Manny Pacquiao vs Shane Mosley: "Sugar" Shane's Sweetest Knockouts (With Video)

Tyler CurtisAnalyst IApril 27, 2011

Manny Pacquiao vs Shane Mosley: "Sugar" Shane's Sweetest Knockouts (With Video)

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    LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 24:   Shane Mosley lands a punch on Antonio Margarito as Margarito's corner throws in the towel en route to a TKO in the ninth round during their WBA welterweight title fight on January 24, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles,
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    Yesterday we took a look at the best Manny Pacquiao knockouts and today, we are going to look at the best knockouts from "Sugar" Shane Mosley. When he was a lightweight, he was a pure destroyer. He was a top pound-for-pound fighter and was literally knocking everyone out.

    That doesn't mean his power went away as he moved up in weight. He still scored some nice knockouts, but they didn't come as often as before. I again am using my KO scale for this list. That means pretty knockouts don't always win out.

    The KO scale takes into account the brutality, opponent and if it was in a title fight. It also doesn't hurt if it is dramatic. At any rate, let's get to the sweetest knockouts of Shane Mosley.

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10. John John Molina (Knockout Starts at 5:40)

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    KO scale: 6.

    We start off with a light one, as the referee stopped the fight and Molina didn't go down.

    Molina came into the fight with a good record of 45-4 and was a former WBO and two-time-IBF super featherweight champion. He was only knocked out once and went the distance with Oscar De La Hoya.

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9. Willy Wise (Knockout at 9:15)

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    KO scale: 6.

    Not a great one, but a good body shot nonetheless.

    This win wasn't anything too big, as Wise was a journeymen type fighter, but it was the second win at welterweight for Mosley and set him up to fight Oscar De La Hoya.

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8. Wilfredo Ruiz (Knockout at 5:55)

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    KO scale: 8.

    That was a brutal combination.

    Ruiz was just another victim at lightweight. He has a terrible chin, as he was knocked out in all seven of his losses. This was the fourth defense of Mosley's IBF title and fourth knockout in title defenses.

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7. Demetrio Ceballos

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    KO scale: 7.

    He left him crumpled on the floor after a nasty combination.

    Ceballos came into the fight 20-1 and had never been knocked out. Unfortunately, he ran into the lightweight version of Mosley. This was Mosley's third defense of his IBF title.

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6. Manuel Gomez

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    KO scale: 10.

    You don't drop a dude on his face without some power.

    This was his prettiest knockout to be honest, but Manuel Gomez sucked. He was 17-8 coming into the fight and was an easy first defense for Mosley. That is still a nice right hand, though.

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5. Wilfredo Rivera (Knockout at 6:10)

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    KO scale: 9.

    Mosley jumped up two weights and got a stirring one punch knockout.

    Rivera had challenged for the WBC welterweight title three times and lost two close fights to Pernell Whitaker and was knocked out by Oscar De La Hoya. It was a ballsy option for Mosley to fight him at his welterweight debut.

    That was a nice uppercut, though.

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4. Fernando Vargas (Knockdown at 1:45)

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    KO scale: 7.

    The knockdown was nicer than the knockout but impressive nonetheless.

    Vargas had lost to Mosley in their first fight just five months before this one and was looking to stay relevant. Mosley was looking to get another big title shot, and beating Vargas a second time would help him immensely.

    He won this fight and then got a WBC welterweight title shot in his next fight.

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3. Adrian Stone (Knockout Starts Around 12:00)

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    KO scale: 10.

    That was a vicious combination.

    This was the third defense of Mosley's WBC welterweight title and he proved he still had the punching power at welterweight. He scored a TKO in his first defense but didn't show power like this. Stone was on the mat for awhile after this vicious knockout.

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2. Ricardo Mayorga (Knockout Starts at 2:45)

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    KO scale: 9.

    I remember seeing this and just thinking "WOW."

    Mosley fought terribly this whole fight and was up one point and down one point on the scorecards. He had a wide lead on the other. Mayorga isn't the greatest fighter, but he is, well was, durable and takes a punch well.

    This was also the fight that got him the next fight.

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1. Antonio Margarito

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    KO scale: 9.

    This was a shocker and won Mosley the legitimate welterweight title.

    Most people were tabbing Mosley as over the hill and worried about his health going into this fight. He then went out and put an ass whupping on Margarito. He won every second of every round and forever dented that iron chin on Margarito.

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