Photos: Floyd Mayweather Wins fight of the Century in Las Vegas


Floyd Mayweather wins fight of the century: Galaxy of stars look on as Manny Pacquiao narrowly loses $400m pay-per-view spectacle

Floyd Mayweather has won the fight of the century, beating Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous decision in front of a star-studded crowd in Las Vegas. 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.11193365_10206476331248381_3032293553477686375_n

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 Philippino in front of a host of celebrities – including Jay Z, Beyonce, Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg and Donald Trump – and thousands of boxing fans who had flown in 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.

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 38-year-old American glares at the crowd with a championship belt over his shoulder after winning the welterweight unification championship 

The two opponents congratulate each other at the end of the fight. Pacquiao, however insists he should have come out on top 

The two opponents congratulate each other at the end of the fight. Pacquiao, however insists he should have come out on top
Mayweather and his entourage poses with his title belts after defeating  Pacquiao. He confirmed he will be fighting once more in September

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.

Ahead of the $400million pay-per-view extravaganza, he 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.

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 

Mayweather leans back into the corner as Pacquiao counters in the fourth round 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 

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