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Monday, May 04, 2015

Mayweather Vs Pacquiao Bout: Photo Gallery









A crestfallen Manny Pacquiao has told the world's media he lost the fight of the century to Floyd Mayweather because a shoulder injury left him unable to use his right hand.
It is estimated a worldwide audience of 400million - including thousands of people in Pacquiao's hometown - tuned in to watch American Mayweather earn victory with a unanimous points decision in front of a star-studded crowd in Las Vegas.
Mayweather stands to pocket upwards of $180million from the super fight, while Pacquiao will take home around $120million.
After a build-up of almost five years, the pair took to the ring at the MGM Grand on Saturday night and battled through a closely-fought 12 rounds, with little separating them. 
But it was the American who came out on top at the end of the multi-million dollar spectacle - retaining his undefeated record in front of a host of celebrities including Jay Z, Beyonce, Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg and Donald Trump.
The beaten Filipino, 36, has since blamed his defeat on a shoulder injury and said he wanted to have an injection before the fight but the Nevada Athletic Commission refused.



Dejected: Manny Pacquiao answered questions from the world's media during the post-fight news conference following his devastating defeat to unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather. The 36-year-old Filipino blamed his loss on a shoulder injury sustained in the build up
Post fight: Mayweather extended his unbeaten career record to 48-0 with the victory
His opponent Pacquiao grimaced as he reached for the shoulder which he said stopped him from using his right hand during the fight of the century

A bitter blow: Manny Pacquiao lowers his head as he sits with promoter Bob Arum (right). Arum claimed he informed the Commission of the injury five days before the fight and defended the decision not to cancel the bout, the most lucrative in boxing history
Unbeaten: Floyd 'Money' Mayweather confirmed after the bout that he will have one more fight in September, citing a deal with Showtime
Floyd Mayweather won the fight of the century, beating Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous decision in front of a star-studded Las Vegas crowd at the MGM Grand 
Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z dressed to impress as they attended one of the biggest sporting occasions in decades
Before the fight, Mayweather put his arm around boxing superfan Justin Bieber just moments before he was set to walk into the ring 
The pair then embraced minutes before Mayweather was set to step into the ring at the MGM Grand in front of 16,000 spectators 
The 38-year-old American glares at the crowd with a championship belt over his shoulder after winning the welterweight unification championship 
Mayweather and his entourage poses with his title belts after defeating  Pacquiao. He confirmed he will be fighting once more in September
At the end of the bout the Filipino was visibly disappointed with the result. He said: 'I thought I won the fight. He didn't do nothing'
At the end of the bout the Filipino was visibly disappointed with the result. He said: 'I thought I won the fight. He didn't do nothing'
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He said: 'Three weeks before the fight I got a tear in my right shoulder. It got better but it wasn't 100 per cent.' 
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum claimed he informed the Commission of the injury five days ago and defended the decision not to cancel the fight, the most lucrative in boxing history.
He said: 'Athletes always fight hurt and we felt the work that was done on the shoulder during training would enable him to use his right hand.' 
Mayweather hit back at the claims, saying he too was carrying injuries to both arms and hands.
He said: 'If he had come out victorious, I would have shown respect and said he was the better man.' 
Millions of viewers across the United States tuned in for what was expected to be one of the biggest sporting events in history, but some were left frustrated as pay-per-view services crashed just hours before they stepped into the ring because of surging demand. 
The 38-year-old favorite conquered the Filipino in front of thousands of boxing fans and celebrities who had flown into Sin City from around the world just to be ringside for the historic bout.
Justin Bieber, who hosted a lavish pre-party in the Hard Rock Hotel earlier on Saturday, was at the forefront of the action, leading Mayweather and his entourage into the packed arena after embracing the boxer during his pre-fight ritual. 
Mayweather made a surprisingly strong start, then withstood some aggressive counter-punching by the Filipino southpaw in the later rounds as he improved his career record to 48-0. 
Though Pacquiao repeatedly forced Mayweather to backpedal, the wily American blunted his opponent's best efforts by using his renowned defensive skills while getting in several telling jabs and punches of his own. 
After the bout, which has been five years in the making, 'Money' confirmed that he will have one more fight in September, citing a deal with Showtime. 
The judges' scorecards read: 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in favor of Mayweather in a decision that didn't go down well with his defeated Philippine opponent. 
'Pac-Man' insisted he thought he had won the encounter, saying: 'I thought I won the fight. He didn't do nothing.' He is now planning a vacation before mulling over the next stage of his career.
In the Philippines, a country stood still as they watched their national hero in action more than 7,000 miles away. 
The streets of Manila were packed as fans caught a glimpse of the fight any way they could, having been asked by their government to switch off their refrigerators before and during the fight to prevent an electrical black out across the country.  
Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free on Sunday lunchtime local time were quickly vacated after it was announced Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision.  
Sportsmail's Big Fight Stats: Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao
A nation expects: Filipinos cheered as they watched their hero Manny Pacquiao via a live satellite broadcast from Las Vegas. Hundreds of fans in some parts of Manila were unable to watch the 12-round fight because of a sudden downpour and signal interruption
A nation expects: Filipinos cheered as they watched their hero Manny Pacquiao via a live satellite broadcast from Las Vegas. Hundreds of fans in some parts of Manila were unable to watch the 12-round fight because of a sudden downpour and signal interruption
Depths of despair: An air of frustration began to take hold in the packed streets of Manila as Mayweather gained the upper hand
Depths of despair: An air of frustration began to take hold in the packed streets of Manila as Mayweather gained the upper hand
Youngsters were filled with optimism when the fight began
Youngsters were filled with optimism when the fight began
But were left biting their finger nails as it progressed
But were left biting their finger nails as it progressed
The private jet terminal at Las Vegas' McCarren International Airport was packed Saturday night right before the highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao
The private jet terminal at Las Vegas' McCarren International Airport was packed Saturday night right before the highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao
Mayweather poses with his trainer Rafael Garcia (right) in the ring following the welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight
Mayweather poses with his trainer Rafael Garcia (right) in the ring following the welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight
Mayweather throws a right at Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout, causing him to turn away 
Mayweather throws a right at Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout, causing him to turn away 
Pacquiao covers his face as Mayweather lunges in with his right fist moments into the battle 
Pacquiao covers his face as Mayweather lunges in with his right fist moments into the battle 
Mayweather throws his hands in the air as the fighter from The Philippines aims for his midriff 
Mayweather throws his hands in the air as the fighter from The Philippines aims for his midriff 
Mayweather went into the night undefeated in 47 fights. The encounter is believed to be the one of the richest in sporting history - being valued at around $400million 
Mayweather went into the night undefeated in 47 fights. The encounter is believed to be the one of the richest in sporting history - being valued at around $400million 
Mayweather leans back into the corner as Pacquiao counters in the fourth round 
Mayweather leans back into the corner as Pacquiao counters in the fourth round 
The American gives a stern look to the crowd as he makes his way under the ropes - donning a dazzling robe
The American gives a stern look to the crowd as he makes his way under the ropes - donning a dazzling robe
Pacquiao arrives in the ring surrounded by his support staff. He walked in to a song he had produced himself
Pacquiao arrives in the ring surrounded by his support staff. He walked in to a song he had produced himself
He walked into the ring with Jimmy Kimmel before his welterweight unification championship encounter, with a smile on his face
He walked into the ring with Jimmy Kimmel before his welterweight unification championship encounter, with a smile on his face
Jamie Foxx sings the Star-Spangled Banner moments before the two fighters make their way the ring 
Jamie Foxx sings the Star-Spangled Banner moments before the two fighters make their way the ring 
Spectators take photos with their cell phones before the start of the fight. All of the tickets for the event at the MGM Grand were sold months in advance 
Spectators take photos with their cell phones before the start of the fight. All of the tickets for the event at the MGM Grand were sold months in advance 
The arena is pictured full to the brim moments before the national anthems are sung 
The arena is pictured full to the brim moments before the national anthems are sung 
Model Cassie Ventura (left) and P Diddy pose ringside as they enter the arena. Diddy was heavily involved in the build-up to the fight, publicly backing Floyd Mayweather 
Model Cassie Ventura (left) and P Diddy pose ringside as they enter the arena. Diddy was heavily involved in the build-up to the fight, publicly backing Floyd Mayweather 
Some fans said Pacquiao should retire from boxing while others demanded a rematch.
Roland Purificacion, a 45-year-old pedicab driver who watched the fight on a huge television screen outside the Quiapo Church in central Manila, was disappointed but spoke for many of his compatriots when he said Pacquiao 'is still the people's champ. He is still our hero'. 
In Pacquiao's hometown of Kiamba, a fishing and farming town in southern Sarangani province, which he represents in Congress, passenger mini-buses brought villagers who have no television to watch the fight in the town's 2,500-seat gymnasium.  
Ahead of the $400million pay-per-view extravaganza, Mayweather wrapped his arm around Bieber and posed for pictures behind the scenes at the MGM Grand before walking out in front of more than 16,000 spectators. 
He bizarrely strutted out with the 21-year-old popstar and a man dressed as The Burger King - a choice that has not been given any clear reasoning.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao entered the ring with American chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, who was allegedly dressed up as Bieber. As he walked in, the underdog marched to the tune of a song he penned himself, and even took a selfie with trainer Freddie Roach.
Actor and singer Jamie Foxx gave a heartfelt rendition of the American national anthem, while Gail Banawis, a 19-year-old Bronx native and Filipina-American was a member of a large group who sung the Philippine version.
Just hours before the event, viewers across the United States complained their paid for viewing - at $99 a piece - was crashing. 
Record sales of more than four million had been predicted before the flight on Saturday, carrying the gross value revenue from the richest fight of all time above half a billion dollars. 
Bieber walks to his seat after joining Mayweather on his way into the ring - a job he has performed during previous title fights 
Bieber walks to his seat after joining Mayweather on his way into the ring - a job he has performed during previous title fights 
Bieber looks down at his phone and poses for a selfie as he weaves through fellow spectators
Bieber looks down at his phone and poses for a selfie as he weaves through fellow spectators
He posed for photos alongside a guest ahead of one of the most anticipated fights of the century 
He posed for photos alongside a guest ahead of one of the most anticipated fights of the century 
The likes of Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Michael J. Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, and Rihanna were also seen ringside on Saturday night.
Will Smith and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson were in attendance, alongside rapper P Diddy and 'Rocky' star Sylvester Stalone.
The Las Vegas Sun reported on Saturday that airport traffic reached record volume levels, forcing hundreds of private jets to smaller area airports. 
Pictures taken from incoming flights showed the runways lined with hoards of private jets. Tom Brady was seen at the Kentucky Derby earlier in the day before jetting in to Sin City for the encounter. 
With tickets commanding six-figure sums on the resale market, even A-list celebrities were being forced to call in favours, and many were left waiting to hear if they had made the red carpet cut hours before the event. 
Fewer than 1,000 tickets were offered to the public before the fight and those vanished in seconds. The remainder were divided among the two fighters' promotion companies and MGM, who made the seats available to their best customers.
A Showtime official told Reuters the cable giant, which will share pay-per-view rights with rival HBO, had been fielding calls from anxious A-listers over the last 24 hours eager to confirm ringside reservations.
But with demand far out-stripping supply, some celebrities faced the humbling prospect of being shut out or bumped into the upper levels.
Seat or no seat, celebrity parties raged up and down the Las Vegas Strip on Friday night with something for nearly every taste and wallet.
For high-rollers, hip hot artist Jay Z offered a mega-expensive $50,000 a table VIP bash around the megafight while P. Diddy threw a poolside bash with a $10,000 a table cover complete with Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. 
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Charles Barkley joins the crowd before the start of the world welterweight championship bout
Charles Barkley joins the crowd before the start of the world welterweight championship bout
Donald Trump was one of the many celebrities at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the blockbuster fight 
Donald Trump was one of the many celebrities at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the blockbuster fight 
Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf were among the athletes watching the bout 
Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf were among the athletes watching the bout 
Ben Affleck smirks at the camera as he takes his position courtside at the MGM Grand ahead of the fight 
Ben Affleck smirks at the camera as he takes his position courtside at the MGM Grand ahead of the fight 
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel watches a preliminary bout before the start of the main event
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel watches a preliminary bout before the start of the main event
Washington (left) shakes the hand of director Antoine Fuqua as they pose for a photo ringside 
Washington (left) shakes the hand of director Antoine Fuqua as they pose for a photo ringside 

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