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Pacquiao victorious over Mosley

Manny Pacquiao Shane MosleyBy John F. McKenna (McJack): Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime – As expected by most boxing writers and fans Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) was victorious over “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Pacquiao won a one sided unanimous decision over Mosley who was just not able to cope with Manny’s blazing speed. After a third round knockdown scored by Pacquiao, Mosley went into a defensive mode and appeared to be content with surviving the twelve round fight. At times Mosley seemed to be intimidated by Pacquiao’s speed and conceded round after round by being inactive. The pro Pacquiao crowd frequently booed Mosley for his inactivity.

The scoring for the fight was 120 to 108, with one judge ruling 120 to 107 in Pacquiao’s favor. The referee scored a late round knockdown for Mosley which was not really a knockdown. Manny turned up the heat in the final three rounds attempting to be the first fighter to KO Mosley, but Mosley’s defensive posture would not allow him to be KO’d.

The long anticipated fight turned out to be a disappointing one and once the “Pacman” got into his groove the only question that remained was whether Mosley would be able to go the distance. Mosley, who was in excellent condition had said frequently before the fight that he was determined to give it his best shot and thought at the outset that he had a good chance to win. After he went down however he looked confused and bewildered and surprised by the power in the left hand that knocked him down. Shane never really showed any offense after the third round knockdown.

During the pre fight hype for the fight there were many Mosley supporters who thought he would do well against Pacquiao because Pacquiao is an aggressive fighter. Over the past couple of years it has been fighters who box from a distance who give Mosley problems. With his short reach Pacquiao would have to attack Mosley. Shane worked on his plan at length to counter “Pacman” as he moved in. The Mosley camp also reasoned that Mosley was much quicker than Margarito who landed a significant number of punches on Manny. In addition Mosley stopped Margarito while the best Pacquiao could do was win by decision.

It would seem likely after Shane Mosley’s disappointing performance against Pacquiao that he will have difficulty landing any more big money fights. He should really consider hanging up the gloves before his once great talent continues to erode. Having a chiseled body is not the same as being in good fighting shape.

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