Mayweather may have won, but he was 'boring'
Manny Pacquiao insisted he believed he’d beaten Floyd Mayweather Jr after his unanimous points defeat in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday Singapore time).
“I thought I won the fight, he didn’t do nothing,” Pacquiao said after the defeat.
Most judges and experts had Mayweather a comfortable points victor.
Mayweather preserved his unbeaten record as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight megabout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
The 38-year-old American made a surprisingly strong start, then withstood some aggressive counter-punching by the Filipino southpaw in the later rounds as he improved his career record to 48-0.
Though Pacquiao repeatedly forced Mayweather to backpedal, the wily American blunted his opponent’s best efforts by using his renowned defensive skills while getting in several telling jabs and punches of his own.
There were reports of boos from the crowd as the result was announced. On social media, netizens were also surprised by the result, with many saying that Pacquiao had not just put up a good fight, but a good show.
Even Mike Tyson felt "underwhelmed" by the fight.
The showdown between the two best boxers of their generation, dubbed the ‘Fight of the Century’, had been more than five years in the making and is expected to be the biggest-grossing prize bout of all time.
Sources: AFP, Reuters