By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Sports –
The boxing world has been hungry for a competitive championship fight.
Welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao dominated Pomona’s Sugar Shane Mosley in a one sided contest by unanimous decision.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, once again, hosted a premier championship fight between an aging warrior and possibly the best fighter in the world today, Manny Pacquiao.
In recent years, Pacquiao has extinguished the careers of important fighters like Mickey Hatten and Oscar De La Hoya.
He hits you with hand speed and power that no top contender has been able to handle.
The experts gave Sugar Shane a ‘puncher’s chance’, based on his 71 inch reach and unusual power for a welterweight in his prime.
With little warning, Pacquiao unleashes combinations to the head and body with accuracy. He puts the best fighters, on the defensive, from the outset. Saturday night would be no different.
Seemingly ageless Shane Mosley, once known as the fearless welterweight with middleweight power, may have already thrown his best punches. When Pacquiao caught him with speed punches in the third round, Mosley appeared to have no answer.
With nearly 20 years in the ring, Mosley has learned how to stay on his feet and put up a good defense. The future hall of famer did all he could to last 12 rounds with the best puncher in the fight game.
According to Compubox statistics, Shane Mosley landed a mere 22 total power punches. Pacquiao landed an overwhelming 177 power punches of his own! It was the Pacquiao 3rd round knockdown that kept Mosley at a safe distance, beyond effective engaging range.
In the post fight, Mosley yielded to the greatness of Manny Pacquiao, stating that he had never been hit by such exceptional power before.
That was quite a statement for Sugar Shane who has never ducked a fight and is credited with career wins over several great fighters.
By staying on his feet, the Mosley legacy was preserved.
Sugar Shane has never been knocked out. The Las Vegas crowd remained unsatisfied as they had hoped for the battle that never came.
Trainer Freddie Roach (Pacquiao) suggested that Sugar Shane strongly consider ending his career in the ring.
Pointing out that after the knockdown, Mosley was only in survival mode and not a serious opponent for his fighter.
Whatever Shane Mosley decides to do, he will always be known for his relentless training schedule at altitude in Big Bear. Never ducking a fight. Taking on some of the most memorable fighters of all time, against every future hall of famer in the division.