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Boxing’s Big Matchup: Mayweather Jr. Defeats Pacquiao

Boxing’s Big Matchup: Mayweather Jr. Defeats Pacquiao

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Inside the arena, and famous athletes were sprinkled throughout the crowd. The few tickets made available to the public were priced from $1,500 for seats in the top rows to $7,500 for a seat on the floor. Tickets were sold on the secondary market for $40,000 or more.

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The bulk of the 16,507 fans at the Grand Garden booed the decision by the three judges, who gave Mayweather a wide margin in the 12-round fight — 116-112 on two cards, 118-110 on the other. The judges agreed on 10 of the 12 rounds.

He stretched his record to 48-0 while quieting critics who thought he had spent years avoiding the showdown with Pacquiao.

“Manny Pacquiao is still a champion,” Mayweather said. “He still has a lot left. I was the better man tonight — more calculated fighter, took my time, had patience.”

While Pacquiao carried momentum through the early rounds with his robust, forward-moving attack, sometimes smiling at Mayweather as the bell sounded, judges ruled that Mayweather actually had led handily throughout.

“I know the judges weren’t going by the crowd screaming,” Mayweather said. “The judges were going by shots landed.”

Mayweather is under contract with Showtime to fight once more, in September, against an opponent to be determined. He sounded like a man ready to step away.

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