Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley: Mosley's 10 Toughest Opponents (With Video)

Tyler CurtisAnalyst IApril 30, 2011

Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley: Mosley's 10 Toughest Opponents (With Video)

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    LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 13:  Oscar De La Hoya takes a punch in the face from Shane Mosley on September 13, 2003 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mosley defeated De La Hoya by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Earlier this week I took a look at the 10 toughest opponents of Manny Pacquiao's career and will admit that it was much harder to put together a list of 10 tough fights he had.

    Shane Mosley has had a hall-of-fame career and has always fought the best fighters out there.

    That makes this list a little easier to put together because he has always been facing high profile fighters.

    Pacquiao is on a great run but at the start of his career he was a little man in Asia and they don't always fight the best guys out there.

    Mosley has also lost six times so it is a little easier to find guys he struggled with because well he lost to them but at any rate, lets get this show on the road.

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No. 10: Philip Holiday (1-0)

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    You have to start somewhere, and we start at the first big fight for Mosley. This was the first time Mosley went 12 rounds, and was the first time that he fought for a world title.

    Holiday came into the fight as 31-0 and had defended his title six times.

    Mosley won the fight by scores of 116-113, 117-111, and 115-114. The 117-111 was a little wide, but Mosley had some struggles with Holiday.

No. 9: Wilfredo Rivera (1-0)

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    Jumping up two weight classes usually results in problems and it did for Mosley when he jumped two classes to fight Wilfredo Rivera.

    Rivera as 30-3-1 at the time, and had three times for the world title, losing to Pernell Whitaker twice on close scores, and getting blown out by Oscar De La Hoya.

    Mosley got Rivera out in the 10th and final round, but the cards read 86-85, 88-83 in favor of Mosley, and 86-85 against him.

    He got the job done but it was clear that the huge jump in weight class bothered him.


No. 8: Ricardo Mayorga (1-0)

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    This was a fight where Mosley was expected to win by a wide margin, but just looked bad.

    For whatever reason Mosley didn't look good at all and went into the final round ahead on two cards but not by much.

    One card had me up rather widely 107-102, while the other had him up 105-104. The third card had him down 105-104. The fight was tight but he finished it off in style and dropped Mayorga hard.


No. 7: Sergio Mora (0-0-1)

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    This was his last fight and it was just terrible.

    He looked old, slow, and everyone of his 39 years. On the other hand Mora didn't try to fight, and as you will see in the highlights literally ran around the ring.

    This fight was "tough" because Mora didn't fight.


No. 6 Fernando Vargas (2-0)

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    I am only talking about their first fight. I think Vargas was mentally checked out by the time of their second fight, but that is a talk for another time.

    The first fight was actually fairly close, and most people don't remember that.

    Mosley eventually won with a TKO-10 because the eye of Vargas was the size of a beach ball. Mosley was only ahead by one point on two cards, and he was down by one point on the other card.

    To be honest I was shocked when I saw that because the only thing I recall is the eye of Vargas.


No. 5: Miguel Cotto (0-1)

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    The first guy on this list that beat Mosley. Cotto was 30-0 at the time, and on the cusp of super stardom.

    That never happened but this was one of Cotto's better performance. He boxed/slugged his way to a win over a rejuvenated Mosley.

    Cotto only won by two points on two cards and three on the other card. The fight was close but it was surely a tough fight for Mosley.


No. 4: Oscar De La Hoya (2-0)

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    Mosley may have beaten Oscar two times, but it sure as hell wasn't easy.

    They fought two times and it was very, very close both times. Mosley won the first fight by scores of 116-112, 115-113 for him and 115-113 against him.

    The second fight he won by scores of 115-113 across the board. When you fight two times and it is that close there isn't much separating you.


No. 3: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (0-1)

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    Mayweather would be higher on here but he only beat him one time so he has to settle for third. As far as scores go this is the worst loss for Mosley.

    He landed the shot heard round the world in round two and then lost every second of every round after that.

    Losing by scores of 119-109 (2x) and 118-110 is pretty bad. You can't really get much worse and if he didn't land that shot in round two he probably would of lost almost every round on every card.


No. 2: Winky Wright (0-2)

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    Wright was the second man to beat Mosley twice, and he is second on my list.

    Wright was always a great defensive fighter and that is why he couldn't get a big fight. Mosley stepped up and gave him a fight in 2004 and lost pretty badly.

    Wright just befuddled Mosley with his superior defense and jabbing. They would fight again eight months later and it was much closer but Mosley lost by scores of 115-113 (2x) and 114-114.


No. 1: Vernon Forrest (0-2)

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    Here we have the first man to beat Mosley twice in the late and great Forrest.

    He is the only man to knock Mosley down, and it wasn't a fluke knockdown. He put him down hard and Mosley went down again because he still didn't have his legs.

    Forrest was the perfect foil to Mosley as he was fast, could box, and could hit. Mosley came into the first fight 38-0, and was considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He lost on scores of 115-110, 117-108, and 118-108.

    The second fight was a little bit closer, but Mosley lost by unanimous decision. This was actually the third time Mosley lost to Forrest, as he lost to him in the Olympic Trails.

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