WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), showed us once again why he is the biggest attraction in boxing, punishing former champ Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) over 12 rounds in a one-sided unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
All three judges scored the bout all to Pacquiao by lopsided scores: 119-108, 120-108 and 120-107. According to the pay-per-view broadcast, Pacquiao landed 100 more punches than Mosley did, 182 to 82, and threw more than twice as many punches, 552 to 260.
Although Mosley came out fighting hard in the earlier rounds but it was all Pacquiao busier from there on. Pacquiao decked Mosley in round three with a straight left hand to the head. Mosley went on a defensive mode much of the time.
Referee Kenny Bayless mistakenly credited Mosley with a knockdown in round ten after he threw Pacquiao to the deck, which served to wake Manny more than anything.
Pacquiao acknowledged after the fight that there was some disappointment among his fans that he couldn’t knock Mosley out, despite dominating him for 12 rounds.
“I tried my best for a good fight, to make people happy,” Pacquiao said. “In the middle rounds my legs got tight. I went to move but it was tight. … I have to work on my legs because my legs were hurt.”
Widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, the only remaining question for him is whether there are any challenges remaining. Do we hear Floyd Mayweather Jr.? Every boxing fan wants to see Pacquiao fight Mayweather Jr.
“I thought I did a pretty good job,” Mosley said. “Manny is an exceptional fighter. Good speed and power. Power that I’ve never gotten hit with before. … He’s a fighter, he’s a warrior.”
“You’re the real pound-for-pound king now,” as Mosley told Pacquiao in the ring afterward.