WI Staff Writer | 5/5/2010, 7:02 p.m.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 41-0, 25 KO's, continued his dominance over the sport of boxing with an easy unanimous decision over former welterweight champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley, 46-6, 39 KO's, by the scores of 119-109 (twice) and 118-110.
Mosley looked all of his 38 years and showed all the signs of a fighter well beyond his prime. He could see the openings, but couldn't release the punches. The only bright spot for him was when he landed a right hand in round two that buckled the knees of Mayweather, Jr., but other than that, it was a one-sided "Money" show.
After the second round, Mosley fans at Hogate's, a great night spot on the Waterfront in Southwest where I watched the fight, were silenced and lost hope that Shane could pull off the upset as he repeatedly took big blows from Mayweather.
From round three on, the sharp punches and timing of Mayweather Jr. made the difference. It didn't take long for hopelessness to cover Sugar Shane's face. Lead rights continually bounced off of Mosley's head, with little in return. At times it appeared that the fight would either be stopped in the corner or that the referee would be forced to save Mosley from the punishment.
A difference in Mayweather's game didn't go unnoticed. As the aggressor, he forced Mosley to move and actually run at times. This was a game of survival, and even when opportunities presented themselves, Mosley didn't throw the punches. Even pleas from Mosley's corner didn't deter the fighter who, after the 10th round, decided to stay the course and wait for the bell. When the bell finally sounded, the decision was unanimous.
The focus now turns to the possible showdown with Filipino superstar, Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao, who has chopped down many of the greats, including Ricky Hatton (KO-2), Oscar De La Hoya (KO-8) and most recently, Joshua Clottey (UD-12). He's the man who the world wants Mayweather to fight. Style-wise, it's an intriguing match and the two warriors have a history.
Steroid abuse allegations from Team Mayweather towards Pacquiao and a lawsuit from the Filipino fighter stopped a potential showdown between the two, but the wait has only made the public want it more. Mayweather's obvious dominance over Mosley doesn't leave many more worlds to conquer, except the desire from the public for him to take on Pacquiao.
Mayweather wouldn't rule out a bout with Pacquiao, if the boxer agreed to steroid testing. In the past, Pacquiao has refused, and he will most likely refuse again.
In boxing, money rules, and "Money" Mayweather ruled with ease. He cruised to a victory and cleared the way for the Pacquiao challenge. It's hard to imagine the fight with Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao not taking place, given all of the revenue that it would generate.
Mayweather Jr. once again proved that he's the best fighter in the game and now the ball is in Pacquiao's court. Will he take the challenge and agree to the demands of Team Mayweather to create the fight of the decade?
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