May 3, 2015
By Ken Thorbourne
Floyd Mayweather Jr. improved his boxing record to a perfect 48-0 with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Las Vegas.
For those who were rooting for a slam-bam affair last night in Las Vegas, you’re probably sorely disappointed. What you got instead was a typical Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight — a careful and calculated shredding of his opponent.
Improving his record to a perfect 48-0, Mayweather scored a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao in a fight that was a chess match, with Mayweather using his jab to keep Pacquiao away most of the fight. Pacquiao tried to force the action, but Mayweather was often out of his reach by the time he found his way inside.
Star-Ledger columnist Mark Di Ionno writes today that fans who shelled out 90 bucks to watch a brawl shouldn’t have been surprised.
“Last night, they paid to see Floyd Mayweather stand and fight, which he never does. They paid to see Manny Pacquaio chase him down, corner him, and make him stand and fight. That didn’t happen, either,” writes Di Ionno.
After the fight, it was disclosed that Pacquiao injured his right shoulder in training and that Nevada boxing commissioners denied his request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight.
Both men were winners financially.
The purse, the majority of it from pay-per-view revenue from several million American households paying about $90 each to watch, was estimated at roughly $300 million. The contract called for Mayweather to receive 60 percent, win or lose.
Mayweather was asked to confirm that he received a $100 million check after the fight, and soon pulled it from a pocket, The New York Times reported.
“The check got 9 figures on it, baby,” said Mayweather, whose payday could double as the revenues get tallied.