In the richest fight in the history of boxing, Floyd Mayweather improved to 48-0 after beating Manny Pacquiao on points Saturday night.

Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while the other ruled it 118-110.

In the richest fight in the history of boxing, Floyd Mayweather improved to 48-0 after beating Manny Pacquiao on points Saturday night.

Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while the other ruled it 118-110.

Mayweather was able to use his superior reach for much of the fight to fend off the smaller Pacquiao, who ended up chasing his opponent for much of the fight.

“I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao. I see now why he is at the pinnacle of boxing,” Mayweather told reporters. “I knew he was going to push me, win some rounds. I wasn’t being hit with a lot of shots until I sit in a pocket and he landed a lot of shots.”

It was disclosed after the decision that Pacquiao was participating in the fight with an injured right shoulder, which he damaged around March 11 (according to promoter Bob Arum). The Nevada boxing commissioners didn’t allow Pacquiao to take an anti-inflammatory shot prior to the fight.

“The ruling tonight affected the outcome of the fight,” Arum told the media.

For a complete recap of the event, click here.

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Floyd Mayweather‘€™s camp will block a pair of female reporters (ESPN and HBO’€™s Michelle Beadle and CNN’€™s Rachel Nichols) from attending Saturday night’€™s fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio.

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If we ever build a monument to good-looking Super Bowl champions, and for the life of me I can’t see why we wouldn’t, this is what our Mount Rushmore will look like. No matter how the race turns out, these four are your superfecta.
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Floyd Mayweather‘€™s camp will block a pair of female reporters (ESPN and HBO’€™s Michelle Beadle and CNN’€™s Rachel Nichols) from attending Saturday night’€™s fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio.

Both Beadle and Nichols have made mention in the past of Mayweather’€™s history of domestic violence against women. The two announced their ban on Twitter Saturday, though publicist Kelly Swanson denied that either reporter was banned.

Nichols brought Mayweather’€™s digressions to light following the leaking of the video of Ray Rice punching his fiancé, pressing Mayweather repeatedly on the issue in an interview last year.

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Jerry's buddy and friend of WEEI Uncle Buck takes a swing at previewing the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout. (Photo: Adam Cormack)

Jerry’s buddy and friend of WEEI Uncle Buck takes a swing at previewing the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout. (Photo: Adam Cormack)

Since I plan on spending the super sports viewing day that is Saturday focused on the NFL draft, Red Sox-Yankees and waiting to see Johnny Weir’s Kentucky Derby outfit, I welcome in my pal and WEEI podcast regular Adam “Uncle Buck” Cormack to fill us in on the other, and to my mind lesser, event of the day, the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. Take it away, UB:

No matter how dead the sport of boxing may be, the arrival of a one-in-a generation SuperFight, an (in my Don King Voice) ‘€œOnly in America’€ kind of spectacle, can jolt it back to life, even if only for a little while.  This Saturday night’€™s long awaited showdown between Floyd ‘€œMoney’€ Mayweather and Manny ‘€œPac-Man’€ Pacquiao has the potential to resurrect the ‘€œSweet Science’€ like a reanimated zombie from The Walking Dead.  The only problem is that in the eyes of many, the trek it took to get here has this event looking more like the water-weight, droopy skin, lurching walker from Season 5 rather than let’€™s say the recently turned and hungry zombie-Shane from Season 2.  Not that Mayweather and Pacquiao, or their managers or camps, are trying to provide any kind of mouth to mouth to boxing mind you.  Mr Money is speculated to earn $150 to 180 million for the fight to Pac-Man’€™s $100 to $120 million dollar payday.  Clearly for warriors at the age of 38 and 36 respectively the priority is one more big bank, right?  Sure Mayweather’€™s 47-0 record (with a barely-over-half 26 Kos) is at stake, but after the rumored then stalled then cancelled negotiations to put a fight together against Pacquaio dating back to 2009, including verbal allegations of racism against Mayweather from the Pacquaio camp and allegations of blood doping against Pacquaio from the Mayweather camp it just seemed lost forever like Riddick Bowe and Lennox Lewis.  Especially for anyone who saw the vicious knockout of Pacquiao from the short right hand of Juan Manuel Marquez (YouTube it then YouTube Hearns KO’€™s Duran from 1984.  Two of my favorite all time knockouts and both with thunderous right hands).  Manny, who for years was considered by many to be the pound for pound best based on his speed and punching power, if only to incite Floyd’€™s followers, has since won 3 12-round unanimous decisions to retain and twice defend his WBO welterweight title.  That’€™s right you can’€™t spell W-B-O without B-O.  Mayweather is defending his Unified WBA Super Welterweight title along with his WBC Welterweight title if you’€™re keeping tabs at home.   
 
What is truly unfathomable is the last time we saw a legitimate SuperFight.  Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson might be the last that garnered this kind of national buzz (don’€™t give me De La Hoya or Mosley vs either of these guys), but that was 13-years ago.  That means there are kids who can vote and smoke and drink (in Canada) who were 5 the last time this sport had something worth getting really excited about.  And that fight was all hype!  Tyson was long past his prime, but still crazy enough to bite Lewis in the leg at a press event before verbally sexting female and male reporters alike just to get people to buy into the circus.  It was Iron Mike’€™s bout with Evander Holyfield in 1996 (the one where he didn’€™t go full vampire) that we would have to point to as the last great SuperFight.  Meaning those kids I just mentioned were, as Larry Holmes once put it, not even a thought in their father’€™s penises.  That’€™s how dead this sport is.  Have there been great fights since? Sure there have.  Especially in the sub-heavyweight ranks.  Roy Jones Jr had some classics, because well he was Roy Jones Jr.  The Gatti-Ward trilogy was epic, especially their first bout.  But if two trees fall in the woods and no one hears it because the UFC has taken over one on one combat sports and fantasy football dominates office water-cooler conversations, does anyone care?  
 
So on to the fight.  Can these guys give us a classic that so many think they would have in their prime?  Mayweather is thought by some to struggle against southpaws (south Philly, southpaw) and has trouble avoiding a stiff jab.  Pac-Man will get some shots in, but despite his age Floyd is still in such great shape and just too quick and too smart to stand and trade with Pacquiao all night.  Plus he has more to lose, and less to gain from being too aggressive.  Perhaps in the late rounds if he’€™s hurt Manny he may go in for the kill, and maybe that’€™s Pac-Man’€™s best chance to strike’€¦otherwise look for a mostly dull, yet surgical clinic from The Money Man.  Winner: Mayweather UD12. 
 
Oh and one more thing’€¦is it worth paying the $99 to get in HD PPV?  Personally watching the train wreck of a joint HBO/Showtime telecast might just be worth it, just don’€™t be the guy who invites over 10 friends at $10 a pop and watches as no one throws in by the end of the night and gets stuck with the lopsided cable bill a month later.  Of course I think it’€™s a ballsy asking price two months after Ronda Rousey’€™s 10 second PPV victory was all over YouTube and Vine moments after it took place.  Or maybe it’€™s just worth paying the money so you can tell your great-great grand kids about the last time a SuperFight brought boxing back from the dead.  — UB

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