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By George WillisMay 3, 2015 | 1:03am nypost.com

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Floyd Mayweather connects on a punch to Manny Pacquiao's face in the megabout on Saturday.
Photo: Reuters


LAS VEGAS — Before the decision was read in the latest Fight of the Century, Floyd Mayweather stood atop a rope in the corner and screamed, “I know I won!”
The crowd of 16,507 mostly Manny Pacquiao fans wasn’t convinced, hoping that somehow the three judges at ringside had given the Filipino hero their vote. But when announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the scorecards, Mayweather had remained unbeaten capturing a unanimous if mostly unpopular decision.
“I thought I caught him many more times than he caught me,” a disappointed Pacquiao said. “I was never hurt. I was surprised at the scores.”
The scores all had Mayweather comfortably ahead, and there is no controversy. Dave Moretti saw it 118-110, while Bert Clements and Glenn Feldman both scored it 116-112. The Post had it 116-112 for Mayweather, who actually landed 148 punches to 81 for Pacquiao.

Mayweather has one more fight remaining on his contract with CBS/Showtime and plans to retire.

“My last fight is in September and then it’s time for me to hang it up,” he said, adding, “When the history books are written, this fight will have been worth the wait.”

In claiming the WBO welterweight title to add to his WBC and WBA crowns, Mayweather improved to 48-0, compiling enough points with his jab and counter punches to earn the victory. Pacquiao (57-6-2) was never down or hurt and applied constant pressure. But he had trouble landing anything significant as Mayweather was elusive when he needed to be.

“Now I see why he has been so successful in his career,” Mayweather said of Pacquiao. “He had his moments, but as long as I moved on the outside I could fight my fight. It was only when I stayed in the pocket that he had those moments.”

It was a compelling but not overly thrilling fight, with Mayweather controlling tempo by either being elusive or clenching when he found himself in danger. “My dad (Floyd Sr.) wanted me to do more, but Manny was awkward and I had to watch him closely,” Mayweather said.

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The clear “A-side” of the pay-per-view event as he calls himself, Mayweather dictated the terms of the super fight: a 60-40 split in revenue that could reach $400 million; the right for Mayweather Promotions to promote the event; and the MGM Grand Garden arena as the venue instead of a place that could have accommodated the fan interest like AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

What mattered most is whether the fight would live up to its enormous hype fueled largely by social media. At age 38, Mayweather entered a 2-to-1 favorite over the 36-year-old Filipino. Mayweather’s WBC welterweight title was at stake, along with Pacquiao’s WBO 147-pound crown. But the biggest jewel was recognition as the best fighter of the post Roy Jones era.

It figured to be a matchup of Pacquiao’s relentless offensive attack against Mayweather’s defensive skills and counter-punching ability. Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, had made it clear Pacquiao needed to be aggressive early before Mayweather solved his piston southpaw style. But Pacquiao started uncharacteristically slow and lost the first three rounds on all three judges scorecard.

Dressed in black trunks with gold trim, Mayweather stood his ground early, introducing himself with a left jab and straight right to the stomach. Pacquiao, in gold trunks, moved his head from side to side but had trouble landing anything clean.

Mayweather began to connect with his straight right hand in the second round, preventing Pacquiao from finding an early rhythm. It got testy in the third round, when Mayweather was warned by referee Kenny Bayless for a low blow.

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Pacquiao tried to stay aggressive, but was becoming frustrated by Mayweather’s excessive holding each time he got close. In the fourth round, Pacquiao landed a hard left hook that backed up Mayweather, who went into a rope-a-dope defense. Another right hand got past Mayweather’s guard, exciting the sold-out crowd.

Mayweather re-established his jab in the fifth and did more running than in previous rounds. There were some good exchanges in the sixth and by the seventh Mayweather was bleeding from the lip.

Pacquiao tried to change the momentum in the eighth, but two sharp left hooks by Mayweather took the round. Pacquiao tried to stay persistent, coming forward throwing punches in flurries. But as they entered the 12th, Mayweather felt confident he had done enough to win, ending the fight circling the ring with his right glove raised.
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