a few rounds and caught Mayweather against the ropes several times, by rounds 11 and 12, he fought with little strategy and looked for openings that never materialized.
“I fought a smart fight. I stayed outside. We did what we had to do tonight. When the history books are written, it will be worth the wait,” said Mayweather, 38. “I outboxed him,” Mayweather said. “He never figured out my jab and my right hand.”
But Pacquiao felt that the judges were wrong and that he actually should have been the winner. “I thought I caught him many more times than he caught me,” Pacquiao said. “I was never hurt. I was very surprised at the scores. I hit him more times than he hit me.”
Pacquiao connected with just 19 percent of his total punches (81 of 429) and 27 percent of his power shots (63-236). His jab never found a home, landing just 9 percent of the time (18-193).
Mayweather was just as active, but much more accurate. He landed 34 percent of his total punches (148-435) and an impressive 25 percent of his jabs (67-267). His power shots were less frequent, but more effective, landing at 48 percent effectiveness (81-168).
There were no knockdowns, and neither fighter seemed terribly hurt at any time. Pacquiao landed probably the biggest punch in the fight in the fourth round – a left hand that sent Mayweather into the ropes – but he wasn’t able to consistently 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 way inside.
Culled from CBSNEWS