Floyd Mayweather Jr. 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 withstood an aggressive start by the Filipino and relied on his renowned defence and counter-punching to dominate the 12 rounds as he improved his career record to 48-0.
Round Twelve (Final Round)
Manny Pacquiao was unable to land a knockout punch on Floyd Mayweather during the 12th and final round of their megafight. Mayweather easily kept Pacquiao at bay in the round with the Filipino southpaw behind on points when the final bell sounded.
Mayweather came out fast in the 11th round and landed a big shot on Pacquiao as the 12-round fight entered what are known as the 'championship rounds'. After coming out strong in the round, Mayweather quickly retreated to his defensive style and at one point got caught in the corner but Pacquiao could not land a significant punch.
Pacquiao landed a hard body shot on Mayweather to start the 10th round of their megafight on Saturday. Despite Pacquiao's attempt to be the aggressor and unleashing the occasional flurry on his opponent, Mayweather's quickness and timing was evident and he was controlling the flow.
Pacquiao landed a quick left and right on Mayweather to start the ninth round and finished the round with another late flurry. Mayweather almost slipped early in the round after swinging and missing with a big punch.
Pacquiao landed a left and right on Mayweather, who was showcasing his defensive prowess and managed to get in a few punches of his own during the eighth round. Mayweather, considered one of the best defensive fighters of all-time, also landed a hard right that stunned Pacquiao for a second followed shortly after by a left hook.
Pacquiao and Mayweather spent most of the seventh round dancing around the ring until the Filipino southpaw landed a left hand during the final 40 seconds. Mayweather came out strong early in the round but neither fighter managed to land a significant punch.
Pacquiao did his best to keep up his all-out attacking style on Mayweather but his undefeated opponent was unfazed, at one point shaking his head after the Filipino southpaw unleashed a slew of punches. Pacquiao, who has appeared to get the better of Mayweather to this point, also landed a straight left hand early in the sixth round.
Pacquiao and Mayweather slowed down the pace of their fight during the fifth round with the duo exchanging a series of shots. Pacquiao threw 16 punches in the round.
Pacquiao had Mayweather pinned against the ropes during the fourth round and unleashed a flurry of punches, including a left hand that seemed to stun the American. Pacquiao landed several punches on the body but Mayweather appeared to cover up and protect himself for the most part.
Mayweather landed a right hand below the below the belt of Pacquiao during the third round of their megafight on Saturday but the Filipino southpaw kept a smile on his face. A big left hand from Pacquiao late in the third round narrowly missed Mayweather, who was caught along the ropes.
Pacquiao landed a hard shot on Mayweather late in the second round. Despite landing the hardest shot of the fight up to that point, it was the Filipino southpaw who was chasing his American opponent around the ring for much of the round.
Mayweather and Pacquiao spent the bulk of the opening round sizing each other up. Mayweather landed a pair of hard right hands on Pacquiao during but the Filipino southpaw still had a smile of his face when the bell rang to end the round.