'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.
"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."