Former Sheffield world champion Johnny Nelson said Floyd Mayweather’s technical excellence was a joy to behold, from his ringside seat in Las Vegas.
After Mayweather’s dominant unanimous points victory over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, the former Ingle cruiserweight champ said: “He ran away with the fight and I had him four rounds up. It was a complete masterclass. He adjusted quickly and used his boxing ability. “
Rotherham promoter Dave Coldwell, also in the US for the show had Mayweather as “a big winner. He tweeted: “Different level. Again!”
Barnsley’s Lee Noble said of the winner: “The best of my era appreciate him while he’s here and to all the kids watching this is what you can achieve if you dedicate yourself 100% to something you love.”
Mayweather had been too classy for his Filipino opponent as the judges awarded him the 48th win of his career with scorecards of 118-110 116-112 116-112.
And former WBC heavyweight Frank Bruno said: “In this generation you have to go very, very far before you can be a skilled craftsman, businessman, technician, professional and a king in knowing his craft. As a boxer you’ve got to admire him, he’s got to go down as one of the greats. He’s just got better; he can go on until he’s 50 because he’s got the secret to looking after himself, he’s on his game and he’s a true professional businessman and entrepreneur.”
Amir Khan tweeted: “Great performance #EasyWork.”
The Bolton fighter added on BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “(Mayweather) took Manny’s best shot and he just had to come back.
“It was a classy fight. The mistake Manny made was drop to Mayweather’s pace. To fight Mayweather you have to stick to your own pace, and that’s something a young fighter would do.”
Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis felt Khan would be an interesting next opponent for Mayweather, but backed the American’s guile and experience to win the day should the fight happen.
“Khan is a fast boxer, he moves great on his feet. The only thing Khan doesn’t have is a lot of experience and I feel that may hold him back,” Lewis told the Sportsweek programme.
Asked if he thought Mayweather would edge it against Khan, Lewis said: “Yes I do.”
Four-time world champion Carl Froch waxed lyrical about Mayweather’s performance, but admitted his disappointment with Pacquiao.
“Was Pacquiao that poor or Mayweather that good?” Froch told Sky Box Office.
“Mayweather was that good, he was sharp, accurate. I wanted to see more from Pacquiao, I am disappointed.
“I was a bit disappointed with Pacquiao saying he thought he won.
“You can see when you are getting beat and outboxed. The best man won there tonight.”