Mayweather takes his $100 million check and runs

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done.

"No pictures, though," Mayweather said, sliding the check out of an envelope. "Don't want any pictures of it."

The check will soon be cashed, adding to the millions Mayweather already has stashed in his bank accounts. It was actually just a down payment for his night's work, which could total more than $200 million by the time pay-per-view sales are tallied up.

The richest fight ever wasn't the best fight ever, but that wasn't entirely Mayweather's fault. He did what he usually does Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao in a win that cemented his legacy as the best of his generation, even if he didn't win any new fans doing it.

Still, the fight will be a tough act to follow if only because of the staggering money it brought in. Hard to imagine Mayweather fighting for a paltry $30 million or $40 million after a night he made history with the richest single payday any athlete of any sport has made.

He says he'll fight once more in September, then hang up the gloves. Mayweather says it's time to enjoy the fruits of his labor from a sport that has consumed his life since he was a kid throwing punches in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"I don't really think I'll miss the sport," Mayweather said. "I don't even watch boxing. At one particular time I loved the sport of boxing. I wanted to go to every fight and wanted to be at every boxing event. But I just lost the love for the sport."

Before a well-heeled crowd of 16,507 that cheered every time Pacquiao threw a punch, Mayweather dominated late once again to pull out a decision win that seemed closer in the ring than it did on the scorecards. Pacquiao even thought he won, though punch stats showed Mayweather landing far more punches and even throwing more than the usually frenetic Filipino.

Pacquiao would blame a shoulder injury suffered in training last month for not being able to throw more right hands. His handlers would blame Nevada boxing officials for not allowing him a shot to numb the shoulder just before the fight, though the excuse rang hollow.

"I cannot use a lot of my right hand but the fight was still good," Pacquiao said. "What we wanted to do we couldn't do because of my shoulder. But he's fast, he's a good boxer. Give the credit to him. He won tonight."

Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, said his fighter would like a rematch, but there is little chance of that. Not with Pacquiao's shoulder injury, and certainly not after the perfect financial storm of a fight that cannot be replicated.

Pacquiao likely made $100 million himself for the fight that packed the MGM Grand arena with celebrities, sports stars and people paying as much as $40,000 for ringside seats. The bout was delayed for about a half hour because pay-per-view sales were overwhelming cable and satellite systems, a good omen for the paydays of both fighters.

But while Pacquiao was the crowd favorite, Mayweather was the masterful boxer. He may not have ended the career of the remarkable career of the Filipino who once sold doughnuts on the streets to survive, but it's doubtful Pacquiao can continue as a big pay-per-view much longer.

"I did my best, but my best wasn't good enough," Pacquiao said. "I fought a good fight."

Mayweather fought a good fight, too, even if it wasn't the crowd pleasing affair fans wanted. He used his reach advantage to land jab after jab, and was so elusive that Pacquiao was only able to land one of every five punches he threw, including only 18 of 193 right jabs.

It was another great defensive performance from a fighter who knows just what he has to do to win. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights in a career that has now stretched 19 years.

"I knew I had him from round one," Mayweather said. "I went out there and felt him out. I wanted to see certain moves. Everything is a calculated move. I'm 10 steps ahead of any other fighter."

If Mayweather is serious about hanging up the gloves after one more fight, he'll go into the history books as the best of his generation - and certainly the richest. Because he doesn't take chances and turns fights into chess matches, though, he's not going to be mentioned on any short list of all-time greats even while he insists he's the best ever.

Mayweather says he plans to give up all three welterweight titles he holds so other fighters have a chance at them. That will also make it easier for him to choose an opponent for a September fight that he says will be his last.

But there will be pressure to continue. Rocky Marciano's record of 49-0 could be broken with two more fights, and the MGM is building an arena on the Las Vegas Strip that Mayweather could open next spring if he keeps fighting.

"I'm only human, I contradict myself," Mayweather said, leaving open the possibility of more fights. "I'm not perfect."

He wasn't against Pacquiao. But he was good enough to pocket his $100 million check in boxing's richest fight.

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Floyd ''Money'' Mayweather (black & gold trunks) took on Manny ''Pac Man'' Pacquiao (yellow and red trunks) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 2, 2015 to battle for the World Welterweight Championship. Mayweather emerged victorious after twelve rounds with a unanimous decision from the judges.
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, left, trades blows with Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, throws a right against Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, punches Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, punches Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Manny Pacquiao, left, from the Philippines, trades blows with Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, hits Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, listens to his trainer Freddie Roach, left, during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, trades blows with Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, left, and Floyd Mayweather Jr., embrace in the ring at the finish of their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 02: Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z attend the welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Recording artist Justin Bieber, right, enters the arena before the start of the world welterweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Burger King and Justin Bieber walk backstage at 'Mayweather VS Pacquiao' at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. answers reporter questions during a press conference following his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A Filipino watches a live satellite feed of the welterweight title fight between Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a free public viewing in downtown Manila, Philippines on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Mayweather Jr. won the match. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A Filipino watches a live satellite feed of the welterweight title fight between Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a free public viewing in downtown Manila, Philippines on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Mayweather Jr. won the match. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Manny Pacquiao gestures while standing on the scales for the weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather (2L) takes questions following the weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather (L) and Manny Pacquiao (R) gesture following their weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 01: CEO of HUBLOT Ricardo Guadalupe (L) and President of HUBLOT Latin America Rick De La Croix celebrate a knockout partnership at HUBLOT and Floyd Mayweather Jr.: The perfect combination for the fight of the century at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for HUBLOT)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 01: WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrives at HUBLOT and Floyd Mayweather Jr.: The perfect combination for the fight of the century at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for HUBLOT)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 01: (L-R) President of WBC Mauricio Sulaiman CEO of HUBLOT Ricardo Guadalupe, WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and President of HUBLOT Latin America Rick De La Croix celebrate a knockout partnership at HUBLOT and Floyd Mayweather Jr.: The perfect combination for the fight of the century at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for HUBLOT)
Floyd Mayweather (Center L) and Manny Pacquiao (Center R) face off following their weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather gestures while standing on the scale for his weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather arrives for the weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans show their support for boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather at the weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao gestures while standing on the scale for the weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 01: Manny Pacquiao holds up the WBO belt during his official weigh-in on May 1, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on stage after facing-off with one another following their weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao face off following their weigh-in on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their 'Fight of the Century' on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 01: Fans of boxer Manny Pacquiao cheer before the official weigh-in for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao on May 1, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two boxers will face each other in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 01: Rapper Flo Rida performs before the official weigh-in for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on May 1, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two boxers will face each other in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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