Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains undefeated after Saturday night’s “Fight of the Century,” in which he beat opponent Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision (on points, not by knockout). Now Mayweather needs just one more victory to tie the modern boxing record of legend Rocky Marciano, who retired in 1956 with a perfect record of 49–0.
Mayweather’s shot at that record may come via a rematch with Pacquiao, if for no other reason than to try and recapture the massive buzz and profitability of this weekend’s match. Speaking of which: Mayweather will get 60 percent of the at least $300 million in revenue generated by the 12-round, 36-minute bout, the highest-grossing boxing match of all time.
For his part, the possibly injured Pacquiao disagreed with the scoring, saying, “I hit him more times than he hit me.” The statistics told a different story, however, indicating Mayweather connected with 34 percent of his punches, compared to Pacquiao’s 19 percent, though not all viewers agreed with that assessment. Meanwhile, the generally unlikable champion was roundly booed by the crowd after his victory: