Even though Floyd Mayweather, undefeated American welterweight, was declared the winner by three judges after a 12-round match in Las Vegas on Saturday night, his opponent’s supporters weren’t pleased with the result and said there should be a rematch.
Floyd Mayweather won the fight on a points decision by three judges scoring 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 against Manny Pacquiao.
Some Filipino fans attributed the Mayweather’s win to the fight being hosted in the US and supported Pacquiao despite his loss.
“It’s a home court decision. Manny should have won,” said Karlo Alexei Nograles, a lawmaker from Davao City. “Manny did not disappoint Filipinos, he gave it his all.”
Many Filipinos demanded a rematch, insisting Pacquiao was the more aggressive and active fighter.
“[Pacquiao] fought for respect, not points. He won the hearts of the world,” announced Filipino President Benigno Aquino, via his spokesman Edwin Lacierda.
The welterweight world title match generated unprecedented hype and revenue, with as many as three million pay-per-view purchases adding up to an estimated $400M total.
Mayweather who continues his winning streak with his 48th victory is expected to receive up to $180M while Pacquiao at 57 wins and 6 losses is slated to receive about $120M.