LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao won a lopsided 12-round decision over Sugar Shane Mosley on Saturday night, retaining his WBO welterweight title along with his 14th consecutive victory.
Pacquiao (54-3-2) didn’t have the knockout he wanted, nevertheless the Filipino Congressman retained his squeeze most dominant and exciting fighter in the sport, methodically beating Mosley (46-7-1) at the MGM Grand Garden in Nevada.
Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Shane Mosley during their WBO welterweight title bout, Saturday, May 7, 2011, in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao knocked Mosley down which has a left hook inside the third round, a punch that appeared to sap Mosley’s willingness to interact. Pacquiao ran after Mosley other fight, though the former champion who may never have been stopped in 18 years in the ring were able to finish the 12th round on his feet.
Pacquiao won 120-108 on a single scorecard, 120-107 on a second and 119-108 on the third. The Associated Press had him winning 118-110.
For Mosley, your dream was strikingly much like his bout last year against Floyd Mayweather Jr.-except on this occasion he didn’t even land a major punch like he did ahead of time against Mayweather.
His biggest moment with this night came when referee Kenny Bayless mistakenly ruled that Mosley knocked Pacquiao down within the 10th round when he hadn’t even hit him using a punch.
The ruling did actually spur Pacquiao on as they attacked Mosley the rest of the round and again inside 11th. At that same moment, the bunch was cheering “Knock him out, knock him out,” but Pacquiao-bothered by the cramp in his left leg considering that the fourth round-didn’t have enough to finish him off.
“It wasn’t my best performance,” Pacquiao had. “I did my best. I didnrrrt expect this result.”
Mosley said he thought he did a fantastic job despite losing round after round, and wouldn’t blame his bad performance on his age.
“I fought the best fighter on the globe,” Mosley said. “He has exceptional power, souped up that I’ve never been hit similar to this before.”
Promoter Bob Arum defended putting Mosley in the ring against Pacquiao despite signs in Mosley’s last two fights that his reflexes were slipping.
“Nobody really can perform against him,” Arum said. “Some of such guys are very good fighters, but nobody within their whole experience has ever faced somebody like (Pacquiao). Most people are likely to look exactly the same way.”
Mosley was tentative from the opening bell, moving backward and seemingly unwilling to trade punches with Pacquiao. Pacquiao finally made experience of a left hook at the conclusion of the third round, sending Mosley to the canvas only for the next time in his professional career.
Mosley was up with the count of 5, and managed to survive a final minute in the round despite Pacquiao’s best efforts to adopt him out.
Pacquiao pressed the fight the majority of the night, but he also appeared not wanting to take many chances, which trainer Freddie Roach said was due to muscle cramp that his corner experimented with massage between rounds.
“He had no leverage to advance from then on,” Roach said. “It would be a very gutty performance in my mind.”
Pacquiao said his leg started bothering him in the fight last November against Antonio Margarito.
“I thought Shane did a fantastic job, he had some speed,” Pacquiao said. “I couldn’t move because my left leg got tight. It’s a difficulty I’ve been having lately. I’m gonna focus on my legs later on training camps.”
The sellout crowd of 16,412 booed Mosley repeatedly within the late rounds for his refusal to trade punches with Pacquiao.
Mosley fought as though wanting to protect his legacy of needing never been knocked out and, if it was his strategy, it succeeded. However it made for a lackluster fight and did nothing to burnish the legacy that the Filipino champion has generated with 14 straight wins over the last six years-including some in the biggest names hanging around.
Pacquiao developed a minimum of $20 million for that fight, while Mosley was guaranteed $5 million.