Mayweather vs Pacquiao: 5 things we learnedWritten by Jason Leach
Unbeaten lineal welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) earned a twelve round unanimous decision over WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) last night in the highest grossing fight in boxing history.
So, what did we learn?
1. Mayweather is still the best fighter pound for pound: Despite being 38, Mayweather proved once again that he’s the best in the world. And while some fans may not like the way he won, his defensive brilliance was once again on display.
He shut down Manny Pacquiao's offense, allowing his foe to connect on only 81 out of 429 punches (19%). The 429 punches thrown was the lowest output for Pacquiao since 2009. Bottom line -Mayweather is what his record says he is and that’s 48-0
2. A smaller fighter has no chance against Mayweather: The late great Emanuel Stewart once said if someone’s going to beat Mayweather it would have to be a big guy. Saturday night that was evident as Pacquiao did not have the size to bully Mayweather to the ropes or the length to compete when the action was in the middle of the ring. Moreover, Pacquiao didn’t have a chance to close the distant with his five inch reach disadvantage.
3. Pacquiao and Roach didn’t have a plan B: Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach came into this fight very confident but it was clear early on they didn’t have a plan. Pacquiao was unable to cutoff the ring and prevent Mayweather from circling away from Pacquiao’s attack.
On the few occasions when Pacquiao had Mayweather on the ropes, he seemed hesitant to let his hands go as he was looking for a perfect shot. As a result, Mayweather actually threw more punches than Pacquiao (435 to 429) something nobody predicted would happen.
4. There will not be a rematch: Despite the fact that this fight generated hundreds of millions of dollars and that Pacquiao’s camp is claiming his shoulder injury prevented him from giving an optimum performance, there will be no rematch. After last night, there’s no indication that Pacquiao would fare better in a rematch. In fact, Mayweather has done better in his two career rematches than in the first fight. So a rematch would be more of the same if not a wider margin of victory for Mayweather.
5. September will definitely be Mayweather’s last fight: Mayweather said leading up to the fight that he finds it harder and harder to get motivated to fight, and that he doesn’t enjoy boxing like he used to. He echoed this sentiment at the post fight press conference and also stated he would vacate all of his titles on Monday.
He said that September will be his last fight and that he has no desire to break Marciano’s record by going 50-0. If not obligated to fight once more, Floyd would have probably retired last night.
I was born in Queens NY, but currently reside in Hackensack NJ. Became a diehard boxing fan in the 1980’s watching Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.
I’ve enjoyed watching and talking about sports for as long as I can remember. In late 2012 I began to pursue a sports writing career with the Harlem Times. Within a few months I was covering events such as the Big East Tournament and the Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight at the Barclays Center.
Love boxing because of the Sweet Science, the history of great champions, and knowing at any moment a fight can be over with one punch.