Manny Pacquiao Versus Shane Mosley: Predictably Bad, What's Next?

James FoleyCorrespondent IMay 9, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Manny Pacquiao (R) throws a right at Shane Mosley in the sixth round of their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title with a unanimous-decision victory.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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For all those that said "Shane's got a great chance" or "I could see him pulling the upset" or the classic "This fight's gonna be a lot closer than people think", please go back and review the tapes from Mosley vs. Mayweather, Mosley vs. Mora and now Mosley vs. Pacquiao, and let me know exactly what it was you saw that suggested this would be anything other than the one-sided pile of garbage it turned out to be.

The only surprise to me was that Manny didn't attack more and get inside and put more of a beating on the clearly well past his prime Shane Mosley.

Much like the lackluster preview show Fight Camp 360, the highlight of the fight was the 10 second shot of super—hottie Bella Gonzalez in the crowd, showing a helluva lot more fire and passion than her ill—fated boyfriend on this eve.

All the cliches one reasoned would portend a Mosley victory, "styles make fights", "every great champ's got one last great fight" were not necessarily untrue. The style did make the fight: an aggressive, quick fighter in his prime against a weak, slow, reluctant to engage fighter well past his.

In short, one guy clearly won and it was a boring, rather pointless affair. 

Every great champ does often have one last great fight, however. Mosley had his over two years ago at age 37 when he shocked the boxing world and defied the odds to demolish Antonio Margarito. Margarito's issues before the fight have been well—documented and may have played a role mentally, but nonetheless it was a triumphant moment for the once—great Sugar Shane.

So what was the point?

Did Manny's win prove anything? Or does it just mean another six months of Manny's prime were wasted on a faded big-name who never should have been considered as an opponent in the first place?

What's next?

Looks like Juan Manuel Marquez. The other two names mentioned by Bob Arum were Timothy Bradley, who after basically dropping out of the Amir Khan fight, is not even close to deserving a chance against Manny, and Zab Judah, another potential foe already thoroughly vanquished in his prime by Pacquiao's arch-rival Floyd Mayweather.

Judah and Bradley are laughable opponents. All respect to Zab Judah, and his knockout of Kaizer Mabuza was sick, but the man has lost almost every big fight he's ever been in, and he's not exactly in his prime anymore. In my opinion, you don't go from a razor-thin, controversial SD win over Lucas Mathysse (no slouch but not world—class) and a KO over Kaizer Mabuza to the biggest, most lucrative fight in the sport.

Come on. The path has to be harder than that.

If Judah beats someone like Amir Khan maybe I'll sing a different tune. But Judah, like Bradley, should still have to win one big fight before immediately becoming No. 2 and No. 3 in the Pacquiao pecking order.

Marquez is a different story.

A terrifically talented fighter and bona fide tough guy, he's certainly done enough to deserve one more chance to even the score against Manny.

I honestly don't think he stands much of a chance at the higher weight (probably around 144), but he certainly has the credentials, and the history in two razor-thin fights with Pac-Man, to legitimately deserve the Pacquiao fight more than anyone in the world not named Mayweather.

In any of the three scenarios, Pacquiao will again be an overwhelming favorite. And sadly the fans probably won't get a competitive bout. Marquez may be able to conjure some magic, Bradley and Judah have no shot to beat Manny. Mark it down.

If not for the asinine Top Rank—GB feud that's killing great match-ups across all weight classes, we could potentially see Pacquiao—Ortiz or Pacquiao—Canelo, two fights that would intrigue me and I think make for a lot more action than a clash with Judah or Bradley.

People say Canelo's not ready, he's too green, untested. Agreed, but if the other alternatives are Zab Judah, definitely 'tested' if nothing else, or Tim Bradley, is it that ridiculous to suggest the red-headed Mexican sensation as an alternative? At least he has some physical advantages over Manny. Would a Canelo—Pacquiao fight be any worse than what we just saw?

Because I think a Bradley—Pacquiao possibly could be.