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19 NOVEMBER 2018

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Mayweather Schools Pacquiao In Vegas


 All pics supplied by Esther Lin/Showtime
All pics supplied by Esther Lin/Showtime

By Marc Livitz in Las Vegas: Floyd Mayweather put on a magnificent display as he outclassed, outboxed and outgunned Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas tonight as a wild and unprecedented week finally came to a close. With the unanimous decision win, Mayweather earned his forty eighth career victory with a performance that showed why he’s undefeated and very likely unbeatable.

 

The jitters were present in the electrifying air in Sin City as the opening bell finally, as in really and truly rang to start the fight of the century. Mayweather jabbed early and often. Manny looked to get inside to negate Floyd’s reach advantage, but then he was caught with a right hand. Floyd scored again down low with under a minute to go. Round one ended in Mayweather’s favor. Dodging and moving to begin the second, Floyd sought to elude any advances from his Filipino foe. Pacquiao had a flash of punches to put Floyd in a corner, but it didn’t last long. "Money" continued to keep him away although the Pac Man landed a meaningful left handed shot.

 

Mayweather clinched and held anytime Pacquiao got in close in the third period. His anticipation seemed almost psychic and referee Kenny Bayless was always quick to stop any tie ups. Each man landed a respective right to close matters. Floyd appeared to be up three rounds to none at this point. Manny landed a short flurry early on the fourth. He tried and tried to swarm Floyd but perhaps nerves forced him to move away. He pushed the action in the final minute and had his Las Vegas adversary on the ropes with his guard held high. Mayweather calmly walked away from the ropes when Manny was done.

 

Manny connected with another left shortly before the bell. This was by far his best round of the bout up to this point. Floyd landed a few successive head shots shortly after the fifth was underway. Manny didn’t show much in the round as Mayweather’s rights were once again dictating the pace. Pacquiao came out the aggressor to start up round six. He had Floyd on the ropes once again. Punches were thrown high against Floyd’s guard two or three times. In each instance, Mayweather shook his head and mouthed, "no" to Manny and continued to use his jab at other points to keep the Pac Man at bay. The eagerly awaited contest was now halfway into boxing history and Manny was fighting well. However, Floyd was fighting better. Much better.

 

Manny tried to push the pace once again to begin the seventh, only Floyd was waiting this time. His right connected as was seen previously. His long, rangy jab kept Pacquiao back, who landed a straight left to the face in the closing sixty seconds. Manny just missed with a right hook early on in round eight. Floyd slipped another one shortly thereafter and he jabbed low to the body of Pacquiao. He used his right hook as well to tag Manny up high. Each combatant sought to counter the jab of the other. Floyd pawed away with his left jab throughout the ninth and connected with his right. Manny highlighted the round’s end when he put Mayweather up against the ropes with a short flurry.

 

Floyd moved more in the tenth, perhaps to sit upon the lead he may have amassed. Manny’s activity levels were the higher of the two as he continued to fire away at his Las Vegas based opponent. Floyd still landed his counter right, though. Into the newer version of the championship rounds the bout entered. Mayweather was patient and calculating anytime Pacquiao tried to rush at him. His right was the story as before as well as his left jab. With eleven rounds now in the bag, Manny would likely have to knock out Floyd Mayweather twice to win the bout.

 

The two embraced in the center of the ring to begin the twelfth and final round. Floyd took the lead foot throughout the stanza. Manny was never able to use his rhythm, much less find it anywhere. Mayweather raised his hand in victory in response to the clicking signal to indicate ten seconds were left in the bout. Only a disastrous shock decision would get in the way of Floyd’s forty ninth victory of his professional career and Pacquiao’s sixth loss. Mayweather actually threw six more punches in the bout tonight.

 

Judge Glenn Feldman scored the bout 116-112, as did Bert Clements. Dave Moretti turned in a score of 118-110. Floyd Mayweather improved to (49-0, 26 KO’s) with the unanimous decision win. Manny Pacquiao fell to (57-6-2, 38 KO’s). Floyd indicated that he’d fight one more time (in September of this year) before he calls it quits.

 

Marc Livitz

Boxing Writer/Columnist

Twitter: @fightawrita

 

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