How it happened: Round-by-round sequence of Floyd’s win v Pacman
Floyd Mayweather won ‘the fight of the century’ via decision over
Manny Pacquiao in an engrossing battle in Las Vegas.
The ringside judges ruled it 118-110 and two scores of 116-112 in
favour of the unbeaten and now unified welterweight champion.
While cynics expected Mayweather to sit back and use his superior
reach to pick off Pacquiao throughout the contest, the American started
the fight pro-active and steadfast, maintaining his position in the middle
of the ring.
Pacquiao struggled to find his range and took some good shots as he
dropped all three of the initial rounds, but lit up the MGM Grand with an
excellent fourth, including a left hand which visibly shook the favourite.
In the end, this is how it looked.
ROUND BY ROUND
Round one: The expected cautious start from both, though Mayweather
holds fort in the middle of the ring and lands a few solid rights. Pacquiao
finally corners him in the final 10 seconds but Floyd immediately ties him
up. 10-9 Mayweather.
Round two: Mayweather continues to use his reach and speed to have
the upper hand. Couple of lands by Pacquiao but a few more for the
unbeaten ‘Money’. 20-18 Mayweather.
Round three: Mayweather is reeling off the right with excellent timing
and hits another good one in the dying seconds. He’s spoiling when
Pacquiao does get a decent chance but it’s working. 30-27
Round four: Pacquiao finally starts landing some good shots including a
strong flurry that Mayweather cannot defend as well as he had been,
followed by a strong left to the face when Floyd tried to brush it all off.
Manny needed that. 39-37 Mayweather.
Round five: Not a great deal from Mayweather but he’s neutered
Pacquiao again after Manny’s hot round four. Back to a three-round
advantage. 49-46 Mayweather.
Round six: Superb round from Pacquiao – no superb shot on par with
the left in the fourth but more attacking flurries. Mayweather again trying
to shrug them off but they’re landing. 58-56 Mayweather.
Round seven: Most even and one of the most open rounds of the fight,
but while Pacquiao continues to set the tempo after two good rounds in
the previous three, Mayweather’s counter-punching is back on song.
Manny’s aggression stood out here. 67-66 Mayweather.
Round eight: After starting off the round hot, Pacquiao ends it a little
despondent after being picked off more than once on the counter-punch
by that overhand right. So accurate. Important round for Mayweather.
Round nine: Floyd trying to stick to his flow and having some success
but Pacquiao’s not growing frustrated as others have at this stage and
just nicked that round. 86-85 Mayweather.
Round 10: Floyd nicks round 10 with excellent defensive work. The
most ‘typical Floyd’ round of the fight so far. Pacquiao visibly annoyed
at the end of that one. 96-94 Mayweather.
Round 11: We’re entering Mayweather teritory here. Pacquiao doesn’t
seem to have much else to offer. Floyd has him sussed. He could win
the rounds at the end here that ensure even the most crowd-swayed
judge goes for Floyd. 106-103 Mayweather.
Round 12: Very comfortable from Mayweather to finish – he knows
Pacquiao has run out of ideas and pretty much walks his opponent
through a cat-and-mouse final stanza to ensure victory. 116-112