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Mayweather wins unanimous decision over Pacquiao in richest fight ever

Tim Dahlberg, The Associated Press | posted Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn’t the best.

Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation.

After the fight, it was disclosed that Pacquiao injured his right shoulder in training and that Nevada boxing commissioners denied a request for him to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight.

Pacquiao chased Mayweather around the ring most of the fight. But he was never able to land a sustained volume of punches, as Mayweather worked his defensive wizardry once again.

Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while the third had it 118-110. The Associated Press had Mayweather ahead 115-113.

“I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao. I see now why he is at the pinnacle of boxing,” Mayweather said. “I knew he was going to push me, win some rounds. I wasn’t being hit with a lot of shots until I sit in a pocket and he landed a lot of shots.”

The richest fight in boxing history — a bout that made Mayweather at least $180 million — wasn’t an artistic triumph for either fighter. Far from it, with long periods where both men fought cautiously, looking for an edge.

Pacquiao threw far fewer punches than he normally does in a fight, with Mayweather actually credited with throwing more.

That was largely because he didn’t throw his right hand often. Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao injured his shoulder sometime after March 11.

Arum said Pacquiao’s camp thought he would be allowed the anti-inflammatory shot because he had gotten them during training and they had been approved by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. But he said paperwork filed with the commission didn’t check the injury box, and the five Nevada commissioners decided in Pacquiao’s dressing room that he would not be allowed to take it.

“The ruling made tonight affected the outcome of the fight,” Arum said.

Still, Pacquiao thought he had won the bout, largely on the basis of a few left hands that seemed to shake Mayweather.

“I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing except move outside,” Pacquiao said. “I got him many times, I saw the punches.”

There were no knockdowns, and neither fighter seemed terribly hurt at any time. Pacquiao landed probably the biggest punch in the fight in the fourth round — a left hand that sent Mayweather into the ropes — but he wasn’t able to consistently land against the elusive champion.

The fight 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.

“He’s a very awkward fighter, so I had to take my time and watch him close,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather fought confidently in the late rounds, winning the last two rounds on all three scorecards. In the final seconds of the fight he raised his right hand in victory and after the bell rang stood on the ropes, pounding his heart with his gloves.

“You’re tough,” he said to Pacquiao, hugging him in the ring.

It was vintage Mayweather, even if it didn’t please the crowd of 16,507 that paid prices unheard of for a title fight. They cheered every time Pacquiao threw a punch, hoping against hope that he would land a big shot and become the first fighter to beat Mayweather.

But a good percentage of what he threw never landed. Mayweather often came back with straight right hands, then moved away before Pacquiao could respond.

“I thought we pulled it out,” Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said. “I asked my man to throw more combinations between rounds. I thought he fought flat-footed too many times.”

Ringside punch stats showed Mayweather landing 148 punches of 435, while Pacquiao landed 81 of 429. The volume of punches for Pacquiao was a lot lower than the 700 or more he usually throws in a fight as he tried to measure his aggression against an opponent who was hard to trap.

Five years in the making, the richest fight ever unfolded before a glittering crowd of celebrities, high rollers and people who had enough money to pay for ringside seats going for $40,000 and up. Before it did, though, it was delayed about a half hour because cable and satellite systems were having trouble keeping up with the pay-per-view demand.

They paid big money to watch two superstars fight for their legacies — and in Pacquiao’s case his country — in addition to the staggering paydays for both.

Pacquiao had vowed to take the fight to Mayweather and force him into a war. His camp thought Mayweather’s 38-year-old legs weren’t what they once were, and that he couldn’t be on the move the entire fight.

“He is moving around, not easy to throw punches when people moving around,” Pacquiao said. ” When he stayed, I threw a lot of punches. That’s a fight.”

But Mayweather proved them wrong, moving well and taking pot shots at Pacquiao. His only real moment of trouble came in the fourth round when Pacquiao landed his left hand and then flurried to Mayweather’s head on the ropes, but he escaped and shook his head at Pacquiao as if to say you didn’t hurt me.

In the corner between rounds, Mayweather’s father, Floyd Sr. kept yelling at his son to do more. But Mayweather was content to stick with what was working and not take a risk that could cost him the fight.

“I’m a calculated fighter, he is a tough competitor,” Mayweather said. “My dad wanted me to do more but Pacquiao is an awkward fighter.”

Mayweather said that his fight in September against a yet-to-be-determined opponent would be his last.

“I’m almost 40 years old now. I’ve been in the sport 19 years and have been a champion for 18 years. I’m truly blessed.”

Mayweather is also very rich, getting 60 per cent of the $300 million purse, depending on pay-per-view sales. The live gate alone was more than $70 million, and the bout was expected to easily smash the pay-per-view record of 2.48 million buys set in 2007 when Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya.

But while the frenzy over the fight pushed up tickets to 3-4 times their retail price the week of the fight, prices dropped dramatically as the fight neared and some tickets were being resold for less than face value.

Boxing fans called for the fight to be made five years ago, when both men were in their undisputed prime. But squabbles over promoters, drug testing and a variety of other issues sidelined it until Pacquiao beat Chris Algieri in November and immediately launched a campaign to get the fight made.

When they finally got it, it wasn’t the fight it might have been five years ago. But it was enough to settle the question that boxing fans had asked for years — who would win the big welterweight matchup of the best fighters of their time.

Week of May 4, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Learn how to make your own DIY Mother’s Day gifts with Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault.

On Wednesday, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’s Joe Cross gives tips on how to reboot your diet.

And to end off the week on Friday, Dr. Joelene Huber shows us common medicine mistakes made by parents.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

5 things to do this weekend: Canadian Music Week, Contact & Poetry Slam

CityNews | posted Friday, May 1st, 2015

We take a look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

May 1-3, 2015

Contact Photography Festival: While past years have had specific themes, the 2015 Contact Festival has opened the floodgates, aiming instead to celebrate photography as a “medium without boundaries.” From world-renowned pros to prolific amateurs, the festival offers a visual feast featuring the works of more than 1500 photographers at over 175 venues throughout the GTA.  There are also workshops, masterclasses and portfolio reviews. May 1-31. Multiple venues.http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/

Canadian Music Week: Music may be the main focus, but this always-evolving festival also includes a digital media summit and film and comedy fests. Notable musical performances include Oasis’ Noel Gallagher,  Scott Weiland and Billy Talent. Filmmaker Spike Lee will offer film fans a glimpse into his creative process during a keynote interview.  May 1-10. Multiple venues. http://cmw.net/

“Spring Into Action” Run for Diabetes: It looks like it’s going to be a warm and sunny weekend, so why not break a sweat outside for a good cause?  You can take your time on a two-kilometre walk or up the intensity with a five or 10 kilometre run. All funds raised go to diabetes awareness. Saturday. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie Street. http://www.insideoutstudio.ca/events/

Pampered Pooches TO:  Enjoy a dog day afternoon in Liberty Village that promises to be fun, fury and free! This one-day event offers the best in food, fashion and health tips for your four-legged friends. The first 50 visitors can head to the info booth for a free swag bag.  Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 80 Lynn Williams (parking lot) http://www.torontoartcrawl.com/pampered-pooches/

Toronto Poetry Slam season opener: Ringside seats for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao may be going for $75,000, but you can catch some of the best verbal sparring from local poets for a measly $5. Sunday. 8 p.m. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West. $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca,or submit it online at CityNews.ca or 680News.com, or via our iPhone & iPad apps.

Best of BT Weekend: May 1, 2015

Winston Sih | posted Friday, May 1st, 2015

Lynda Carter

Super Woman herself, Lynda Carter stopped by to talk about her iconic role.

Ed Robertson

Barenaked Ladies frontman, Ed Robertson gave a BT exclusive as he announced that the band would be heading on a cross Canada tour starting this October.

Simple Plan

Canadian rock band Simple Plan stopped by for a chat.

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