Mayweather proves doubters wrong

Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a press conference following his welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision. AP/John Locher

LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. has toned down with his trash-talking in the build-up to his megabuck showdown with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.

He vowed to let his fists do the talking.

And that's what exactly what he did in his unanimous decision victory over a gritty Pacquiao here Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila).

For 12 rounds, Mayweather absorbed whatever Pacquiao dished out on him, making sure his boxing brilliance topped Pacquiao's aggression and awkward style.

He entered Saturday's fight as a -240 favorite to beat the +200 underdog Pacquiao, and many observers believed the Filipino icon has a huge chance of ending Mayweather's 47-fight streak and deal him his first loss.

Those sportswriters were wrong, and Mayweather made sure to remind them of it.

"I made you guys eat your words. Tomorrow, you write Floyd Mayweather turned all of you into believers," Mayweather said in the post-fight conference, referring to boxing writers who downplayed his chances against Pacquiao.

He singled out no one in particular, but Mayweather clearly made his case as the planet's best boxer.

Even Pacquiao himself acknowledges Mayweather's brilliance.

"Give credit to him. He won tonight. He's proved it," said Pacquiao.

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