Manny Pacquiao Wins WBO Welterweight Title

Manny Pacquiao, WBO Welterweight TitleFilipino professional boxer, Manny Pacquiao, has returned to the ring to claim the WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas.

The 37-year-old had announced his retirement after beating Timothy Bradley in April.

After quitting boxing, he won an election to the Senate in the Philippines.

The former eight-division world champion, however, recorded a unanimous decision on Sunday, November 6 over champion Jessie Vargas.

The judges scored the bout 114-113, 118-109 and 118-109 in his favour.

American former professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather (Jr.), who had a ringside seat, described the Filipino’s performance as “Not bad”.

Mayweather had beaten Pacquiao to become the undisputed welterweight champion in May 2015 in a bout tagged “the fight of the century”.

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Manny Pacquiao Returns To Manila

pacquiaoManny Pacquiao has returned to his home town (Manila) on Wednesday, following the defeat by Floyd Mayweather in their world Welterweight super-fight on May 2.

Pacquiao said, “I will focus on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or retirement,”.

“I’m not saying I am going to retire, but it’s near. I’m already 36, turning 37 this December,” he said.

Despite an unanimous points defeat in Las Vegas, Pacquiao, a six-weight world champion, was welcomed back to the Philippines by fans as he paraded through the streets of Manila on the back of a truck.

Pacquiao, who is also a Congressman in his home country, had his arm supported by a sling, following surgery on his injured shoulder – a problem he said had hampered him during the fight with Mayweather.

The new figures released by American networks Showtime and HBO said the fight shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys with 4.4million purchases of the fight in the United States alone.

That generated $400m (£254m) in domestic sales while total revenue is expected to exceed $500m (£318m).

Following the fight, the undefeated American (Mayweather) called Pacquiao a “sore loser” and has ruled out a rematch, but Pacquiao, who is facing a Nevada law suit after being accused of failing to announce his injury prior to the bout, said he would consider fighting again.

“I (would) like that. I want that. But my focus right now is my shoulder, my work as a congressman and my family,” he said.

Pacquiao also said he had accepted his defeat by Mayweather, adding that after reviewing the fight on video, he still believed he won by a slim margin.

“I reviewed the fight and kept score. I won by two points, but a decision has been made and we have to accept it,”.

Mayweather Beats Pacquiao In Fight Of The Century

MayweatherFloyd Mayweather (Jr) beat Manny Pacquiao on points in their welterweight face-off in Las Vegas, United States of America (USA) on Saturday night.

The American had to use all his skills and a telling reach advantage to remain undefeated after 48 professional bouts.

He won the “Fight of the Century” by 116-112 on two cards and 118-110 on the third, proving himself to be the world’s best boxer of his era.

“When the history books are written, it was worth the wait,” Mayweather said in the ring after a four-belt unification bout that was more than five years in the making.

He is now the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight champion.

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Mayweather opened the scoring with a couple of rights to win the opening round, using his reach advantage well.

This prompted Pacquiao to try to force the pace from the second and by the third, the spectators were getting their money’s worth.

“Manny Pacquiao is a hell of a fighter, I see now why he is at the pinnacle of boxing,” the 38-year-old Mayweather said after an emotional embrace with Pacquiao. “I’m a smart fighter, I outboxed him.

“We knew what we had to do. He’s a tough competitor… a very awkward fighter and I had to take my time and watch him closely.”

Pacquiao, on the other hand, stunned Mayweather with a telling left in the fourth, forcing the American to cover up.

The Filipino said after the fight that he thought he had won it but not many observers agreed.Boxing: Mayweather vs Pacquiao

Both boxers had their moments as the fight turned into everything the experts had predicted.

The fight between the duo, however, was one that appeared never to happen as Pacquiao resisted Mayweather’s demands for blood-testing for five years.