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article imageMayweather wins by unanimous decision against Pacquiao

By Leo Reyes     May 3, 2015 in Sports
Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather secured a unanimous decision win against Manny Pacquiao in their title fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Making good use of his size and reach advantages, Mayweather was able to neutralize Pacquiao's speed by throwing multiple jabs that mostly landed on targets as shown later in the fight statistics.
Mayweather simply outpointed Pacquiao as recorded by Compubox.
On total punches thrown, Mayweather got 34 percent connection rate against Pacquiao's 19 percent based on punches that landed. On jabs, Mayweather threw 267 against Pacquiao's 193 with a connection rate of 25 percent for Mayweather and only 9 percent for Pacquiao. On power punches Mayweather got 48 percent against Pacquiao's 27 percent.
Mayweather was the aggressor in the early rounds with Pacquiao catching up starting on the third round, but Mayweather kept a safe distance from the attacking Pacquiao.
Pacquiao seemed tentative on his offense as he quickly disengaged after sporadic attacks, unlike in his past fights were he would go on non-stop offensive attack.
It turned out that Pacquiao had a major training injury midway to his training which the team tried to keep and hide from the public for fear that the opposing camp would take advantage of it.
The injury may have affected his mobility, which could be the reason for his inability to mount a massive and sustained attack.
Pacquiao was on medication prior to the fight and had in fact requested a anti-inflammatory shot hours before the start of the fight, but the Nevada regulatory body rejected the request.
Pacquiao was a bit surprised about the judges decision. “I thought I caught him many times. I was never hurt. I was very surprised at the scores. I hit him more times than he hit me. I thought I won,” Pacquiao said in disbelief.
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach also thought Pacquiao won the fight. “I thought we pulled it out. We pressed the action. We may have been flatfooted too many times but I thought we won the fight,” Roach said.
For his part, Mayweather said he had anticipated that Pacquiao would push in the early rounds but he was smart enough to keep him outside.
“I outboxed him,” Mayweather said after the fight. “I wasn’t getting hit with a lot of shots until I sat right there in the pocket. We did what we had to do tonight,” he added.
Judges scorecards: 116-112 (two judges). Third judge scored it 118-110 for a unanimous decision in favor of Mayweather.
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