Pacquiao vs. Mosley Results: All the Latest News from the Big Fight
The results of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley bout could have major ramifcations in the boxing world.
For starters, this isn't just for the WBO welterweight championship when the two meet on Saturday night, May 7, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
No, Pacquiao's pound-for-pound title is on the line here, too.
Mosley is 39 and coming off two lackluster performances—a unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather and a draw with Sergio Mora.
Mosley, at one time, much earlier in his career, was considered boxing's pound-for-pound champion. He might not get it back, even with a victory, but Pacquiao will most certainly lose it with a loss.
Then it becomes a question of whether the unofficial title goes to Mayweather, who hasn't touched a boxing glove in anger in more than a year, or to someone else. It will be interesting to see how all of this shakes out, because the results of Pacquiao vs. Mosley have the potential to truly up-end the boxing world.
Would that be enough to coax Mayweather out of his shell to fight Pacquiao? Would Mayweather fight Mosley a second time? Where does Sergio Martinez stand in all of this?
We'll find out late Saturday night.
While Manny Pacquiao thoroughly dominated her man, Bella Gonzalez, Shane Mosley's young hot girlfriend got some camera-friendly time on the Showtime telecast as she vocally rooted her man on.
Gonzalez got some serious air time as she at first sat stoically while her boyfriend was dancing the night away and back-pedaling from Pacquiao.
Later in the right, as it became clear that Sugar Shane wasn't close to sniffing a victory, Bella jumped out of her seat a couple of times exhorting to her man, "C'mon baby! C'mon!"
Alas, it wouldn't be enough. While we, personally, would have jumped through a ring of fire and into a pit of tar if Bella Gonzalez were cheering for us, the 39-year-old Mosley just didn't have enough energy and strength to come close to pulling off an upset.
Unless Bella sapped him of all his energy, in which case we forgive Shane Mosley for having spend $54.95 for basically nothing.
Manny Pacquiao has defended his WBO welterweight championship with a unanimous decision victory over a lackluster Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
It was so bad that the crowd booed at the end of the fight.
If this was baseball, it was almost a near shutout for Pacquiao. The judges scores were119-108, 120-108, 120-107.
Pacquiao threw 552 punches to Mosley's 260, landed 182 to Mosley's 82.
This was not Mosley's best effort as he was in total retreat after the first round, and in pure defensive mode after being knocked down in the third round. Even Showtime announcer Gus Johnson said at the end of the 11th round, "Very disappointing effort by Shane Mosley."
Any hope that Mosley could back up the talk about age not being a factor went out the window. He looked every bit of his 39 years and eight months in this bout. But we shouldn't have been surprised. Mosley is 46-7-1 now overall -- he's 8-7-1 in his last 16 fights.
As for Pacquiao, it wasn't his best effort, either. Perhaps it will entice Floyd Mayweather into that long-awaited bout.
Manny Pacquiao was just thrown to the floor in the 10th round but referee Kenny Bayless just called it a knockdown. Pacquiao jumped up with a surp;rised smile on his face as he got a standing eight count from Bayless, and the announces on Showtime were incredulous.
And they were right.
Mosley through a right hand that sailed over the top of Pacquiao's head, and as the two fighters came together it appeared on replay that Mosley pushed Pacquiao to the canvas.
That pissed Pacquiao off, and he came on strong at the end of the 10th round and I wouldn't be surprised if he went for the knockout now.
Manny Pacquiao has sped up the tempo of the fight but Shane Mosley has nothing on his punches at this point. About the best thing we can say for now is that Mosley has made it to the 10th round. But that's not saying much.
Pacquiao has thrown so many more punches, landed so many more punches, pressed the issue more often, that he has built up an insurmountable lead in points. It's so wide that, other than the first round, I don't see where Mosley has won any of the rounds.
Pacquiao could have taken off the last couple of rounds and could take off the last three rounds and still win this fight.
Right now, it's going to take a one-punch miracle for Mosley to win this point, but he probably doesn't have the strength and energy to unleash that punch.
Shane Mosley's trainer just told his fighter after the sixth round that "you got it all figured out. But you're going to have to trust me. You're going to have to throw that right hook."
Another interesting observation by Showtime analyst Antonio Tarver, who said, "Shane came into this fight with confidence. I want to ask him where it went."
Mosley trainer Nazim Richardson just told Mosley that ever since the knockdown in the third round, he's been fighting defensively and that's incredibly true. Right now, Mosley is back from the knockdown but he's allowing Manny Pacquiao to control the fight and just stockpile points from the judges.
Right now, other than the flash knockdown, this has been a boring fight.
Shane Mosley, after being knocked down in the third round of the WBO welterweight title fight with Manny Pacquiao, survived the fourth round in pretty good shape. He appears to have the cobwebs out, although other than one three-punch combination, Mosley's punches don't appear to be crisp or solid.
Pacquiao continues to press forward, forward, forward. Through the first four rounds, Pacquiao has thrown 174 punches, more than double Mosley's 80.
Showtime analyst Antonio Tarver just made a great point -- if Mosley wants to win this fight, he's going to have to take risks. Nobody wants to take those risks against Pacquiao for fear of being knocked out, but as Tarver noted, "Not risk, no reward."
Mosley is fighting very defensively at this point. He's looking to counter, but because Pacquiao and works so many different angles, it's hard to counter him.
Manny Pacquiao just knocked down Shane Mosley for only the third time in Mosley's career with a straight left hand here in the third round. Showtime analyst Al Bernstein just noted that Pacquuiao was not exhibiting any lateral movement that you usually see in his fights and instead is fighting in a straight line.
Well, Pacquiao walked the line and came in and split Mosley's glove with a straight left hand that put Mosley on his seat. The punch hit on the left side of Mosley's face close to the ear, and it put him in trouble. Mosley took the count and there were still 62 seconds left in the bout, but the veteran Mosley worked his way out of hit, hanging on, slowing down Pacquiao and letting the cobwebs clear a little bit.
The bigger problem, though, is it appears from the middle of the second around that Mosley had lost some enthusiasm from the first round.
So far, the pace of the fight is helping Mosley. It's a slow boxing match, but you can see Pacquiao starting to mix it up with his combinations in the second round. Pacquiao really is amazing -- he just threw a punch that had a lot of speed on it while moving backwards.
Pacquiao gets in a left hook followed by a straight left but it doesn't seem to hurt Mosley.
Interestingly, the entire prefight was marked by none of the usual boxing rhetoric. It was respectful between the two fighters and as each of the first two rounds has ended, both Mosley and Pacquiao made sure to touch gloves.
Now let's see if Pacquiao continues to pick up the pace and start using more combinations.
Official start time for the bout is 12:02 a.m. EDT, 9:02 p.m. PDT. Manny Pacquiao is wearing blue trunks with white and red trim and he does have the yellow gloves on, as he said he would wear. The name Pac-Man is stitched on the back of his trunks.
Mosley is weaering blank trunks with gold trim and black and white boxing gloves. The familiar "Sugar" is stitched across the front of his trunks.
The crowd is roaring with every Pacquiao punch, even though none of done any damage so far in the first round.
So far, the bulk of the action is in the middle of the ring. Showtime analyst Al Bernstein just noted that Pacquiao hasn't offered up any of his famous "angles" yet, which helps Mosley. Mosley slipped a quick right through Pacquiao's gloves but it didn't hurt and that was the only decent punch of the round.
Shane Mosley has just entered the ring after the walk from his dressing room, accompanied by LL Cool J and his famous rap, "Mama Said Knock You Out."
He is wearing black trunks and a black and gold robe. A cornerman is waving an American flag.
The crowd, clearly pro-Pacquiao, is getting revved up as the lights dim and highlights of previous Pacquiao fights play. Looks like Manny is going to make Shane wait a bit here. The place is buzzing.
Spotlights are all over the place as the Rocky theme "Eye of the Tiger" begins to play for Pacquiao's walk to the ring. Somebody named Jimi Jamison (never heard of him) is singing the song. Oh, wait -- he's the lead singer of Survivor. Nice comeback.
Pacquiao has reached the ring and immediately bends down in his corner to say a prayer.
The Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley WBO welterweight championship is just moments away, as both fighters are at the end of their dressing rooms awaiting entrance to the ring.
The Philippine national anthem was sung first, and quite beautifully I might add.
Our national anthem? I don't know who this Tyrese Gibson is, but he was awful.
Jamie Foxx just did America The Beautiful and it was an OK rendition, nothing to write home about.
Just after Foxx finished, the crowd at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas began chanting "Manny! Manny! Manny!"
And, now, of course, the obligatory personal features on Showtime to delay the fight even longer but, hey, that's par for the course with this big events. What can you do? But, seriously, how many more ways can you tell the Manny Pacquiao story? How many more highlights can you show?
Wow, what an awesome finish to the final undercard bout before the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight! This is going to get the crowd in a frenzy before the main event, that's for sure.
The former great world champion Wilfredo Vaquez Sr. just threw in the towel in the 12th round of his 23-year old son's WBO junior featherweight championship fight against Jorge Arce. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. had been winning the fight, albeit closely, but Arce came on strong in the late rounds and did some damage in the 11th.
Then, the experienced 31-year old Arce stunned Vazquez Jr., backed him up against the ropes and started whaling away. Just as Showtime analyst Al Bernstein said that referee Joe Cortez was doing a good job of letting Vazquez Jr. fight out of it, in came a towel and a water bottle from Vazquez Sr.
"That's love stepping in, that's what that is," said another Showtime analyst, former world champ Antonio Tarver.
Showtime PPV cameras just ducked into the dressing rooms of both Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley as this final undercard bout of the night comes to a close.
Pacquiao was shown loosening up and stretching with strength coach Alex Ariza, while Mosley's handlers began lacing up the gloves. Pacquiao is said to be wearing yellow boxing gloves tonight to draw attention to his native country, the Philippines. Pacquiao said he picked the color yellow as a symbol of unity in his fight to eradicate poverty in his homeland. He did not yet have the gloves laced on yet when Showtime showed him in the dressing room, though he was dressed in blue trunks and a yellow T-shirt.
Of course, the only drawback to these little behind-the-scenes peeks before the main event is that when the fighters did interviews a short time ago, it was with Jim Gray. How this guy continues to get himself immersed in big events (like "The Decision" with LeBron James) is beyond us.
But what do we know, right? :)
The Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight has some compelling undercard bouts, none with a better backstory than Kelly Pavlik.
The former world champion gave up boxing for a year after undergoing rehab for alcohol addiction, and tonight was his comeback fight against an unbeaten Alfonso Lopez.
Pavlik did not look sharp until later in the fight, especially in the 10th round when he unleashed several left hooks, but he ended up with a majority decision victory. Two judges had him winning the bout; the third saw it as a draw.
That seemed to shock Showtime analyst Al Bernstein and several people on press row, who thought Pavlik won more convincingly, but fellow TV analyst and former world champ Antonio Tarver had it 96-95 for Pavlik, so it was a pretty close fight.
OK, so moments before the undercard for the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley gets underway here in Las Vegas, one more big question to ask regarding the main event?
Jinkee Pacquiao or Bella Gonzalez?
Hmmm, tough choice. Jinkee has that exotic look to her. And, she's a little bit older and has had children, which makes her a heck of a cougar if that's how you roll. She was dubbed "Her Royal Hotness" by Maxim Magazine's Philippines edition. I mean, look at that magazine cover.
Then there's Bella, Shane Mosley's girlfriend, who is younger and has a bit of a Kim Kardashian look to her. Bella just exudes sexiness.
As far this matchup goes, I like Bella in a split decision.