Floyd Mayweather maintained his undefeated record by seizing a momentous win over long-time rival Manny Pacquaio at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas.
The American boxer employed his usual strategy from the get-go, playing a defensive approach that eventually forced Pacquiao to go on the offence. It worked in his favour as after the first few rounds, Mayweather was clearly in the lead.
Manny eventually found space to launch offensive punches at Floyd, but the latter remained solid in his defensive approach which eventually helped him seize a unanimous victory after 12 rounds.
“I knew he was going to push me,” Mayweather said. “I was a smart fighter. I out-boxed him. When the history books are written,” he said, “it was worth the wait.”
Pacquiao received a standing ovation after the match, but the man himself remained defiant and claimed that he deserved to win the bout.
“I got him many times,” he said. “I thought I won the fight. I threw punches, he didn’t do anything. “He’s moving around. It’s not easy to throw a lot of punches.”
The victory means that Mayweather is now a unified world champion, holding the welterweight title for the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Assn. and World Boxing Organization.