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

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  • Pair battled through a closely-fought 12 rounds, but the American came out on top – retaining his undefeated record
  • At the end of the bout, ‘Money’ confirmed that he will have one more fight in September, citing a deal with Showtime 
  • More than 16,000 fans filled the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the most lucrative sporting encounter of all time
  • 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Mark Whalberg, Bradley Cooper and Donald Trump were just some of the names sat ringside 
  • Tom Brady spent the first part of Saturday at the Kentucky Derby before jetting to Las Vegas for the encounter  
  • Just hours before the event, viewers across the US complained their paid for viewing – at $99 a piece – was crashing

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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.

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.

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