LAS VEGAS – Highlights from Floyd Mayweather’s unanimous-decision victory over Floyd Mayweather for the world welterweight title Saturday night in the MGM Grand Garden:
What it means: Mayweather won the unified 147-pound division and solidified his no-doubt status as the mythical pound-for-pound champion. Pacquiao was considered Mayweather’s biggest threat, but couldn’t catch him. Mayweather is 48-0, but has recorded only two knockout victories in his past 13 fights. Pacquiao is 57-6-2 and had lost three of his past six matches.
Did it save boxing? Uh, no. The entertainment value was low compared to the hype of the so-called Fight of the Century. Neither fighter was knocked down or wobbled or bloodied. The judges didn’t find the matchup was competitive.
Punch stats: Pacquiao threw more power punches, but landed at a much lower percentage. Mayweather connected on 34 percent of his 435 punches, including 48 percent of his power shots. Pacquiao landed 19 percent of his 429 punches, including 27 percent of his power shots.
Official scorecards: Niagara Falls native Dave Moretti, 118-110; Glenn Feldman, 116-112; Bert Clements, 116-12.
Buffalo News scorecard: I favored Pacquaio’s aggression to Mayweather’s defense and gave him a couple of close rounds because of that. I realize I’m in a tiny minority, but I scored it 114-114.
Final odds: At the opening bell, Mayweather was at minus-220, with Pacquiao at plus-180.
What’s next: A rematch? Highly doubtful, but there aren’t any other interesting fights to be made either. Mayweather has one fight left on his contract with Showtime and has insisted he will fight in September for the final time.