Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision to remain undefeated on Saturday night.
The judges gave the bout to Mayweather by a relatively wide margin: 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.
But in the ring after the fight, Pacquiao said in his interview that he thinks he should have won because Mayweather avoided him in the ring.
Mayweather, who used his signature defence to neutralise Pacquiao’s typically aggressive, unorthodox style, eluded Pacquiao by dodging his punches and moving around the ring.
Pacquiao said afterward, “I thought I won the fight,” adding, “He didn’t do nothing.”
Pacquaio at one point referred to Mayweather’s style as “running.”
Whereas Pacquiao has often relied on flurries punches to take down opponents, Mayweather plays a safer style, offering jabs while dodging his opponents’ big shots. The combination of the two helped him outscore Pacquaio by a healthy margin:
Total punches landed: Mayweather 148, Pacquiao 81, per CompuBox.
— David Mayo (@David_Mayo) May 3, 2015
Per CompuBox: Mayweather threw 435 punches, landed 148 (34%). Pacquiao threw 429 punches, landed 81 (19%).
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 3, 2015
Even when Pacquiao had the chance to get in punches, Mayweather covered himself up well, minimising the damage, and taunting Pacquiao afterward:
While Pacquiao may have been frustrated by Mayweather’s style, this is what has made Mayweather so successful. He’s strategically cautious and uses his historically great defence with small jabs to ring up the score. Against a powerful hitter like Pacquiao, this was the perfect strategy.
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