From the time Jamie Foxx gave what was possibly the worst rendition of the National Anthem, it was all down hill from there! For the first 3 rounds WBC and WBA Super welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather, 48-0 (27), of Las Vegas, NV, along with the help from partial referee Kenny Bayless (that wasn’t needed) he did whatever he wanted with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquaio, 57-6-2 (38), of the Philippines, over 12 rounds.
It wasn’t until the fourth round that Pacquaio won a round and that was only the first of 4 rounds he would receive credit for on the scores of judges Glenn Feldman and Bert A. Clements both at 116-112 as was DHB and out in no man’s land the 118-110 of Dave Moretti.
Mayweather’s swiftness of foot and counter punching won him the fight but not the many fans of his residence in the city of sin! They loudly booed him to his regret. It wasn’t even stopped when he “promised” to only have 1 more fight leaving the game at 49-0 to equal the record of the most popular and former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano. If his promise is kept it would be even more respect than former world super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe at 46-0, of Wales, decided not to even be tempted to approach the former unbeaten champions record. Maybe his Italian heritage had a lot to do with it!
In this writer’s view only a final fight with the “other” P4P best fighter in the world the WBA Super and WBC interim champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 33-0 (30), of Kazastahn, Germany and now CA, in Mayweather defending his WBC and WBA Super light middleweight titles that he didn’t have at stake Saturday night. GGG has said he could go down to 154 as he awaits the “other” 3 middleweight champions who fear getting into the ring with the most feared fighter in the world today.
Neither boxer showed any facial battle scars after the 12 rounds of boxing. Pacquaio obviously frustrated with the way Mayweather stayed one step ahead of him except when he did his version of the “rope-a-dope” claimed “I thought I won the fight!” What he should have said was “I thought I made the fight otherwise there wouldn’t have been one!”
The way Mayweather fought his first fight with Marcos Rene Maidana of Argentina in which this writer saw both boxers winning 6 rounds each would have thrilled the fans. Instead he chose the style of the second Maidana fight to easily win this one. In the 120 million plus that he will receive for this fight he should have had some idea that he ”owed” the fans some entertainment along with his boxing skills!
Prior to the fight the arrogance of Mayweather to claim to be the “greatest boxer of all time” lost modern day fans of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and the rest of us “old times” who know Mayweather not only isn’t as good as 1976 Gold Medalist and former world champion “Sugar” Ray Leonard let alone the greatest P4P boxer of all time in “Sugar” Ray Robinson!
Maybe Mayweather simply wanted to hype the fight up more than he needed by proclaiming himself better than anyone who ever entered the square ring but it didn’t win him any fans or fame! Can you imagine if he granted Pacquaio his wish of a “re-match”? They couldn’t fill up the smallest of venues. Fool me once……or something of that nature. There will still be those die-heart Mayweather fans who will say “he did what he had to do” but in their hearts were disappointed with the fight itself in all honesty. There was little to cheer about on both sides of the fans and the previous undercard fights didn’t exactly help by being so one-sided! All in all the fans got ripped off!
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