After emerging as victor Mayweather says: ‘I take my hat off to Manny’

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The fight of the century is finally over with the undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather winning via unanimous decision at 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 against People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao. But, the champion boxer acknowledged his felled opponent by saying: “He’a a hell of a fighter, I take my hat off Manny. Now I see why he’s one of the guys who is at the pinnacle of the sport of boxing.”

Based on report, Mayweather, who seemed to have had an uneasy start, seized momentum and gained control of the scorecards from round seven onwards.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, appeared as the aggressor especially during the early phase of the most lucrative combat; stalking Mayweather into the ropes and unloading his trademark punching flurries while cutting off the ring to great effect.

In an interview right after the bout, Mayweather said, “I knew he was going to push me. I knew he was going to win some rounds. He had moments in the fight, but I kept him on the outside. I was the smarter fighter. I outboxed him.”

On the other hand, Pacquiao (57-6-2) stated in an interview that he thought he had won the fight as he further claimed Mayweather “did nothing” and was largely running away throughout the bout.

Based on official fight statistics, Pacquiao landed double-digit punch totals just three times over the course of 12 rounds, with Mayweather’s movement and defense allegedly proving ‘too stultifying for Pacquiao to overcome.’

Meanwhile, Mayweather disclosed his last fight  will happen in September. “I’m almost 40 years old. I’ve been in the sport 19 years, I’ve been world champion 18 years. I’m truly thankful and I’m blessed,” he added.

The showdown between the two best boxers of their generation, dubbed the ‘Fight of the Century’, had been more than five years in the making and is dubbed as the biggest-grossing prize bout of all time.