Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-05-03 08:20:33
Floyd Mayweather Jr., the 38-year-old with the baby face and the unblemished professional boxing record, beat Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night with a unanimous decision in what was considered the highest-grossing bout in history.
In a long-anticipated fight between the two dominant welterweights of the past decade, Mayweather stretched his record to 48-0 while quieting critics who thought he had spent years avoiding a showdown with Pacquiao, a 36-year-old fighter from the Philippines.
Fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena booed the decision by the three judges, who gave Mayweather a wide margin in the 12-round fight: 116-112 on two cards, 118-110 on the other. The judges agreed on 10 of the 12 rounds.
Interviewed in the ring, his voice drowned by voices of unsatisfied fans, Mayweather credited Pacquiao and said he planned to fight once more, as he is under contract to do.
“It’s time for me to hang it up,” he said.Neither man was visibly injured. Pacquiao, who highlighted the bout with several flurries against the ropes that could not overcome Mayweather’s consistency, said he thought he had won.“He never hurt me,” Pacquiao said. “I was very surprised by the scores. I hit him many times more than he hit me.”
Both men walked away winners financially. The purse, a majority of it from pay-per-view revenue from several million American households paying about $90 each to watch, was estimated at $300 million. The contract called for Mayweather to receive 60 percent, win or lose.
Inside the arena, Hollywood celebrities and famous athletes from scattered parts of the sports world sprinkled the crowd. The few tickets made available to the public were priced from $1,500 for seats in the top rows to $7,500 for a seat on the floor.
Tickets were sold on the secondary market for $40,000 or more. More»