Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Round-by-Round Analysis and Recap

Briggs Seekins@BriggsfighttalkFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2015

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Round-by-Round Analysis and Recap

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    After years of waiting and 12 rounds of boxing on Saturday night, the decision is in. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has beaten Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in Las Vegas. 

    Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 118-110 and judges Burt Clements and Glenn Feldman both had it 116-112. 

    Pacquiao had his moments in the fight, but it ultimately was not close. All fight long, Pacquiao came forward at the same predictable direction. Mayweather was consistently able to control the pace and tempo of the fight behind his jab and sneaky right hand. 

    Pacquiao shocked HBO's Max Kellerman by claiming that he thought he won the fight in his post-fight, in-ring interview. Hopefully that was disappointment speaking and he'll back off on such a sour-grapes remark. 

    Read on to see analysis of how each round of the superfight unfolded, and why Mayweather ultimately came out on top.  

Round 1

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    As the crowd rose to their feet and issued a collective roar, both men moved to the center of the ring and looked to establish the jab and control the terrain. Within the first minute, there was little sign of aggression from Pacquiao as Mayweather kept the fight in front of him and worked behind his jab.

    Just over a minute into the round, Mayweather landed a solid right to the chin of Pacquiao. Pacquiao hardly looked panicked, but he was clearly wary and unable to create the angle he wanted.

    Pacquiao landed another sneaky right with about 35 seconds left in the round. As the round ended, Mayweather moved into the corner but dipped under Pacquiao's lead hook and clinched.  

Round 2

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    Manny Pacquiao managed to work Floyd Mayweather into the corner early in Round 2, but he was unable to keep him trapped. Pacquiao continued to attempt to move on the outside and locate an angle for an attack while Mayweather continued to move laterally behind his jab. 

    Just over halfway into the round, Pacquiao did a nice job of double-jabbing his way inside and making it momentarily rough against a corner. Mayweather worked outside and continued to jab and then landed a sharp right hand just before the two-minute mark. 

    Inside of 30 seconds, Pacquiao landed a nice left, his best punch of the fight so far. 

Round 3

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    Manny Pacquiao has continued to lunge straight in, ending up off balance. Mayweather has controlled the terrain and held whenever Pacquiao gets close. 

    Pacquiao managed to trap Mayweather against the ropes at the halfway mark of the round but lunged forward and made himself easy to clinch. 

    Mayweather continued to hold within the last minute of the round, applying what frankly looked like a front headlock at one point.

    As the round closed out, Pacquiao continued to chase and swing at air, though he landed a nice left late in the round. Mayweather came back with a straight right inside the last 10 seconds. 

Round 4

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    Through the first three rounds, Floyd Mayweather outlanded Pacquiao in power punches 49 percent to 21 percent. 

    Mayweather spent much of the first half of the round moving himself to the ropes and the corner, allowing Pacquiao to get off more offense. Just inside the 1:30 mark, Pacquiao landed a solid left hand and drove Mayweather against the ropes and let loose a flurry that electrified the crowd. 

    Rather than risk punching himself out, Pacquiao disengaged. Inside one minute, he landed a nice right hook to Pacquiao. This was by far the best round of the fight for Pac. 

Round 5

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    After tasting a hard shot from Manny Pacquiao in the previous round, Floyd Mayweather looked to re-establish the fight in the center of the ring. At 1:50, Mayweather unleashed two solid right hands that backed Pacquiao up. 

    At 1:30, Mayweather sneaked in another right. Inside the final minute of the round, Mayweather appeared to have shifted back into control of the pace and tempo, thanks to his accurate counter right hand. 

Round 6

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    Manny Pacquiao came out for Round 6 looking to grab control of the fight's pace and let loose a flurry early. Mayweather blocked and avoided all the punches, but it allowed Pacquiao to land a solid left a beat or two later. 

    Pacquiao continued to have more success backing Mayweather up and landing left hands. Pacquiao let loose with a flurry against the ropes at about 1:10 that made the crowd cheer. Mayweather shook his head, to indicate it wasn't a substantial scoring burst, but it probably looked good to the judges. 

    Mayweather successfully used his jab to control distance along the ropes for the last 40 seconds or so of the round, but Pacquiao could very easily have taken this round with the judges. 

Round 7

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    After half of the fight, it looked like Mayweather was probably winning, but Pacquiao had created enough big moments to have at least two and possibly three rounds. 

    Mayweather came out and once more attempted to move the terrain of the fight into the center of the ring. He was consistently able to get off first with his jab and slow down the pace of the fight over the first two minutes of the round. 

    Pacquiao landed a very nice left hand with about 40 seconds left in the round, but for the most part, Mayweather kept Pacquiao off balance in this round. 

Round 8

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    It was more of the same story for much of this round, with Floyd Mayweather punching much more accurately but Manny Pacquiao pushing the aggression. I wouldn't call it effective aggression, for the most part, but it's hard to know how a judge will score it, especially with the crowd noise. 

    Mayweather landed two of his best check-hooks of the fight inside of the last minute of the round. 

Round 9

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    Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been very critical of his son in the corner between rounds during this fight, even though Junior very much appears to be winning. But a fight game veteran with Mayweather Sr.'s experience no doubt understands the need to make it look as convincing as possible to the judges. 

    As far as action in the round, it continued to be a story of Mayweather controlling the pace and landing far more accurately than Pacquiao. I can already hear Pacquiao's fans and Mayweather's haters crying that Mayweather "ran all night."

    But he's simply showing that he's the better ring general, in my opinion. 

    Pacquiao landed a very hard right hook with just over 10 seconds to go in the round, but he did not have time to follow up on it and Mayweather was able to clinch and stall his way out of trouble. 

Round 10

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    As the fight entered the championship rounds, Manny Pacquiao continued to have tremendous difficulty coming forward and successfully landing hard on Floyd Mayweather without getting clipped by straight rights or check hooks. 

    Pacquiao did manage to force Mayweather into the corner for a flurry at about 1:40 and 0:45. He didn't land anything substantial, but it might have been enough to give Pacquiao the round based on activity. 

Round 11

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    Floyd Mayweather came out for the early part of Round 11 looking like he might want to end things with a bang. He threw a couple of big right hands inside the first 30 seconds of the round. 

    Manny Pacquiao continued to gamely come forward in a straight line. It continued to leave him open for quick, sneaky right hands from Mayweather. 

    Mayweather landed another right flush just before the final minute. Pacquiao managed to drive Mayweather into the corner with about 40 seconds left, but Mayweather easily slipped out of danger. 

    Inside of 30 seconds, Mayweather scored with a solid check hook. Inside of 20 seconds, Mayweather looked completely confident and aggressively moved forward, trying to land a big right hand that just missed. 

Round 12

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    Floyd Mayweather came out with a wide smile as the final round began. The two fighters embraced in the center of the ring.

    Despite seeming to need a knockout to win, Manny Pacquiao showed very low energy in the final round. He employed his same, predictable, straightforward movement and was never able to come close to trapping Mayweather and getting him in trouble. 

    As the seconds ticked away, Mayweather confidently moved around and held his hands high. 


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