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Mayweather defeats Pacquiao in richest fight ever
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LAS VEGAS -- A chance at winning a $180 million payday is enough to put anyone on edge, but not champion fighter Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Cementing his legacy as the best of his generation, Mayweather won the welterweight title in a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao Saturday night.

Despite boos from a pro-Pacquiao crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, all three judges scorecards revealed that Mayweather (48-0) danced, ducked, peppered and jabbed victory in the ring against Pacquiao (57-6-2). 

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However, Pacquiao wasn't a slouch in the ring.  The Philippines' hero and Congressman  rushed forward and attempted to land combinations and big shots.

"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."

Two judges favored Mayweather 116-112 while a third had it 118-110, but Pacquiao thought he won Saturday's match.

"I thought I won the fight. He didn't do anything except move outside," Pacquiao said. "I got him many times."

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.

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

During a news conference after the fight, Pacquiao revealed he had a hinderance during the fight. Pacquiao said he 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. However, the Nevada Boxing Commission said it didn't know about Pacquiao's injury.

Promoter Bob Arum said the "Pacman" injured his shoulder sometime after March 11 and that it was inoperable.

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 Nevada Commission ruled against the request for a shot.

"The ruling made tonight affected the outcome of the fight," Arum 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.

In the final seconds of the fight Mayweather raised his right hand in victory, and after the bell rang he stood on the ropes, pounding his heart with his gloves.

The AP said it was vintage Mayweather, even if it didn't please the crowd of 16,507 that was pro-Pacquiao.  They cheered every time Pacquiao threw a punch, hoping that he would land a big shot and become the first fighter to beat Mayweather.

Ringside punch stats showed Mayweather landing 148 punches of 435 while Pacquiao landed 81 of 429. The volume for Pacquiao was a lot lower than the 700 or more he usually throws.

Five years in the making, the fight unfolded before a glittering crowd of celebrities from Beyonce' and Jay-Z to Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washinton, Robert Dinero and Diddy. Teen pop sensation Justin Beiber was a part of Mayweather's entourage when he entered the ring.

Celebs and high rollers in ringside seats shelled out $40,000 and up.

However, before the fight started, it was delayed about a half hour because cable and satellite systems were having trouble keeping up with the pay-per-view demand, according to the Associated Press.

That's big money to watch two superstars duke it out and the fighters reaped the benefit. Mayweather is getting 60 percent of the approximately $300 million purse, depending on pay-per-view sales, and Pacquiao will receive 40 percent.

The Ap said the live gate alone was more than $70 million, and the bout was expected to squash the pay-per-view record of 2.48 million buys set in 2007 when Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya.

So what's next for the fighters? During the news conference, both men said they wanted to spend time with their families. Pacquiao also said he wants to review the tapes to see how this happened.

Mayweather said he will fight in September and then retire.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather speaks to the press after defeating Manny Pacquiao.
Boxing trainer Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao.
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