The 12 rounds are over, and Floyd Mayweather Jr defeated Manny Pacquiao by decision.
The winner of the match speaks of retirement, while the loser demands a rematch.
What’s next after the fight of the century?
Natashya Gutierrez files this video blog.
After more than 5 years of waiting, Floyd Mayweather Jr finally meets Manny Pacquiao in the ring in a unification bout that goes 12 rounds before a sold out fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
It is a pro-Pacquiao crowd.
Pacquiao enters the ring to deafening cheers. Mayweather has less fans, but he is unbothered.
The first few rounds are close. Pacquiao is aggressive, throwing punches at Mayweather.
He lands a few but the American boxer is too quick, Pacquiao does not connect as he usually does.
In later rounds, Mayweather is more elusive making him even harder to hit. He counter punches every time Pacquiao boxes too.
In the end, the judges pick Mayweather to win by unanimous decision. He remains undefeated.
At the press conference after the fight, Pacquiao says his left shoulder started hurting after the 4th round, making it hard for him to punch the way he wanted.
MANNY PACQUIAO, BOXER: Two weeks I couldn’t train, I couldn’t use my right hand. Two weeks after my shoulder started getting better. At least I can use it but… something’s wrong.
Mayweather praises Pacquiao’s skill, but says tonight, he is the better fighter.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR, BOXER: Manny Pacquiao is one hell of a fighter. But I’m the more smarter fighter.
Pacquiao is clearly dejected as he walks out of the arena. He says he thinks he won the fight.
But even statistics show Mayweather threw and landed more punches than Pacquiao did.
NATASHYA GUTIERREZ, REPORTING: Now that the fight is over, both fighters must decide what is in store for them in the future. Mayweather speaks of retirement, while Pacquiao’s camp wants a rematch.
Asked if he would do a rematch with Pacquiao, Mayweather says he wants to enjoy his victory for now.
He also says the fight proves he is the best boxer of this generation.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR, BOXER: This is my era, and in my era, I am TBE.
The crowd leaving the arena is not as excited, since most are Pacquiao fans.
But both fighters are winners tonight – at least financially.
Mayweather says he received a $100 million-check after the fight. Pacquiao is expected to receive less, but still higher than any pay check he has ever gotten.
While the final numbers are still not out, the bout is the most lucrative in boxing history… making the optimists think that for money alone, the two could fight again.
Natashya Gutierrez, Rappler, Las Vegas. – Rappler.com
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