By Jon Jencitis: Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have always been told the aim of boxing is to hit and not get hit and what did Floyd do? EXACTLY THAT! Yes, he hugged a lot and kept his distance but he utilized his added reach and height to great effect.
Pacquiao rarely got close and the stats tell the story 19% landed for Pacquiao and 34% for Floyd. If that isn’t an indicator as to who won the fight I don’t know, as they both threw around the same amount of punches (around 480). Floyd used the ring to his advantage, rarely standing toe to toe with Manny. I gave the fight 117-111 for Floyd.
The three rounds I gave Manny were purely for his work rate combined with the little success he had in 3 rounds outweighing Floyd defensive stance in the fight. Granted after the news of the injury to Manny, I instantly thought REMATCH. We as fans weren’t given the best possible fight, but we got what we got and hopefully May 2016 will give us another chance to witness these two legends fight again.
I truly hope Manny fights again even if it isn’t against Floyd, and he ends with a win, because he deserves it with what he has done for the sport. I feel equally the same for Floyd. His fights are global news and have spread the word of boxing massively in both negative and positive ways but it has been spread. If Manny is to end his pro career with a win, it means he has either 1 or 2 fights left. The rematch and an easy fight to end his career or no rematch and an easy career closer. If the rematch happens between Mayweather and Pacquiao next year, it most definitely can’t be Manny’s last fight because Floyd will win and end his career with the ‘0’ he craves so much.