And he was still King. The final bell sounded on the biggest fight in combat sports history, and there was no debate as to what viewers had just witnessed.  Like many “super fights” before it, the fight failed to live up to the considerable hype.  The only thing that overshadowed the massive media frenzy that came with the bout, was the over the top amount of money involved.

Rumors were plentiful in the pre fight moments, as it’s been said Mayweather would earn upwards of 180 Million, while Pacquiao would earn 120 million.  Not bad for a nights work.  The fight needed little in the way of promotion as the media took care of all the heavy lifting.  A record-shattering night in combat sports history was viewed by a who’s who of “A” list celebrities and former sports talent as well.  Denzel Washington, Magic Johnson, Michael Keaton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Christian Bale, just to name a few, were privyed to a so-so fight that had more historical meaning than action.

Mayweather and Pacquiao both showed moments of control in the fight.  Mayweather came out and tried to assert his dominance by being more aggressive than normal.  While “Money” never had Pacquiao hurt, he did control the tempo of the fight.  As I stated in the keys to victory, which can be viewed on this site, the lower the punch output by the fighters, the more it favored the undefeated champion.  However, not typical in a southpaw v. orthodox match up, Mayweather used a stinging jab to keep “Pac-Man” from entering successfully.

Pacquiao wasn’t without his moments though.  After an unusually slow start, Pacquiao was able to rock Mayweather in the fourth round. Pacquiao landed only 81/429 (exactly half of what I thought he needed in the Keys to Victory video) while Floyd landed 148/435. Standing in the center of the ring with Floyd would not be good for Pacquiao, but he did find himself pushing Mayweather into corners and against the ropes.  Unfortunately for Pacquiao, Mayweather was able to grab, hold and use great lateral movement to escape any damage.

Pacquiao, after the fight, said he thought he had, “won the fight” due to aggression.  While the crowd was definitely on his side, it was a clear victory for Mayweather in most eyes. I personally had the fight 116-112 as did 2 of the official judges, while the 3rd had the score 118-110 Floyd said that Pacquiao is at the top of boxing for a reason, he’s a great fighter.  When asked about his future, Mayweather stated he would have his final fight in September.

While “super fights” and “mega match-ups” rarely live up to the hype, they sure get our attention.  Seeing 2 fighters that have dominated the sport finally face off gets us excited and gives us an opportunity to witness history.  Kudos to both men for finally stepping in the ring to test themselves, more top talent should do the same.

Mayweather and Pacquaio are both in the twilight of their careers, but still get us excited as well as sell PPV’s and tickets.  Mayweather definitely solidified his spot as the best fighter of his generation and the war wages on about possibly being  TBE, The Best Ever.

 

About The Author

Josh Cate
Staff Writer

Josh Cate started his martial arts training 27 years ago. Josh become instantly passionate about the arts. One road led to another in his journey. Josh holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, 2nd degree black belt in Shingitai Jiu-jitsu, 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Brown belt in Judo. In 1998 he had his first professional MMA bout. A bronze medalist at the BJJ nationals, gold medalist at the Jiu-jitsu World Cup, NAGA national champion are a just a few of the many awards on Josh's list of accomplishments. Aside from owning and operating Team Kaos MMA/BJJ in Knoxville, Tennessee, Josh has started working with Valor Fighting Championships and occasionally writes for mma websites. Be on the lookout for the Full Frontal MMA podcast that he is getting ready to launch as well. Josh is truly grateful for all of the opportunities MMA has given him and looks forward to this chapter with The MMA Corner!