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Mayweather did a better job against Mosley than Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr Manny Pacquiao Shane MosleyBy Eric Thomas: In analyzing how Floyd Mayweather Jr. did against Shane Mosley in his one-sided 12 round decision win last year in May and comparing it to Manny Pacquiao’s victory last night in Las Vegas, I’ve come to the conclusion that Mayweather did a much better job against Mosley than Pacquiao. It’s not even close. Other than the one punch where Mayweather was briefly hurt in the 2nd round, he dominated Mosley and was rarely hit him in the fight.

In contrast, Pacquiao was hit a number of times by Mosley and looked quite sloppy, slow and ordinary. This wasn’t the fight that Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach wanted. Roach was hoping to get a knockout win from Pacquiao to try and show how much better Pacquiao is than Mayweather and hoping, in turn, that Mayweather would want to fight Pacquiao. But I think Pacquiao failed in impressing against Mosley. Pacquiao had a low connect percentage in the fight and missed often with hard shots.

The accuracy was badly missing from Pacquiao’s punches last night against Mosley. Mayweather was much more accurate and missed few punches against Mosley. Mayweather was more like a surgeon, whereas Pacquiao was like a duck hunter shooting a scatter gun. To be sure, Pacquiao got the job done like Mayweather, but not nearly as pretty and impressive.

It looks to me like Roach’s dream of Pacquiao impressing more than Mayweather failed miserably with Pacquiao clearly not doing as good as Mayweather. The excuses that have come afterwards about why Pacquiao looked so bad – leg cramps and over-trained – are rather empty. They don’t cover up the reality of the situation that Pacquiao struggled against Mosley and didn’t look good.

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