Floyd Mayweather knows: 'Pacquiao is true champion at heart'

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. had nothing but good things to say about Manny Pacquiao after the bout at the MGM Grand Arena.

(CNN Philippines) — After getting a taste of Manny Pacquiao’s patented speed and power, Floyd Mayweather Jr. spoke highly of his Filipino counterpart following his win Sunday (May 3) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

The three judges scored it 1118-110, 116-112, 116-112, all in favor of the undefeated American boxer.

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“I tip my hat off to Manny Pacquiao,” said Mayweather of the Pacman in the aftermath of his victory that preserved his immaculate record. “Now I see why he’s one of the guys who’s at the pinnacle in the sport of boxing.”

He admitted, “He’s a true champion at heart.”

In fact, before the results were announced, Mayweather approached and hugged Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, as a gesture of sportsmanship.

The fans cheered in disapproval of the decision, but Mayweather is convinced he won agaisnt the Pacman.

Pacquiao is known to be the volume puncher, but stats said otherwise.

According to the final fight stats, Mayweather threw (435-429) and landed (148-81) more punches.

“I know he’s gonna push and win some rounds. He had moments in the fight but I kept him on the outside. I'm the smarter fighter, I outboxed him. We did what we had to do tonight,” he said.

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Mayweather now holds a pristine 48-0 card, adding Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title to his WBA and WBC belts.

He said he will fight for the last time in September, but will it be a rematch against the Filipino pugilist?

“I got one more fight. My last fight is in Spetember, then it’s time for me to hang it (gloves) up. I’m almost 40 years old, I’ve been in the sports for 19 years and I’m truly thankful and blessed,” said the 38-year-old boxer.