Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to be without peer in a boxing ring after he earned a dominant decision victory over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
According to HBO Boxing, the judges scored it 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 in favor of Mayweather:
Some fans might be a bit dissatisfied with the result and the way the fight unfolded. However, it is another testament to Mayweather's talent. He is the best of his generation and illustrated why against Pacquiao.
This bout was quite literally years in the making. After various false dawns, many boxing fans gave up hope altogether that Mayweather and Pacquiao would ever clash in the ring. And if it happened, it would've been way past the expiration date, similar to Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson's highly anticipated 2002 battle.
It's impossible to say whether another fight will ever approach this kind of hype and anticipation, but Mayweather vs. Pacquiao looks like the last superfight for some time.
The outcome will almost certainly help define the legacies of both boxers.
Pacquiao was the one remaining conquest for Mayweather, while a victory for Pac-Man could have improved his status among the greatest fighters of all time.
Even though this was the biggest night of Pacquiao's career, the pressure didn't seem to faze him. He snapped this selfie as he walked to the ring:
Most expected Pac-Man to dominate the early rounds, since Mayweather has built a reputation for starting fights slowly as he feels out his opponent.
According to Wall Street Journal Sports, Mayweather had Pacquiao right where he wanted him from the opening bell.
On Saturday, Mayweather decided to go on the offensive, peppering Pacquiao with blows while avoiding any substantial damage. Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel thought it was a worrisome sign for Pacquiao if he couldn't find his footing in the first couple of rounds:
Pacquiao had a brief flurry in the fourth round where he tagged Mayweather with consecutive substantial blows. The unbeaten champ looked a little worse for wear, covering up to avoid the onslaught. CNN's Ivan Watson noted that the crowd in the Philippines was hanging on every one of Pacquiao's punches:
Those fans had a good time in the fourth, but Mayweather quickly regained his bearings in the fifth and set the tone for the fight. Mike Tyson felt that Mayweather was doing a great job of manipulating Pacquiao:
Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times felt that Pacquiao was unable to angle himself so as to stop Mayweather from darting left and right:
Pretty soon, it became apparent that anything short of a knockout would mean a win for Mayweather. His defense was on point, and Pacquiao was chasing shadows. Al Bernstein, on the call for the pay-per-view, fittingly labeled Mayweather's style, per Bleacher Report's Jonathan Snowden:
Pacquiao enjoyed a few more moments where he connected with the occasional shot on Mayweather and looked like he might turn the fight around. In the end, those were only brief respites as Mayweather sucked the life out of the clash and suffocated Pacquiao's offense.
ESPN's Jeff Borzello felt the fight was reminiscent of Mayweather's previous 47 fights:
ESPN Stats & Info illustrated how Mayweather is nearly impossible to beat in the late rounds:
By the time the 12th round wrapped up, Mayweather appeared to be the clear victor. Snowden noted that sometimes that isn't enough to accurately predict a winner:
Few can argue with the final result.
The immediate question many will ask is whether this was the first and last time Mayweather and Pacquiao will face off. Despite Mayweather looking like the much stronger fighter, plenty of fans would tune into a rematch to see if Pacquiao might have more luck the second time around.
Of course, money talks, and another massive payday might sway Mayweather.
For now, though, it would seem Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is a one-off event, and if that proves true, then the argument as to who is the superior fighter looks to be firmly settled.
It should come as little surprise that both Mayweather and Pacquiao will be more than fairly compensated for their efforts Saturday night. According to Rafael, Mayweather will take 60 percent of the purse, while Pacquiao will earn 40 percent.
Just how much money that amounts to is unknown, but Rafael estimated in February that the figure could be as high as $400 million.