Floyd Mayweather Jr. completely dominated Manny Pacquiao on the scorecards during Saturday's megafight, outboxing his longtime rival on his way to an easy win by unanimous decision. The final punch stats indicated his dominance, as shared by MailOnline Sport:
Most will have expected Money to find some success with his jab coming into this fight, but even the fiercest Mayweather fan likely didn't expect the undefeated pound-for-pound king to throw more punches overall than Pacquiao.
The boxing world was in awe after watching the one-sided display, a fight that had been years in the making. British super-middleweight division star Carl Froch was very impressed:
In fact, Pacquiao was probably one of the few who didn't share his sentiments:
Pacquiao's camp was hardly impressed with Mayweather's style of boxing and, as reported by BBC Sport, revealed the Filipino slugger entered the bout with a shoulder injury he suffered in training a few weeks back. The injury likely affected the outcome of the bout greatly, as Pac-Man never displayed his usual tenacity in the ring.
Most of the fighting took place in the centre, where it was easy for Money to use his superior reach to keep his opponent at bay. Pacquiao was forced to lunge forward often and expose himself to the right-hand counter, which Floyd used to perfection.
After 12 rounds of one-sided action, the scorecards looked like this, per ESPN's David Kull:
Pacquiao had Mayweather in a spot of trouble once, early in the fourth round, but while he found space to land a devastating left hook, Money never looked hurt. He comfortably survived the few flurries Pacquiao threw at him and kept on tagging his opponent with the right-hand lead and jab.
The jab may have been the biggest difference maker. As shared by CompuBox, Pacquiao simply couldn't get his volume up, although they too wondered whether the shoulder injury had something to do with that:
Pac-Man's injury will likely have his camp talking about a potential rematch in the coming weeks, but it's difficult to see such a bout happening. Making this megafight happen once took the better part of the last decade, and after Saturday's lopsided battle, one has to wonder whether Money would want to do all of that again.
According to Eurosport.com, Amir Khan believes he could be Mayweather's final opponent when he steps into the ring in September:
Like Pacquiao, Khan has been asking for a chance at Mayweather for years, and this has the making of a bout fans would love to see―and pay good money for. A rematch with Pac-Man may not be as successful, after what fans saw on Saturday, per ESPN Stats & Info:
On some level, it's a shame. If Pacquiao's shoulder injury was as bad as his entourage claimed, he deserves an opportunity to settle matters with his biggest rival inside the ring once and for all.
But the Pac-Man looked his age on Saturday, shoulder injury or not, and he was thoroughly dominated by the pound-for-pound king. With that in mind, don't expect a rematch to take place.