We all knew that the actual fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would never live up to the hype but most fans were downright disappointed.
First of all, the undercards were 2 severely one sided mismatches, one starring Vasyl Lomachenko and the other by Leo Santa Cruz. The undercard was thrown together sloppily because they knew they didn’t have to rely on it. They knew Mayweather-Pacquiao would sell itself. While Lomachenko’s hand speed and combinations were a thing of beauty, the lack of competition was to evident and the same for Leo Santa Cruz.
As the main event got underway and the fighter announcements began, I felt goosebumps, Mayweather-Pacquiao was finally going to begin. To my surprise, the fight started with them touching gloves. Mayweather started strong and kept Pacquiao at range with his long crisp jab. Whenever Pacquiao got inside, Mayweather would either hold or go into his impregnable defensive shell. While I do think holding was excessive, I have seen much worse and points are never taken away. However, Pacquiao did have moments in this fight and Mayweather hurt against the ropes more than once but Floyd would again go into his shell and block most of the Pacquiao’s barrage until he was punched out. Mayweather wins another unanimous decision. The fight had the same feel as Mayweather-Maidana 2 but not as one sided.
I have to say Pacquiao didn’t perform as we are used to seeing him. He didn’t use his angles, he didn’t volume punch like he should have. He has no one to blame but himself for this performance. With that being said, this version of Pacquiao would still beat most of, if not all, the rest of the welterweight division.