The legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues his lucrative exhibition this afternoon (Sat. 21 May 2022) when he takes on undefeated former sparring partner Don Moore, who hasn’t fought since 2016, at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) legend Anderson Silva takes center stage in the co-feature. Instead of his shockwave from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and destructive finishing of Tito Ortiz (note) in a collision with a prominent figure, he will pit them in an exhibition against UAE Warriors Lightweight champion, Bruno Machado, who has never done boxing before.
The rest of the main PPV card sees former Light Heavyweight champion, Badou Jack, take on the comically incompetent Hany Atiyo and former Lightweight titlelist Delfine Person taking on the undefeated Elhem Mekhaled, who is closest to this event of a well-coordinated fight.
Mayweather vs. Moore Quick results:
Floyd Mayweather vs. Don Moore
Anderson Silva vs. Bruno Machado — Draw (exhibition) — HIGHLIGHTS
Delfine Person vs. Elhem Mekhaled — Person defeats. Mechaled by unanimous decision (97-93, 97-93, 96-94)
Badou Jack vs. Hany Atiyo – Jack beats. Atiyo by KO at 0:46 of the first round — HIGHLIGHTS
Mayweather vs. Moore round-by-round coverage:
Exhibition: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Don Moore
Catchweight Exhibition: Anderson Silva vs. Bruno Machado
Round One: Silva’s size advantage is immediately apparent. Machado searches for the body. Silva’s jabs. Halfway through. Shoe polish from Silva in. More fast hands. He’s clearly not trying to hurt Machado. In first gear continue to dominate on range. 10-9 Silva.
Round two: Yes, this is a sparring session. Silva may be in his forties, but he could take this guy’s head off if he sat on something. clinch. Machado to the body. Halfway through, Silva backs away into the corner. Machado 1-2. Good body shot of Silva. More body work. I think 10-9, 20-18 Silva.
Round three: we waited 90 minutes for this. Early clinch. Silva supports him with a combination. Still, for the most part, elbow grease. Machado tries to throw back half way. The announcers are trying to make this look interesting, she says. They trade on the ropes. 10-9, 30-27 Silva. Again, this is an exhibit. There is no scoring.
Round four: Silva is bigger, sharper, more powerful, a better mover. He takes a moment to run a bit in circles around Machado. They trade on the ropes. clinch. Silva hits him back with the left after acting in the center ring. Machado tries a combination, Silva replies to the body. Decent hook from Machado for the bell. 10-9, 40-36 Silva.
Round Five: Silva just walks into the sack and peppers Machado until he ties up. Machado tries a quartet in return. Body shot exchange. Silva 1-2, clinch halfway. Machado three-part. Counter right. Clap in the corner. Silva pushes forward and they start to trade. They go into it a bit and Silva clocks Machado with a right hook after the bell for a knockdown. They still gave him a count, so 10-8, 50-44 Silva.
Round Six: Fast 1-2 and Silva’s jab. Staring contest. Halfway through. Neither commits to anything or comes within reach. 10-9, 60-53 Silva.
Round seven: Silva just bounces at a distance. Flurries fall well short. Halfway through. Machado approaches, is stabbed in the face and falls short with his own shots. Hook on the bell. 10-9, 70-62 Silva.
Round eight: Silva backs him to the corner and gets hijacked. Again he supports Machado and fires shoeshine. Machado looking for a counterbalance. Halfway through. Silva backs Machado to the corner, lets him throw a bit, then teases him to the other corner to throw to the bell. 10-9, 80-71 Silva
End result: Draw (exhibition)
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