Thursday 24 August 2017

'American dream' Floyd Mayweather slams journalists who wrote negative articles about him

Unbeaten Floyd Mayweather paid tribute to his father and his opponent Manny Pacquiao after his dominant victory in Las Vegas.

The 38-year-old put on a tactical masterclass taking a unanimous decision 118-110 116-112 116-112 on the judges scorecard to go 48-0.

"First off I want to thank God for this victory, all the fans that came to Las Vegas and all the fans all over the world," Mayweather said in the ring after the fight. "He's a hell of fighter, he's one of the guys at the pinnacle in sport of boxing

"I know he was going to push me, he had moments in the fight, but I wasn't getting hit with a lot of shots.

"We did what we had to do tonight. He is a tough competitor. Got to take my hat off to my dad, without him I wouldn't be here.

"When the history books are written - it was worth the wait.

Floyd Mayweather celebrates after defeating Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) via unanimous decision during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand
Floyd Mayweather celebrates after defeating Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) via unanimous decision during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. stays low against Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in the eighth round during their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. lands punch against Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (R) in the ninth round during their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. is surrounded by cameras after defeating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
May 2, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr celebrates with the championship belts after defeating Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) after 12 rounds in a unanimous judges decision during a boxing fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. goes after Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (L) in the first round during their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
May 2, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Movie actor Jamie Foxx sings the national anthem before the world welterweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won via unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. celebrates in his corner after defeating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Trainer Freddie Roach, left, listens as Manny Pacquiao answers reporter questions during a press conference following his welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Floyd Mayweather (black/gold trunks) and Manny Pacquiao (yellow/red trunks) box during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won via unanimous decsion. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Floyd Mayweather (black/gold trunks) and Manny Pacquiao (yellow/red trunks) box during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won via unanimous decsion. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Floyd Mayweather (black/gold trunks) and Manny Pacquiao (yellow/red trunks) box during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won via unanimous decsion. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Floyd Mayweather Jr celebrates with the championship belts after defeating Manny Pacquiao

"I got one more fight. My last fight is in September, it is time to hand it up and I am truly thankful and blessed."

Mayweather, predictably, unmoved and not keen on the suggestion that there should be a re-match and slammed journalists who wrote negative articles about him in the lead up to the fight..

"It hasn’t even been two hours and once again you’re throwing me straight back into a battle," he added.

"For years people said 'Floyd is scared.' Tomorrow I want all you guys who said I was scared and wrote negative articles about me… people don’t know me, I love my family, I want the best for my family, I’m an American dream, I worked hard to put my family in a great situation. I’m going to wake up early tomorrow and read all your stories."

Seven claims of physical assault against five different women have been made against Mayweather in the past and much of the media focus centred on this part of his life.

Despite the scorecards Pacquiao thought he had done enough to win the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"It was a good fight. I thought I won the fight, he didn't do nothing," said the Filipino. "I got him many times, I thought I won the fight.

"I can handle his power.

"I will take a rest."

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