Louisville, KY May 3rd, 2015 (Analyzed Sports) By: Charron Elliott
Who Really Won The Fight?
Well it Finally happened Saturday night as Welterweights Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao had their big fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The actual fight wouldn’t officially start until around 12 AM EST Sunday , so as an East coast native it was pretty late. However this was a fight the world couldn’t miss as it was fight that took several years to make happen.
The first thing I noticed was how each fighter entered the ring Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao and his entourage seemed to be more relaxed as they walked into the ring. Manny and his trainer Freddie Roach even took a “selfie” before they entered the fight, which is definitely something you never see before a boxing match. As for Floyd Mayweather he didn’t enter the ring with any celebrities or music artists by his side like his usual self, he simply just had his dad and other members of TMT escort him to the ring. Floyd looked like he was ready for a fight and that this was all business to him, which it was.
As for the actual fight, many people believed that Manny had the speed offensively to challenge Floyd’s great defense, but Mayweather would prove those people wrong. Although he seemed to be the more active fighter each round, Floyd constantly blocked, ducked, and defended nearly almost every punch Manny threw at him. As a result Manny Pacquiao landed just 81 out of 429 of his punches, while Floyd Mayweather landed 148 out of 435 of his punches. Floyd constantly connected with his straight right hand punch and his left hand jab to the face of Pacquiao, which would proved to be the difference in the fight. Floyd Mayweather would go on to win the fight in a majority decision, as all three of the fight’s judges scored in favor of him.
“I thought I won the fight…He didn’t do nothing but run all night,” said Pacquiao after the losing to Mayweather. While I didn’t see it that way, nor did any of the three judges of the fight, something could be made of how almost every time Manny got a couple flurries of punches in that Floyd clinched on to him. However anyone who knows boxing knows that clinching on to your opponent, ducking to avoid punches, and circling around the ring are all legit boxing tactics used by some of the greats. Simply put Manny Pacquiao got out-boxed last night by Floyd Mayweather, but the fight was still close.
Now that these two great boxers have finally fought, the question is what is next for them? Mayweather carried home north of $180 million home, while Manny took home nearly $120 million in earnings. Manny moves on to 57-6 in his boxing career, while Floyd Mayweather remains undefeated at 48-0. ” I will have my next fight in September,” said Mayweather after defeating Pacquiao. However the question is with who, could these two possibly meet again in September? If Floyd decides to fight anyone else it would be tough for that fight to generate even close to the revenue that this one generated or the hype. As for Pacquiao he plans on ” Taking some vacation time,” so we will just have to wait and see what’s next for these two fighters.
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