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Manny Pacquiao continued his dominance over the boxing world Saturday night, easily outpointing “Sugar” Shane Mosley and retaining his WBO welterweight championship in a unanimous decision victory. Pacquiao won on scores of 119-108, 120-108, and 120-107, as Mosley retreated and simply couldn’t generate anything offensively. SBNation New York scored the bout 120-108.
Pacquiao floored Mosley in the 3rd round with a two-punch combo that finished with a straight left to the chin. It was just the third time in his career that Mosley went to the canvas. Mosley admitted in his post-fight interview that the knockdown was when he truly felt Pacquiao’s power, and he fought the rest of the night as though he had no interest in feeling it again. Mosley had opportunities to counter punch throughout, but never seriously tried to engage.
The middle rounds were met with some boos from the sold out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and those jeers were no question guided at Mosley. Pacquiao did his best to attack and make it an exciting fight, but Mosley looked happy to dodge and retreat. The only way Mosley could have had a chance going into the night was to counter, and use Pacquiao’s aggressiveness against him. But you can’t make an aggressive fighter pay if you don’t punch, and Mosley simply didn’t punch nearly enough. A staggering statistic from CompuBox stated that through the 12 rounds, Mosley fired off just five combinations.
Interestingly enough, this wasn’t Pacquiao’s finest night. He was a bit sloppy in his offense, and was attacking straight forward, which is unusual for him. Pacquiao is known for his excellent lateral movement, and we didn’t see much of that tonight. Mosley was actually credited with a knockdown in the 10th round on a horrendous call. After Mosley misfired on a three punch combo, the two fighters became entangled and Mosley shoved Pacquiao to the ground, and it was credited as a knockdown. Maybe referee Kenny Bayless and the outside official felt bad for Shane.
After the fake knockdown, Pacquiao was visibly upset, and true to the champion that he is, fought the remainder of the fight going for the knockout. Manny always tries to put on a good show, and he did his best to please the crowd over the final two and a half rounds. While he didn’t score the knockout, Pacquiao came to fight, and even on a night where he wasn’t his best, simply dominated another bigger man.
The careers of these two men couldn’t be going in two more different directions. Pacquiao can continue fighting the best fighters in whatever weight class he chooses, and will continue to make insane money doing so. Everyone wants to see Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally get in the ring, but it’s unlikely to happen next. With Mayweather staring at a slew of legal troubles, and the issues that foiled the first two attempts at making the fight still around, the chances of it happening soon are slim. It’s more likely that Pacquiao rekindles his rivalry with Juan Manuel Marquez, who Pacquiao has beaten once and drawn against once in their previous two fights. Pacquiao would rightly be the heavy favorite if they hooked up for a third time, but it would be an intriguing fight as Marquez is the last fighter to truly give Pacquiao any trouble.
Mosley on the other hand, seriously needs to consider retirement. What else is there for him to do that this point in his career? At age 39, and already a three-division world champion, it makes no sense for Mosley to keep fighting. There isn’t a fight out there for him that could improve his legacy. He’s had a great career, and in his past three performances has looked frankly pretty poor. It’s time for him to hang ’em up.
Going out losing to Manny Pacquiao is no shame. Pacquiao is dominating boxing right now in a pretty special way, mowing down every challenger that’s put in front of him. No spring chicken himself at age 32 and with 58 professional fights to his name, Pacquiao may not be fighting for that much longer. He probably has a handful of fights left.
So if you’re not already on the bandwagon, hop on and enjoy the ride while it lasts.
The year’s biggest boxing match is nearly upon us, as pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, one of the world’s most recognizable athletes, defends his welterweight crown against future Hall-of-Famer Sugar Shane Mosley tomorrow night. It really isn’t often in boxing, especially these days, where two legendary fighters face each other. And while Mosley’s career is coming to an end, it would be unfair to forget about what he’s accomplished in one of the great boxing careers of the past twenty years. And with this being Mosley’s last shot at glory, you expect him at his best. Pacquiao is riding a wave of popularity that few athletes reach. He’s the unquestioned global face of his sport and is on a head-turning streak that has seen him repeatedly take out bigger, top-quality fighters.
I’ll admit that when this fight was made, I wasn’t in love with it. Many felt the same as I did. How did Mosley, who just drew against Sergio Mora in perhaps the worst fight of 2010, earn a shot against the sport’s best? It was simple boxing politics, with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum pitting two of his biggest names together. With Top Rank and rival promoter Golden Boy in a bicker-fest that’s doing no justice to the sport, Arum needed someone in his stable for Pacquiao to fight, and more so, someone who could sell a fight. The pickings were slim. Mosley was the only realistic option, all things considered. At this point, Pacquiao could fight just about anyone, and it’s going to gain a huge audience. On top of that, Mosley is a name fighter, and although he’s never bee a big draw by himself, is probably the biggest name in the sport you could find as an “opponent”.
Pacquiao is rightly favored in this fight. If Manny continues to perform the way he has in his last few fights, he’ll likely win. There really isn’t anything that leads us to believe he won’t come in at top condition, as his trainer Freddie Roach has noted that this has been one of Pacquiao’s best training camps in the 10 years they’ve been together. That’s probably not a great sign for Mosley. Pacquiao will see an older, faded fighter in front of him, and will come out aggressive.
But throwing away Mosley’s chances wouldn’t be smart. Mosley was left for dead by the public before his match in January of 2009 against Antonio Margarito. Coming into that fight, Margarito was believed to be the superior fighter, and Mosley’s career finished. Mosley had just eked out a victory against Ricardo Mayorga, no special boxer by any means. It was supposed to be a destruction, and it was, except it was Mosley who turned back the clock and battered Margarito. Margarito’s hand wrap controversy aside, Mosley’s career was given a lifeline. He has that same chance again tomorrow night, his back up against the wall, his career seemingly ready to end after any loss.
How Pacquiao Can Win
Be Pacquiao. It’s incredible how fast and powerful Manny still is as he moves up in weight. He fought above the welterweight limit in his last fight against Margarito and looked quick, although anyone would probably look speedy against the lumbering Mexican. But back at welterweight, where he’s shutout Joshua Clottey and knocked out the tough as nails Miguel Cotto, Pacquiao is probably at his best. He also proved in his fights with Margarito at Cotto that he can take a punch. The question is, is Mosley quick enough to catch Pacquiao with a fight-changing shot? Pacquiao’s ability to move and jab and fire lightning-quick combinations will be tough for the 39-year-old Mosley to deal with.
How Mosley Can Win
Find Pacquiao and make his shots count. If you look at Manny’s face after wins against Cotto and Margarito, he has gotten hit. Pacquiao’s aggressiveness has yet to hurt him, but he hasn’t really faced anyone recently who has had the ability to flip the switch and use it against him. Mosley will have to do so to have a chance. As Pacquiao comes forward, he will give Mosley opportunities to connect. He can’t miss those opportunities.
What a Win Does for Pacquiao
Keeps him on top of the boxing world, and further validates his already legendary career. As long as Mosley puts up an effort and it’s not a complete mismatch, it will be a solid win for Pacquiao. The Mayweather-Pacquaio rumors will start right away, but expect Manny to complete a trilogy with Juan Manuel Marquez first while Mayweather figured out his legal troubles.
What a Win Does for Mosley
Revives his career, if he so chooses to continue it. It would be the biggest, most notable win in Mosley’s career, and would honestly be a pretty huge story in the sports world. A rematch would likely take place, and that wouldn’t be a bad way for Mosley to end his storied career.
Mosley has to survive the early rounds. Pacquiao will come out guns blazing, looking to end the night early. If Mosley can withstand an early flurry, stay patient, and get to the middle rounds, he has a shot. In the end, Pacquiao will be too fast, too powerful, and simply too much. Mosley’s best chance is to catch Pacquiao with a counter, and make it count. Sugar Shane nearly did that against Mayweather in the second round of their fight, but Mayweather held on. But Pacquiao has proved he can take punched from big bangers, and while he will take some shots, he’ll inflict a lot more damage than he takes. Pacquiao’s relentless offense leads to a late stoppage, the first of Mosley’s career. Manny stays as the pound-for-pound number one, while Mosley hopefully closes the book on a brilliant career.
Manny Pacquiao TKO-10
Manny Pacquiao has ascended to the top of the boxing world, making history by becoming the only man to ever hold major titles in eight different weight classes. He became a mainstream phenomenon in 2008 with his destruction of Oscar De La Hoya, and shook the world with his spectacular one-punch, second round knockout of Ricky Hatton five months later. Since then, the Filipino star has fought three times, all victories, with each one further cementing his dominance. Here’s a look at PacMan’s last three fights ahead of his welterweight clash this Saturday against Sugar Shane Mosley. Fights in chronological order.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto – November 14, 2009 (Pacquiao TKO-12)
This was Pacquiao’s first title fight at welterweight (his match against De La Hoya was at 147 as well, but was not for a belt), but was fought at a catchweight of 145 pounds. Either way, PacMan was coming up in weight, and still, maybe people thought that eventually, the rise in weight would catch up with him as he fought bigger guys. Against Cotto, Pacquaio proved that not only could he fight with welterweights, he could take their shots too. Cotto hits hard, and hit Pacquiao early in the fight, but Manny remained relentless as ever. He dropped Cotto in the third and fourth rounds, and by the time the fight was stopped less than a minute into the final round, Cotto’s face was a bloody mess. The night also proved the star power of Pacquiao who drew in over 1.25 million pay-per view buys, making it the most-watched boxing event of 2009, a year in which Floyd Mayweather came out of “retirement”.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey – March 13, 2010 (Pacquiao UD-12)
What was billed as “The Event” wasn’t much of one, but that wasn’t Manny’s fault. After his victory over Cotto, the negotiations opened up between Pacquiao and Mayweather for a superfight in March at Cowboys Stadium. The fight fell through for different reasons depending on who you talk to, but Top Rank head bob Arum’s replacement was Joshua Clottey. The Ghanaian had some decent performances including a narrow split-decision loss to Cotto in his last fight, and he had a reputation of being tough as nails, and was a former belt holder. Well, he sure was tough that night, but showed no interest in actually fighting. Pacquiao battered Clottey all night, while Clottey hid in his shell all night. It looked like Clottey’s goal in the fight was to be able to tell people that he went 12 rounds with Manny Pacquiao once. Well the fight did go 12 rounds, and Pacquiao won every one of them in a dominant unanimous decision. The fight is probably best known for HBO announcer Jim Lampley’s hilarious “BANG! BANG! BANG!” rant as Pacquiao unloaded on Clottey. Clottey must have also been quite pleased with the money he made in the fight, as he has yet to step in the ring since.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito – November 13, 2010 (Pacquiao UD-12)
He couldn’t go up in weight again, could he? The difference in size between Pacquiao and the much bigger Antonio Margarito was both shocking and hysterical as Pacquiao moved up to the 154-pound division. The disgraced former welterweight champion Margarito got his first fight since being suspended for loading his handwraps prior to his fight against Mosley in January of 2009. At super welterweight, the difference in weights on fight night was staggering. Margarito came in at 165 lbs, while Manny was at 148. It didn’t matter at all, as the lumbering Margarito was an easy target for Pacquiao’s furious hands. The Filipino tagged Margarito up and down the ring all night, and did take some pretty good shots in the meantime. At the end of the night, Margarito’s face was literally broken, and Manny cruised to a unanimous decision win. The fight was for the WBC’s vacant Super Welterweight trinket, so Pacquiao broke his own record and became boxing’s first eight division champ.
If you compare the past performances of Pacquiao and Mosley, its not even close as to who’s more at the top of their game right now. No one is mowing through people the way Manny is, so that may be a little unfair to Mosley. But Mosley hasn’t won a fight in over two years. That’s a tough thing to have going into a fight with the world’s pound-for-pound king. Mosley says he’s feeling great and has had an excellent training camp. Then again, Pacquiao has said the same thing. We know what Pacquiao will bring. It’s up to Mosley to dust off his better self and bring it on Saturday night.
Tomorrow, we’ll have a full fight preview ahead of the weigh-in.
It isn’t often these days that two future Hall of Fame boxers go toe-to-toe, but that’s exactly what’s happening Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The best pound for pound fighter in the sport, Manny Pacquiao (52 (38)-3-2), defends his WBO Welterweight title against 39-year-old "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46 (39)-6-1), who has his proverbial last chance at glory. Fight week is upon us, and we’ll start our coverage of the event here by taking a look at each fighter’s last three fights (in chronological order). We’ll save the best for last, so we start with Mosley.
Shane Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito - January 24, 2009 (Mosley TKO-9)
That date is not a misprint. It’s been over two years since Mosley’s last win. And it came against a fighter whose career’s credibility came into question that very night. Coming into the fight, Margarito was heavily favored, based on his demolition of Miguel Cotto six months earlier, and Mosley’s age and fading skills. Soon it was apparent that whatever Margarito did in the past was probably irrelevant. Prior to the fight, Mosley’s trainer Naazim Richardson spotted illegal plaster inserts in Margarito’s handwraps, which were taken out as his hands were re-wrapped three times. Whether or not that had an effect, and it most certainly did, Mosley dominated the fight. He won every minute of the bout, and finally, mercilessly stopped Margarito in the 9th round. The victory gave Mosley’s career a lifeline.
Shane Mosley vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – May 1, 2010 (Mayweather UD-12)
In the second round, it looked like Mosley was in the midst of pulling a massive upset and making the fight one of the more memorable ones in recent memory. In that second round, Mosley landed two flush right hands on the defensive wizard Mayweather, the second of which nearly put Floyd on the canvas. What happened after was so strange. Mosley must have put everything into the second round, because after that, Mayweather simply dominated. Shane couldn’t touch him, and Mayweather counter-punched him to death. The later rounds were vintage Floyd, and Mosley suddenly looked very old and very slow. Many thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Mosley to hang ‘em up after this loss.
Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora – September 18, 2010 (Split Draw)
By all accounts, this was one of the worst fights of 2010. Mora is best known for being the first winner of the boxing-reality series The Contender. His best win coming into the match was a majority decision victory against the late Vernon Forrest, a loss Forrest erased with a victory in the rematch. The Mosley-Mora fight looked like a nightmare from the moment the match was made. Mosley won on one card, 116-12, Mora 115-113 on one, and the other was probably the fairest, at 114-114. All you need to know about how good Mora is is that in his next fight, he lost a unanimous decision to Brian Vera, who has a career record of 18-5.
Mosley’s bland draw against Mora probably isn’t the most fair way to judge where Mosley is right now. It was just a terrible style matchup. Mora refuses to engage, and Mosley makes good fights against guys who like to bang like Margarito and Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao will throw punches, that’s for sure. But Mosley hasn’t won a fight in over two years, and you can make the argument that Margarito lost that fight in the dressing room when he was caught cheating. If you look at Mosley’s last three fights, there isn’t much there that jumps out at you and makes you think he’ll have much of a chance against the best guy on the planet. Mosley does stand a chance though; it’s not a gross mismatch, and we’ll get into why in our full preview on Friday.
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