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HE COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT Manny Pacquiao bores in against smooth dancer Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their catch-me-if-you-can encounter at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP 
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather wins by unanimous decision. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA/INQUIRER READMORE, START ROUND 1 Clear Mayweather round...

ALSO: Pacquiao does not want to make alibis despite shoulder pain Roy Luarca


LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao’s initial reaction was that he had been robbed of victory against Floyd Mayweather Jr. But having done some thinking and after changing to a white long-sleeve shirt and black pants, Pacquiao had some reservations about what really transpired in their colossal battle for pride, glory and money Saturday night. “I did my best…” Pacquiao opened up during the post-fight conference. “Anyway I’d like to thank the people who came to witness the fight. I don’t want to make alibis. It was a good 12 rounds. I fought a good fight.”  To be fair to Mayweather, Pacquiao said he had to review the tape of the fight “to see what really happened.” Of course, with one good hand, Pacquiao became an easier, more readable target for Mayweather, who sneaked in punches to prevent the Filipino ring icon from launching a full-blown attack starting from the seventh round. From the second to the fourth round, Pacquiao had the better of Mayweather, who was still trying to figure him out. READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd attacked my injured shoulder, says Pacquiao


Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, hits Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP
Filipino people’s champ Manny Pacquiao suspects that someone “leaked” to Floyd Mayweather about his injured right shoulder which his opponent continuously attacked during their fight Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila). Pacquiao said he believed that his injury was “leaked” to Mayweather who “knew” of the handicap and “targeted” it, sports reporter Dyan Castillejo told radio dzMM quoting the boxer. No one knew of the injured shoulder except Pacquiao’s camp and the Nevada Athletic Commission, Pacquiao’s camp reportedly told members of media. Pacquiao reportedly said that he first injured his right shoulder when he made a wrong move while riding a jet ski sometime in 2009. However, he described it only as “minor.”  READ MORE..., PHOTO OF MANNY WITH INJURED SHOULDER...

ALSO NO PEOPLES’ CHAMPION:Running, untouched Floyd is no good Floyd


LAS VEGAS — For all that Floyd Mayweather says it's not in his make-up to lose, there's one fight he just can't seem to win. Mayweather burnished his perfect ring record and reputation as a consummate craftsman with a 12-round unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday only to depart the MGM Grand Garden Arena to a chorus of jeers. It was an unequivocal victory that stamped the 48-0 American the best of his era. But in the crowning moment of his career, the 38-year-old champion was defiant in the face of the evidence that his undeniable skills haven't earned him a place in the hearts of boxing fans of greats like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard. Mayweather professes not to care.
"A 19-year career with no punishment on the body — and the money," he says of what he considers the defining characteristics of his greatness. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather failed to convince the greats


Mayweather ignores jeers in moment of triumph By Afp
Floyd Mayweather's emphatic win over Manny Pacquiao sealed his status as a boxing great, but it triggered an outcry in the Philippines and divided opinion amongst the sports legends.
Feinting and dancing his way to a unanimous decision, Mayweather comfortably picked off Pacquiao over 12 rounds to extend his 19-year unbeaten record to 48-0.
But the lucrative bout hyped as the "Fight of the Century" failed to pack the visceral punch seen in some of boxing's most celebrated confrontations, and Mayweather's win was booed by sections of a 16,507 crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Yet the jeers could not obscure a clear win for the skillful Mayweather, with judges awarding him the decision by margins of 118-110 and 116-112. Mayweather, who retained his World Boxing Association welterweight titles and seized Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization crown, faced down his detractors immediately after the fight, clambering on the ring ropes and yelling: "I told you!"  "Everyone said this guy could beat Floyd, that Floyd is a chicken," Mayweather said. "The non-believers, well Floyd turned them into believers."  Underwhelmed  Not everyone was converted, however, with former world champion Oscar de la Hoya, who lost a split decision to Mayweather in 2007, bemoaning his "running style."  READ MORE...


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LAS VEGAS, MAY4, 2015 (INQUIRER) Christian V. Esguerra @inquirerdotnet


HE COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT Manny Pacquiao bores in against smooth dancer Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their catch-me-if-you-can encounter at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP

Round 1 Mayweather is dictating the pace early and controlling the distance. Pacquiao can’t get to him. Mayweather connects with a couple of counter rights. No damage. Clear Mayweather round.

Round 2 Pacquiao starts to find his range but is still not landing anything significant. Mayweather, too elusive, catches Pacquiao on the way in. Mayweather hits Pacquiao on the thigh during a clinch, crowd boos. This could be a long night for the Filipino superstar. Another Mayweather round.

Round 3 Mayweather is still controlling the fight. His reach advantage, coupled with a great footwork, is a puzzle for Pacquiao. Pacquiao catches Mayweather with a right hook. Mayweather is not falling for Pacquiao’s feints. Mayweather headlocks the Filipino, crowd doesn’t like it. Pacquiao needs to find his groove. Mayweather leads, 3-0.

Round 4 Mayweather is moving well. Pacquiao, still pressing the action, drills Mayweather with a powerful left and flurries on the ropes. Mayweather covers up like a turtle, maybe hurt a bit. Good round for Pacquiao.

Round 5 Mayweather is sharp with his left hook and right straight counters. Pacquiao is really taking chances but Mayweather is just too slick. Mayweather drives Pacquiao to the ropes, nails him with a straight right. Mayweather round. Mayweather dictates fight

Round 6 Right hands by Mayweather are connecting. Pacquiao responds with a flurry. Nice body shot by Pacquiao. Mayweather is nailed with another left straight, Pacquiao’s most effective punch, so far. Pacquiao round.

Round 7 Pacquiao is caught with a left hook on the way in. Mayweather studies Pacquiao’s feints well, moves away before Pacquiao can move in. Mayweather is still dictating the fight. Another round in the bank for him.

Round 8 Pacquiao is landing. Good sign. Pacquiao just misses with a looping left. Mayweather connects with a right. Pacquiao clearly has a plan to neutralize the counters. Mayweather, not allowing him, times his punches perfectly. Mayweather lines Pacquiao up for the right hand. Mayweather round.

Round 9 Pacquiao connects with a left. Mayweather tags him with a counter right after Pacquiao unleashes a combo. Mayweather is making Pacquiao miss a lot. Pacquiao is not gun-shy but needs to find Mayweather more often. Pacquiao round, but could have been easily Mayweather’s. Masterful boxing

Round 10 Left straight-right hook combo nails Mayweather against the ropes. Aggressive Pacquiao tries hard to corner his foe. Pacquiao round.

Round 11 Mayweather starts out aggressively. Mayweather tags Pacquiao with right hands. Mayweather firmly in control. Masterful boxing by Mayweather. Another round for him.

Round 12 Pacquiao needs a KO. Mayweather fires jabs, keeping Pacquiao at bay with movement and sharp counters. Pacquiao is still trying. But nothing much for him in that flurry. Final seconds. Mayweather dances away, raises his hand in a seemingly rather easy victory.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao does not want to make alibis despite shoulder pain Roy Luarca @RoyLuarcaINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer 8:27 PM | Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao’s initial reaction was that he had been robbed of victory against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

But having done some thinking and after changing to a white long-sleeve shirt and black pants, Pacquiao had some reservations about what really transpired in their colossal battle for pride, glory and money Saturday night.
“I did my best…” Pacquiao opened up during the post-fight conference. “Anyway I’d like to thank the people who came to witness the fight. I don’t want to make alibis. It was a good 12 rounds. I fought a good fight.”

To be fair to Mayweather, Pacquiao said he had to review the tape of the fight “to see what really happened.”

Of course, with one good hand, Pacquiao became an easier, more readable target for Mayweather, who sneaked in punches to prevent the Filipino ring icon from launching a full-blown attack starting from the seventh round.

From the second to the fourth round, Pacquiao had the better of Mayweather, who was still trying to figure him out.

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Once Mayweather, touted as one of the sport’s best counterpunchers and tacticians, found Pacquiao’s loopholes, however, the fight took a spiral for the eight-division world champion.

In fact, Mayweather swept the last six rounds, according to the three judges.

Pacquiao, however, couldn’t believe that the bout was as lopsided — 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 — as what judges’ scorecards showed.

“I thought I caught him many times. I was never hurt. I was very surprised by the scores,” said Pacquiao, who then made a candid admission that all had not really been well in his seven-week training camp in Hollywood.

“You know, this training camp I thought we’re planning to postpone as I could not use my right hand,” said Pacquiao. “We planned to seek commission exemption (painkillers) for the numbing in my right shoulder.”

While he was able to control the pain, Pacquiao admitted that two weeks before the fight, his shoulder didn’t really get better. “I realized, something was wrong.”

According to Pacquiao, he had an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) three weeks before the fight, and found out that there was a tear on his right shoulder.

Despite absorbing his sixth loss against 57 wins (38 by knockout) and two draws, Pacquiao wasn’t in a foul mood.

“I’m very happy with the result. I fought a good fight. I cannot use my right hand a lot, but it’s still good. It’s still there.”

Pacquiao then gave Mayweather credit for the fight, witnessed by a packed crowd of 16,507 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“He’s fast. He’s a good boxer. Give the credit to him. He won the fight.”

On the prodding of the media, however, Pacquiao was forced to admit that his right shoulder hurt when he threw a lot of punches and combinations.
“I didn’t complain as it’s part of the game. I didn’t want to make alibis.”


INQUIRER

Floyd attacked my injured shoulder, says Pacquiao INQUIRER.net 10:59 AM | Monday, May 4th, 2015


Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, hits Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP

Filipino people’s champ Manny Pacquiao suspects that someone “leaked” to Floyd Mayweather about his injured right shoulder which his opponent continuously attacked during their fight Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila).

Pacquiao said he believed that his injury was “leaked” to Mayweather who “knew” of the handicap and “targeted” it, sports reporter Dyan Castillejo told radio dzMM quoting the boxer.

No one knew of the injured shoulder except Pacquiao’s camp and the Nevada Athletic Commission, Pacquiao’s camp reportedly told members of media.

Pacquiao reportedly said that he first injured his right shoulder when he made a wrong move while riding a jet ski sometime in 2009. However, he described it only as “minor.”

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It was injured again during training three weeks ago, when he made a hard punch during a sparring session.

Pacquiao has been reported as saying that during their fight, he felt Mayweather pulling on his shoulder during the times that the American hugged him in a bid to escape his flurry of punches. CB

Top Rank Promotions release Manny's injured shoulder photo

Top Rank Promotions has released a picture on Monday showing Filipino people’s champ Manny Pacquiao wearing a sling around his injured right shoulder.

The picture, which appeared on Top Rank’s official Twitter page, shows Pacquiao smiling while nursing the injury which he reportedly suffered during an intense sparring session three weeks ago.

READ: Pacquiao’s shoulder injury kept secret from public

The tweet said: “@MannyPacquiao today in his hotel room. He injured his right shoulder sparring in training camp. It hasn’t healed.”

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan revealed that he had a tear on the shoulder. The Filipino boxer said that he could not use his right hand “100 percent” during the fight with Mayweather.

Two hours before the fight, Pacquiao’s camp requested the Nevada Athletic Commission to allow him to inject painkillers but it was denied because it was already too close to the fight.

Despite the injury, Pacquiao fought the undefeated American fighter saying “he doesn’t want to make alibis.” Mayweather won through unanimous decision and kept his professional boxing record unblemished. AJH


TRIBUNE

NO PEOPLES’ CHAMPION:Running, untouched Floyd is no good Floyd Written by AFP and Tribune Wires Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

LAS VEGAS — For all that Floyd Mayweather says it's not in his make-up to lose, there's one fight he just can't seem to win.

Mayweather burnished his perfect ring record and reputation as a consummate craftsman with a 12-round unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday only to depart the MGM Grand Garden Arena to a chorus of jeers.

It was an unequivocal victory that stamped the 48-0 American the best of his era.

But in the crowning moment of his career, the 38-year-old champion was defiant in the face of the evidence that his undeniable skills haven't earned him a place in the hearts of boxing fans of greats like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Mayweather professes not to care.

"A 19-year career with no punishment on the body — and the money," he says of what he considers the defining characteristics of his greatness.

READ MORE....
Those hallmarks, however, diminish him in the eyes of some.

Mayweather's impressive resume lacks the kind of wars that make the greatest ring theater: Ali versus Joe Frazier, Marvin Hagler versus Thomas Hearns.

Although he's ridden his perfect record to a reign as the highest-paid sportsman in the world, his insistence that the money is the goal makes him hard to root for.

Making it even harder is a string of incidents of violence against women — including a two-month jail stint for assaulting the mother of three of his children.

Perhaps it's no wonder Mayweather sounded tired of it all.

"At one particular time, I loved the sport of boxing," he said. "I wanted to go to every fight. But I've just lost the love of the sport.

"My love and my passion for boxing is not the same, like it once was, but this is my job, to go out there and be at my best when doing my job."

Mayweather insists that breaking Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record is not a goal for him.

He says he'll retire after one more fight in September -- and it may not even be for a championship if he follows through with a plan to relinquish all of his title belts.

Who the opponent will be — and whether Pacquiao might get a re-match — wasn't a topic he cared to entertain immediately after the fight.

"It hasn't even been even two hours," he said.


TRIBUNE

Mayweather failed to convince the greats Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00


Mayweather ignores jeers in moment of triumph By Afp

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather's emphatic win over Manny Pacquiao sealed his status as a boxing great, but it triggered an outcry in the Philippines and divided opinion amongst the sports legends.
Feinting and dancing his way to a unanimous decision, Mayweather comfortably picked off Pacquiao over 12 rounds to extend his 19-year unbeaten record to 48-0.
But the lucrative bout hyped as the "Fight of the Century" failed to pack the visceral punch seen in some of boxing's most celebrated confrontations, and Mayweather's win was booed by sections of a 16,507 crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Yet the jeers could not obscure a clear win for the skillful Mayweather, with judges awarding him the decision by margins of 118-110 and 116-112.
Mayweather, who retained his World Boxing Association welterweight titles and seized Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization crown, faced down his detractors immediately after the fight, clambering on the ring ropes and yelling: "I told you!"
"Everyone said this guy could beat Floyd, that Floyd is a chicken," Mayweather said. "The non-believers, well Floyd turned them into believers."
Underwhelmed
Not everyone was converted, however, with former world champion Oscar de la Hoya, who lost a split decision to Mayweather in 2007, bemoaning his "running style."
 

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"Sorry boxing fans," De La Hoya wrote on Twitter. "Call me old school but I like the fans getting their money's worth by watching an action-packed fight."
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who had picked Pacquiao to win, wrote on Twitter: "We waited five years for that ... #underwhelmed."
Former world champion Barry McGuigan called the fight "boringly one-sided."
Fans in the Philippines echoed the disappointment of those in the ring, crying foul over the judges' decision and claiming their man was robbed of victory.
Filipino politicians and public figures ranging from the head of the army to swimsuit models weighed in on the decision, lining up to cry foul in a land where Pacquiao, 36, is revered as a national hero.
Pacquiao, who said after the fight a shoulder injury had hindered his performance, insisted he had done enough to win the bout.
"I thought I won the fight," he said. "He didn't do nothing."
Some people want blood
But other fight figures praised Mayweather's exhibition of elusive ringcraft.
Britain's Lennox Lewis on Twitter said: "If U can't catch it you can't hit it #Maypac that pretty much sums up the fight.
"Some ppl want blood & get disappointed when they don't get it. Doesn't take away from the fact that Floyd is a great technician."
Frank Bruno hailed Floyd Mayweather as a supreme "craftsman" of the ring.
"In this generation you have to go very, very far before you can be a skilled craftsman, businessman, technician, professional and a king in knowing his craft," he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek program.
"As a boxer you've got to admire him, he's got to go down as one of the greats."
The debate washed over Mayweather as he retreated to count his winnings, estimated at more than $200 million for a night's work.
"I am the American dream," Mayweather said, reiterating his insistence that he plans to retire in September after one more win that would see him level Rocky Marciano's legendary milestone of 49-0.
"My last fight is in September. I'll do that and I will hang it up," said Mayweather.
Pacquiao will receive well over $100 million in a 60-40 purse split the fighters agreed to beforehand, with revenues believed to have soared past $400 million.
The unprecedented interest in the fight saw the entrance of the boxers delayed about 45 minutes as heavy demand for the pay-per-view telecast overwhelmed broadcasters and created technical problems.
The audience at ringside read like a who's who of Hollywood and the sports world with director Clint Eastwood, actors Robert de Niro, Jon Voight, Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, musician Sting and former National Basketball Association star Magic Johnson in the crowd.


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