LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather silenced any doubt about who is this generation’s greatest fighter with a conclusive unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao tonight at the MGM Grand.
Pacquiao’s usual aggression was non-existent as the Filipino icon struggled to get past Mayweather’s jab and establish his fast-paced offense. Pacquiao’s best moment came in round 4 when he stunned Mayweather with a counter left. As Mayweather covered up on the ropes, Pacquiao rained down power shots on Mayweather’s guard. Pacquiao had isolated moments in the rounds 6, 9 and 10 when he landed to the body, but his offense was tempered from check hooks and Mayweather’s control of distance.
Mayweather reduced Pacquiao to single digits connects in 9 of the 12 rounds. The scorecards reflected Maywether’s dominance via scores of 118-110 and 116-112 twice.
More on this developing story late tonight after the post-fight press conference.
LEO SANTA CRUZ UD10 JOSE CAYETANO: Leo Santa Cruz’s mismatch was against a fighter not even ranked in the Top 100 of the featherweight class. Cayetano displayed a sturdy chin and body, but was too undersized to offer anything else aside from sporadic counter attempts. Santa Cruz landed multitudes of rights hands but never appeared to hurt Cayetano. The scores were 100-90 across the board. Santa Cruz at least stated in his post-fight interview that he wants Abner Mares next. We’ll soon find out how serious he is.
LOMACHENKO KO9 RODRIGUEZ: Vasyl Lomachenko bided his time and delivered a class performance in scoring a knockout over Gamalier Rodriguez. Lomachenko did his best work when he delivered hooks downstairs and mixed in uppercuts. At times, Lomachenko’s amateur roots delayed the inevitable by his use of pitty-pat power shots just to keep Rodriguez guessing. The first knockdown came in the 7th on a delayed reaction to a straight left downstairs. A succession of right hooks forced Rodriguez to take a knee in 9th. He appeared to misjudge the count and rose just after 10.