Floyd Mayweather is genius and has to be appreciated... but I can't see him taking a fight against Kell Brook or Amir Khan

  • Manny Pacquiao went ahead with the fight - he can't blame injuries now
  • People want war but that isn't Floyd Mayweather's style
  • I heard a ticket went for $300,000 - it was a surreal, corporate atmosphere
  • Mayweather will avoid young lions like Kell Brook and Amir Khan
  • I spoke with Pacquiao's promoters about a Brook fight
  • Have we found someone who can stand up to Anthony Joshua?
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I’ve just returned from Las Vegas and what was quite a surreal experience all round.

I guess we shouldn't really be surprised by how the fight turned out. We know that the casual fan wants to see two guys stand in the middle of the ring and go to war. But that just isn’t Floyd Mayweather’s style and hasn’t been for a while.

It’s been a long time since we have seen him trade punches. He seems to be getting more cautious the older he gets – he’s more keen to play cat and mouse. But don’t for one minute hold that against him. 

Floyd Mayweather (left) throws a punch at Manny Pacquiao during their big bout in Las Vegas on Saturday

Floyd Mayweather (left) throws a punch at Manny Pacquiao during their big bout in Las Vegas on Saturday

Mayweather (centre) celebrates his victory in the welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand

Mayweather (centre) celebrates his victory in the welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand

A general view of the arena where the atmosphere was pretty flat - somewhat corporate

A general view of the arena where the atmosphere was pretty flat - somewhat corporate

We are talking about a genius. He is just a master of finesse and defence and counter-punching. People want to see a war but with Mayweather you have to appreciate the elusiveness and the tactics – he is special, but not in a way that will thrill many casual fans.

With Manny Pacquiao, I don’t doubt that he was injured, but in boxing you have to accept first and foremost that you will rarely complete a camp without injury. Secondly, once you make the decision in camp to press ahead with an injury instead of postponing, you live with it. 

Once you have bitten the bullet, you can’t then turn around and complain that you had an injury as it doesn't sit well with the paying public.

That being said, I thought the first six rounds were quite close. And Pacquiao did not look like he was struggling in any way to throw his punches. After the first half of the fight, he seemed to lose his desire to go after Mayweather so much and Floyd was able to pull away comfortably. I scored it about 116-112 to Mayweather in the end.

I would complain that we didn’t get the fight we wanted but this was the world’s No 1 and No 2 pound-for-pound fighters. At least they had the fight. Whatever else gets said, at least we finally saw what would happen when Mayweather fought Pacquiao. Of course we would now like to see Mayweather fight Kell Brook or Amir Khan, but I can't see that happening next. More of that later.

Mayweather catches Pacquiao before going on to claim a unanimous decision on points

Mayweather catches Pacquiao before going on to claim a unanimous decision on points

Beyonce and Jay Z were two of the many celebrities attending the mega-fight on Saturday night

Beyonce and Jay Z were two of the many celebrities attending the mega-fight on Saturday night

Pacquiao looks dejected as he answers questions from the media at the post-fight press conference

Pacquiao looks dejected as he answers questions from the media at the post-fight press conference

I have to say, it was a weird experience in general. The atmosphere was pretty flat, if I’m honest. It felt like a very corporate atmosphere in a room full of successful people - I heard on the night that someone had paid $300,000 for their ticket.

During the rounds there was next to no noise. It wasn’t like it would have been if it was full of regular fight fans holding the ticket that the dreamt of all their lives.

Will we see them fight again? I wouldn’t rule it out.

 

What next for Pacquiao? We need to see how his recovery goes with his shoulder but I spoke with Top Rank, his promoters, in Las Vegas and there is scope for a fight with Kell down the line. Bob Arum sees it as a real possibility so let’s watch this space. Kell has Birmingham's Frankie Gavin to deal with first in a massive high-stakes clash on our bumper May 30 O2 card.

Mayweather has plenty of options now, including Brook, the IBF world champion, and Khan. I’m not sure I can see him taking a fight against either of those young lions, even though he would be a big favourite against them.

Kell Brook celebrates his victory against Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield in March

Kell Brook celebrates his victory against Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield in March

They wouldn’t even have to buy Kell a flight ticket to get to Vegas – he’d swim there. The long way round. But I can’t see Mayweather taking that fight. After making the money he has for fighting Pacquiao, he will think long and hard about the risk versus the reward of his next one.

I also can’t see Floyd fighting Khan next if he sticks to his plan of fighting in September. Given Khan has Ramadan, I wouldn’t see him fighting Mayweather until October or November, if at all.

Amir Khan (right) was in attendance at the MGM Grand on Saturday to watch Mayweather vs Pacquiao

Amir Khan (right) was in attendance at the MGM Grand on Saturday to watch Mayweather vs Pacquiao

 

Carl Froch was out in Vegas as well but how long before we see him back in the ring? Like the rest of us, he will be watching very closely when James DeGale fights Andre Dirrell for the IBF super-middleweight title on May 23. That is an exceptionally close fight and it has Carl’s attention – when DeGale comes through it could be a swansong that Carl has been looking for.

As for James, he is in a very tough, very close fight. But he has been looking brilliant in sparring. Red hot. I fully back him to beat Dirrell in the US and go on to become a pay-per-view superstar.

Carl Froch (right) has not been back in the ring since knocking out George Groves at Wembley last year

Carl Froch (right) has not been back in the ring since knocking out George Groves at Wembley last year

James DeGale (left) won his last fight against Mexico's Marco Antonio Periban last November

James DeGale (left) won his last fight against Mexico's Marco Antonio Periban last November

 

No one can say Anthony Joshua isn’t active. He is back out again this weekend on our Birmingham card and hopefully Raphael Zumbano Love can give him some rounds. The South American champion went the distance with former world champion Shannon Briggs last year so he is durable as well as taller than most opponents, but how will he do against Joshua?

That’s the question we always ask about AJ because he is that good. Kevin Johnson will be at ringside on Saturday before fighting AJ at the O2 on May 30. Johnson is loud and has a lot to say so it will be interesting to see how Joshua handles himself on the night.

Joshua’s fellow Olympic gold medallist, Luke Campbell, is also on the bill and Matthew Macklin is against Ferenc Albert. If he comes through, WBO world middleweight champion Andy Lee or WBA champion Danny Jacobs are in his sights. 

Anthony Joshua (right) in action against Jason Gavern during a heavyweight bout in Newcastle last month

Anthony Joshua (right) in action against Jason Gavern during a heavyweight bout in Newcastle last month

Luke Campbell (left) will fight as part of the bill in Birmingham on Saturday at the Barclaycard Arena

Luke Campbell (left) will fight as part of the bill in Birmingham on Saturday at the Barclaycard Arena

Sam Eggington will fight Joseph Lamptey for the Commonwealth welterweight title vacated by Frankie Gavin. It will be great to see Callum Smith return from nearly six months out with injury. We will announce a big fight for him on Saturday hopefully after an impressive win.

On Saturday, we also have Ricky Burns fighting in Texas against Omar Figueroa. They are both former world champions and Figueroa has never been beaten. It is a very hard fight for Ricky and one that I can see being fight of the year. Ricky needs this win and it is a big fight to call, but I can see him wearing Figueroa down with his workrate and forcing a late stoppage.

Jamie McDonnell is defending his world bantamweight title against unbeaten Tomoki Kameda on the same card. Kameda has won all 31 of his fights, but I believe McDonnell will come through this, probably with a points decision.

Big-time boxing just keeps on rolling on - May 30 and Rule Britannia is just around the corner.

Ricky Burns (left) takes on American Terence Crawford at the SECC in Glasgow last year

Ricky Burns (left) takes on American Terence Crawford at the SECC in Glasgow last year