The second semifinals pits together boxing’s present day pound-for-pound kings in what shall be termed the “The Fight of the Century” bar none.
Forget Cinco de Mayo, forget Floyd Mayweather’s jail sentence, forget our heavenly father’s divine intervention to prevent Manny Pacquiao’s date with destiny, because contracts have been signed and the time for talking is at an end.
The superfight that the boxing world has clamoured for is upon us. In the words of Mills Lane, “Lets’ Get It On.”
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) is one of the best counter-punchers in the business, in addition to possessing his own often impregnable defense.
Meanwhile, the ruthless southpaw from the Philippines has an impressive record of 55-3-2, 39 KOs. Furthermore, his brutal power, runaway-train and in-your-face, all-night game plan has broken many a foe.
“Pac-Man” bursts out of the corner throwing punches with the baddest intentions. Mayweather barely survives the early onslaught—having been severely rocked on several occasions.
For the next four rounds, Money May is knocked from pillar to post, with only his ministry style of defense saving him from ultimate disaster.
In the second half of the fight, Money comes into his own and begins to unleash deft combinations and soul-destroying counter-punches.
Pacquiao’s stamina knows no bounds, but the accumulative effects of Mayweather’s punches are beginning to take its toll on the now weary Filipino native.
The 12th and final round sees both combatants take centre stage—the customary touch of gloves follows, and it’s on.
Pacquiao now needs a knockout to progress to the finals, and as a result, goes head hunting but to no avail. The wily Mayweather defensively sound as always slowly retreats from the oncoming fire, and in one fell swoop, unleashes a check-hook which sends Pacquiao to the canvas.
He beats the count, but Mayweather smelling blood goes in for the finish, and with Pacquiao unable to defend himself, referee Richard Cortez is left with little option than to call a halt to proceedings at the 1:55 mark.