Mayweather's skill overcomes Pacquiao's will
By Dino Maragay Updated Sunday May 03, 2015 - 5:13pm

Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, sits in his corner with his father, head trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr., left, during his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP/Isaac Brekken

LAS VEGAS - Manny Pacquiao came to fight. But Floyd Mayweather came to defend and respond.

In a display of boxing brilliance and punching accuracy, Mayweather handled everything Pacquiao threw at him and at the same time successfully mounted his counter offense as he marched to a unanimous decision victory at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

While it seemed Pacquiao was the busier fighter as he pinned Mayweather on the ropes for several occasions, the undefeated American turned out to be more effective.

According to punch statistics released by CompuBox, Mayweather connected on 148 punches of the total 435 he threw at Pacquiao. This translated into a 34 percent connect rate.

Pacquiao, in contrast, landed only 81 blows of the 429 he threw, and his 18 percent rate paled in comparison to Mayweather, who kept his promise of staying unbeaten as he notched his 48th straight win in front of over 16,000 fans.

Mayweather stressed he was more effective than Pacquiao Saturday night.

"He [Pacquiao] was playing the aggressor but he isn't landing his punches," said the Las Vegas-based boxer, who won with scores of 118-110 and 116-112 (twice).

Mayweather banked on his jab to keep the forward-fighting Pacquiao at bay for the latter half of the fight, connecting on 67 of 267 jabs for a 25 percent connect rate. Pacquiao, which had shorter reach, landed only 18 of 193 jabs.

Pacquiao though was busier in the power punching department, with 63 of his 263 power blows finding their target (27 percent). But still, Mayweather was accurate as he connected 81 of his 168 power shots (48 percent).

The Filipino icon insisted Mayweather never hurt him.

But the accuracy of the world's best pound-for-pound fighter was more than enough to convince judges Carl Moretti, Burt Clements and Glen Feldman to award him the decision.

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