Floyd Mayweather secured an unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, and the unbeaten superstar proved that he is amongst the best ever in the process.
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The start to the fight was always going to be critical, and if Pacquiao had a chance at winning then he needed to start quickly and take the front foot with his usual aggressive style.
However, while it usually takes Mayweather a few rounds to adapt to his opponent, he wasted no time in doing so on Saturday night and dominated the early rounds which set the tone for the rest of the fight.
The 38-year-old was sharp with his foot work and counter-punching, and he made it an uphill task for his rival to win the fight from there on in as Pac-Man risked leaving himself exposed to a big right hand.
While many will have been left disappointed and frustrated by Pacquiao’s lack of activity overall, that would be a disservice to Mayweather’s ability to nullify his threat and keep him at range.
That in turn made it almost impossible for the Filipino to get his combinations going and to ensure that his punches found their target, although when he did enjoy some success in the fight, it didn’t necessarily faze Mayweather too much and he recovered quickly.
The unbeaten American controlled the pace of the fight brilliantly, and as he forced Pacquiao to miss and got in his pot-shots regularly, it was clear that aside from some brief scares, the fight was only going one way.
The fight concluded with Mayweather stepping up and hitting his opponent with single hard shots, and it wrapped up arguably his most impressive win given that Pacquiao has long been billed as the man to cause him the most problems.
However, the WBA, WBC and now WBO welterweight champion left no doubt in the minds of experts and fans all around the world, as he delivered a typical Mayweather performance that proved that he is exceptional at what he does, even if the majority of the spectators don’t like it.
Essentially, winning is all that matters to Mayweather, and Saturday night allowed him to write his name into the history books and take another step towards finishing his professional career without a single blemish on his impressive record.