Manny Pacquiao after losing via unanimous decision: 'I thought I won the fight'

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Manny Pacquiao raises his arms as he greets the crowd after the twelfth round of his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

(CNN Philippines) β€” Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao disagreed with the result of his world welterweight championship bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. dubbed as the 'Fight of the Century'.

Pacquiao lost via unanimous decision 118-110, 116-112, 116-112. Mayweather's victory allowed him to keep his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, while seizing Pacquiao's WBO belt.

"I thought I won the fight," Pacquiao, who is now sporting a 57-6-2 record, said in his post-bout interview.

Mayweather improved his record to 48-0.

Pacquiao was the aggressive fighter for majority of the contest.

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"He's a tough competitor," admitted the 38-year-old American boxer.

"I know he’s gonna push and win some rounds. He had moments in the fight but I kept him on the outside. I'm the smarter fighter, I outboxed him," added Mayweather.

How the judges saw it

Judge Dave Moretti scored it 118-110 in favor of Mayweather. While judges Burt Clements and Glenn Feldman saw it 116-112 β€” each giving eight of the 12 rounds to Mayweather. Louie Navarro, who scored the bout for, had it 116-111 on the site's unofficial scorecard in favor of Pacquiao.

"I was never hurt (by Mayweather). I was very surprised by the scores," said Pacquiao.

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Stats from Compubox revealed that Mayweather landed on 148 of his 435 punches. While Pacquiao connected on just 81 of 429 punches.

For the power punches, Mayweather had a 48% rating (81 of 168) while Pacquiao only landed 63 of the 236 times he unleashed haymakers, good for 27%. It was practically the same story for the jabs category as Mayweather connected 25% (67 of 267) while Pacquiao registered a dismal 9% (18 of 193).

Palace issues praise

Meanwhile, the Philippine government offered a salute to the valiant effort displayed by Pacquiao against Mayweather.

"Filipinos can hold their heads up high: our national pride, Congressman Manny Pacquiao, did us all proud when he stood his ground against one of the best boxers of our time, Floyd Mayweather," the statement from the Office of the President read.

"President Aquino reiterates his thanks to Manny for serving as an inspiration to every Filipino in overcoming the daily challenges in the pursuit of a better life and future."

In Pacquiao's hometown, General Santos city, people cheered as the Pambansang Kamao threw a combination of punches against Mayweather but were dismayed upon hearing the result of the bout. City mayor Ronnel Rivera said he was disappointed with the decision of the judges maintaining his belief that the fighting congressman did his job inside the ring.

Rivera also revealed that even though the Filipino southpaw lost to his American counterpart, the city will still provide him with a grand hero's welcome when he comes home.

CNN Philippines' Malacanang beat reporter Anjo Alimario and General Santos stringer Gilbert Gorgonio Jr. contributed to this report.