Floyd Mayweather too good for Manny Pacquiao as he takes Fight of the Century on points to make record 48 unbeaten

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The Fight of the Century will not even be the Fight of the Year.

Neither Floyd Mayweather nor Manny Pacquiao came close to the knockout which the Money Man desired so desperately and the PacMan ended up needing so badly.

The bright start ebbed into a game of cat and mouse, Mayweather dodging and countering, Pacquiao charging and probably missing too often.

The richest fight of all time will be remembered for the mega-millions, the gigantic hype, the hordes on the Strip, the most manic media coverage of all time… and a physical chess match between two old masters.

Mayweather proved himself once again the grand master of the noble art of self defence. It was enough to settle the argument as to which of them is the greatest boxer of his generation. The man who is unbeaten in his 48 fights as a professional.

The judges may have done Pacquiao less than justice with scores of 118-110 and 116-112 twice. But although I had it a draw there can be no complaint.

Floyd Mayweather’s had too much for Manny Pacquiao (right) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Mayweather is now unbeaten in 48 fights after producing a boxing masterclass against his great pound-for-pound rival

Mayweather poses with his welterweight belts – the one he was awarded for this latest victory is worth $1m

Mayweather lets out a roar as he celebrates after the fight – the judges had no doubt who was the winner of the main event

The fighters had an embrace and a smile for each other after going at it for 12 energy-sapping rounds in Sin City

Pacquiao closes his eyes as he comes to terms with the loss after going the distance with Mayweather

Pacquiao has his hands up as Mayweather tries with a left – it was Mayweather’s straight punches that got the better of Pacquiao

Pacquiao blocks as Mayweather throws a right hand in the opening exchanges as the pair tried to find their range

Pacquiao struggled to get close enough to Mayweather to land any big shots in the first couple of rounds
Pacquiao protested: ‘I thought I won the fight. I hit him more times than he hit me. I hurt him more than he hurt me.’

But in reality so many of the rounds were so close that a preference for a style of boxing would have been enough to sway the outcome. Floyd is a clever chap, Manny a fun fellow.

Pacquiao expressed surprise at the width of the decision but in truth he left himself at the mercy of the judges by not throwing his usual volume of punches. Had he done so it might have been different.

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