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Pacquiao pays for not letting his hands go against Mayweather – SportsUntapped.com
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Added May 4th, 2015 by Ian

Pacquiao pays for not letting his hands go against Mayweather
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It’s hard enough to beat Floyd Mayweather as it is, but it’s impossible to beat him if you don’t outpunch him. Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines found this out the hard way on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Most experts agreed that 36-year-old WBO Welterweight Champion Pacquiao had to throw a large volume of punches to hand WBA and WBC belt holder his first ever career loss as a pro, but it never materialized. In fact, The 38-year-old Mayweather threw 439 punches to Pacquiao’s 425 and took his title from him. Mayweather landed 34 per cent (148) of his shots while Pacquiao was successful on just 19 per cent of his (81). The 425 punches thrown by the Filipino was his lowest output since 2009.

Pacquiao may have landed the cleaner and harder shots as well as the only multi-punch flurries in the 12 round fight, but he didn’t throw and land enough of them. Mayweather was happy to throw his pitty-pat punches, stay out of trouble and refuse to engage in toe-to-toe action. It earned him a unanimous decision by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110, which seemed to be off the mark. The fight was basically even at the halfway mark as the two boxers alternated winning the first six rounds, but Pacquiao seemed to fade away in the second half and the contest more or less became a gloried sparring match.

After the fight, Pacquiao said he thought he had won, but he simply didn’t let his hands go enough. He threw an average of about 35 punches per round and if he had doubled that output there’s a good chance he could have walked away with a win or at least a draw. He claimed he had injured his right shoulder during training camp, but didn’t want to postpone the fight. However, there’s no chance of beating Mayweather with just one good arm and if he indeed had a legitimate injury the fight should have been pushed back a few weeks until it healed.

Mayweather announced that he’s giving up his championship belts as he feels it’s time to give some up-and-coming boxers a shot at them. He stated that he’ll have one more fight in September before retiring.

Mayweather’s now 48-0 with 26 Kos and if he wins his next bout he’ll have a 49-0 record which would tie former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano for the most undefeated fights when retiring as a world champion in the modern boxing era. With Mayweather’s ego it’s hard to believe he’ll be happy sharing the record with anyone and will likely attempt to reach 50-0 before hanging up his gloves.

Pacquiao is now 57-6-2 and is still considered to be one of the world’s top pound-for pound boxers. There’s no need for him to retire after losing a decision to one of history’s all time greats, but the next time he enters the ring he sure better let his hands go more often or he’ll suffer a second straight defeat.

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