Mayweather vs Pacquiao stats, facts & results
It happened tonight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the results are in.
History was made as fight legends Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, boxing's best, finally faced each other in the ring.
(Photo courtesy of HBO Inside Boxing, Will Hart and Ed Mulholland)
On the line was something much greater than the welterweight championship of the world and boxing's mythical pound-for-pound title; At stake was 'Fighter of the Generation' distinction.
In fact, Mayweather vs Pacquiao was perhaps one of the three most-anticipated fights in boxing history, second only to Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier I (1971) and Joe Louis-Max Schmeling II (1938).
And in the end, Floyd Mayweather's hand would be raised.
It wasn't pretty to the casual observer who would have much rather seen Arturo Gatti vs Micky Ward but, for Floyd Mayweather, it was business as usual. He's not exactly 'Rocky Balboa' and most fight fans were, or at least should have been, aware of that going in. However, many of us were hoping Manny could take 'Money May' out of his comfort zone and into 'deep waters.' After all, Miguel Cotto and Marcos Maidana had some success in that area.
With the unanimous decison verdict, Floyd improves to 48-0 and adds the WBO welterweight title to his other belts while Pacquiao, who gave a fine effort, Pacquiao falls to 57-6-2.
During the first six rounds, the fight was exciting in spirts as both men made statements. Seemingly stunned early by PacMan's power, Floyd would make the proper adjustments and seperate himself from Manny in the latter rounds.
However, the brilliance Floyd sometimes showed was overshadowed by episodes of excessive movement and clinching which marred the affair for some.
When a fighter is against the ropes and uses his footwork to spin out, it's good defense and Floyd showed us some of that. However, and especially in the last three or four rounds, Mayweather simply appeared to "run" out of harm's way to avoid exchanges and buy time, much to the dismay of many watching.
Even his father, at one point in the fight, told Floyd he was "fighting scared." Nevertheless, he controlled the range and was able to neutralize PacMan's assualt with sharp, hard counters and, of course, movement.
Manny Pacquiao, who ate some hard shots, showcased a good beard, a strong willingness to brawl and certainly had his moments. Never appearing hurt, he applied solid pressure and occasionally trapped his foe on the ropes unleashing punches in bunches in the process. However, although his sporadic barrages brought the crowd out of their seats and provided excitement, the crafty Mayweather was often well-protected, blocking shots with his arms, elbows and gloves.
A Pacquiao straight left in Round 4 that seemed to hurt Floyd and sent him reeling may have been the most significant punch of the fight. However, Mayweather, despite his incessant retreating, still landed the harder, more consequential shots overall.
"I thought I won the fight," Pacquiao said after the fight. "He didn't do nothing."
Rules Sidenote: Something really needs to be done about the out-of-control holding and clinching in boxing. Floyd should have been warned, as Wladimir Klitschko was last week, on several occasions for clinching and holding in excess.
Controversy/ Reaction: It seems purists are lauding Floyd's performance while the mainstream, wanting more action and less defense, is bitter towards the winner.
- After watching this fight, how anyone can say Mayweather won this fight on the skill of his boxing could not be further than the truth. If he is such a great "boxer", why whenever Pacquiao was unleashing an attack did he not "Box" his way out of trouble? instead of using last ditch tactics like grabbing and holding opponents , or failing that just run away.
The only people who hit and run away are cowards. I think Mayweather chose his fighting technique of avasive, defensive wrestling with the occasional jab is because if he was drawn into an actual toe to toe boxing match, he would probably lose.
Just watched in chch new zealand. Admit I dont know much about boxing. But in the school yard if the guy your fighting punches you in the face more than you do. You win.
- I think the game was fair. They both fought professionally except that FM was few steps ahead of MP. He got MP played to his style so I think the win was just his.
Let me get something straight. FM won fair and square, I agree that FM didn't throw a lot of puncheS, but when he did throw punches he landed them almost every time. I think MP is a great boxer but FM won.
- This is why boxing is losing its fans. The scoring is not right. You should be given more points for attacking than defending. The fact someone can run from a fighter for most of the fight and win is not right. When I become boxer I will just defend and run and I too can become champion. Not right. your a legend pacman.
Perhaps this comment summed it up best....
- Mayweather's technically brilliant, the best pfp, defensive master, etc. But he'll never stir the blood, nor be loved. He's the Nullifier
Mayweather vs Pacquiao stats, facts & results
- Network rivals: For only the second time in the rival networks' histories, HBO and Showtime participated in a joint production for a major boxing event. They first accomplished this in 2002 for Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis
- Overloaded: Apparently, so many people ordered the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight card, HBO commentator Jim Lampley told viewers ring entrances had to be delayed due to fixes required for a network overload.
- Fight revenue was larger than the GDP of 29 countries.
- Odds: Mayweather opened as 3 to 1 favorite but, as of this morning, Floyd was 2 to 1
- Floyd was different: 'Money May' was more low key than usual in the weeks leading up the fight and at the weigh-in and pressers.
- Pre-fight staredown: Manny was relaxed and smiling while Floyd appeared very serious; Manny even told Floyd, "Thank you."
- Pre-fight dressing room interview: Floyd reiterated he no longer had a passion for boxing, but insisted he'd take care of "business" in the ring. Conversely, Manny seemed loose, happy and relieved
- Pre-fight fan poll to pick winner: Mayweather - 33%, Pacquiao - 67%
- The Man: Floyd Mayweather entered as the consensus top fighter in the world and the WBA/WBC/ RING Magazine Welterweight Champion and WBC/RING Magazine Super Welterweight Champion
- True champion: Manny Pacquiao entered as the WBO Welterweight Champion and was ranked No.3 by RING Magazine (Klitschko is No. 2)
- Purses (estimated): Mayweather- $180- $200 mil, Pacquiao $100-$120 mil (est); More details will be revealed after revenue is tabulated
- Celebrities in attendance included but were not limited to: Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, Magic Johnson, Sting, Jimmy Kimmel, Clint Eastwood, Charles Barkley, Ben Affleck, Michael Jordan, Michael J. Fox, Tom Brady and Denzel Washington
- Pro Pacquiao crowd: Those in attendance were heavily partial towards the underdog, often chanting, "Manny, Manny."
- Tale of the tape
- Size: The size difference was immediately apparent as Floyd appeared noticeably larger than PacMan.
- Walk-in-the-ring weight: At the weigh-in, Floyd and Manny weighed 146 and 145 lbs, respectively. Prior to walking in the ring, PacMan had re-hydrated to 152 lbs; Floyd did not step on the scale again.
- CompuBox PunchStats: According to CompuBox PunchStats, Floyd outlanded Manny 148 to 81, even throwing more punches in the process, 435 to 429. Mayweather connected at 34 percent while Pacquiao was limited to an abysmal 19 percent.
- Official scores: Dave Moretti saw it 118-110, while Bert Clements and Glenn Feldman both scored it 116-112, and the HBO and Showtime commentators also had Floyd comfortably ahead.
- Fighting hurt: Manny Pacquiao said he was beset by a right shoulder injury during training that impacted his performance.
- Vacating titles: Mayweather plans to relinquish all his title belts Monday and insisted his final fight in September will be a 12-rounder but will not be for a title
- Sweet ref: Referee Kenny Bayless earned $25,000
- Judges' purses: Judges Burt Clements and Dave Moretti of Nevada, and Glenn Feldman of Connecticut, each earned $20,000, a record for judge purses.
- First undercard result: WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko KO 9 Gamalier Rodriguez in a beautiful boxing exhibition
- Second undercard result: In an entertaining fight, Leo Santa Cruz won a wide unanimous decision over a crafy and resilient Jose Cayetano.