Twelve rounds of explosive toe-to-toe action between two of the biggest superstars in the world of boxing. That is what took place last Saturday night in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas between the undefeated Floyd 'Money' Mayweather and the vengeful 'Sugar' Shane Mosley.
Prior to the bout, it was said that Shane Mosley would be by far the toughest competitor Floyd Mayweather would have to face in his career. This assumption was likely brought about by the 84.78 KO percentage Mosley held under his belt, 22.28 percent higher than that of Mayweather's. What was predicted to be an all out bloody brawl turned out to be just another trial that could be passed with the simple execution of the sweet science.
All three judges scored the fight in favor of Mayweather, with two tallying it at 119-109 and the other not far behind at 118-110. Statistics emerged as impressively lopsided with Mayweather connecting on 43.61 percent or 208/477 of his shots in comparison to Mosley's inaccurate 20.35 percent or 92/452.
The standoff began with a close first round, wherein Mosley came out of his corner fresh and aggressive. Mayweather did his best to catch the combinations with counters and his Philly shell defense, but the pace was slowed down by a number of clinches. According to general scorecards, Shane Mosley got the upper hand.
Mosley leveled up his attack in the following round, which a number spectators claim to be the "best three minutes" of the fight. On a key exchange in that round, Mosley caught Mayweather with sudden straight right hand, shaking up Mayweather's composure to a point where he took three successive combinations and wasn't able to answer back to any of them; one of which included Mayweather being hit by a powerful right hook.
The momentum-packed moment sent the crowd into a frenzy and caused the hearts of analysts and gamblers to skip a beat, thinking that the night would end early with a result way too unlikely for anyone to have contemplated. Thankfully, "Money May" kept himself upright with clean clinches and survived the violent second round barrage.
Along with the clang of the bell to start the third round, Mosley's supporters saw the beginning of the end for their prized veteran fighter. Mayweather, now down two rounds, found the fight's rhythm and began the establishment of his 10-round dominance in the ring.
For the next 30 minutes, Floyd Mayweather reigned upon the MGM Grand dominion. Right there was an arsenal of beautiful dodges, bobs, weaves, jabs, shoulder rolls and counter punches.
Truly the ring became a sight to behold, and as one sided as it was, any fighter—professional, amateur, or even a mere Saturday night sparring partner—could have learned a truckload of tactics from Mayweather's corner. Floyd Mayweather did everything any trainer could ask for and more.
Sadly, with every passing moment, "Sugar" Shane Mosley looked less like the 46 win, 39 KO contender who entered the ring, and more like the aging 38 year old athlete on the imminent decline from his prime. Approaching the final portion of the match, a desperate "Sugar" Shane turned to the use of uneducated clinches and shoves, having to entangle himself with Mayweather just to land a few futile shots to the abdominal area.
Any further attempts by Shane Mosley to recover the sway of the bout were insignificantly quelled by the focused Floyd Mayweather.
The end of the duel came and both men approached each other in the middle of the ring to shake hands and await the obvious unanimous decision from the judge's panel. This signalled the end of their heated feud which began last September, when Mosley crashed the celebration of Mayweather's win against Juan Manuel Marquez in the very same arena.
Critics and spectators that claim the fight was slow and unimpressive must not have any idea what they are talking about. I do recognize that Shane Mosley did not fight up to par with textbook expectations and that no knockdown was reached by either sides, but that isn't what boxing is about.
Boxing is about the meticulous execution and knowledge of your craft, boxing is a much a mind game as it is a physical one. Just like any other game or sport, it is the basics that are present from start to finish.
To describe the collection of effort Floyd Mayweather poured out that night would be a difficult task for any person to accomplish without giving enough credit to his prowess. But if I must, it was a sweet scientific spectacle for the ages.
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