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The Numbers Never Lie: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Unless you live under a rock, you may have heard that Floyd “Money” Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 118-110) in the highly-anticipated mega-fight on Saturday night.

Some fans are pretty upset that the judges scored the fight the way they did. Some say Floyd did nothing but run around the ring and “hug” his opponent. Others believe that Manny simply-out performed Mayweather. Let’s take a look at the fight just a bit closer.

Mayweather landed 148 out of 435 punches, while Pacquiao only landed 81 out of 429. That doesn’t sound quite right, does it? Pac couldn’t have gotten beaten that badly. He had to have had a bright spot, no?

Perhaps Manny’s only bright spot was that his power punch connection percentage (27%) was higher than his total punches connection percentage (19%). However, his jab percentage, a dismal 9%, was almost laughable.

Floyd Mayweather, who unified the WBC, WBA, and WBO Welterweight titles, had higher percentages and total numbers than Pacquiao did. “Money” landed almost 50% of his power punches. That is surprising, considering the fight lasted a whole 12 rounds.

I believe in the statistics. From the look of things, Manny didn’t lose because of some screwjob where the referee was highly in favor of Mayweather. He didn’t lose because the judges were paid off by The Money Team. He sure as hell didn’t lose because there’s a push to keep Floyd’s record perfect. He lost because Mayweather, the best fighter (as well as the most-hated fighter) in the world simply outfought him. I may not be a Mayweather fan, but the numbers never lie.

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