Angered by "Knockdown," Pacquiao Dominates Mosley
5/5/2011, 9:23 a.m.
MANILA--Quickly bouncing back from a wrongly ruled knockdown in the 10th round, Manny Pacquiao dominated American Shane Mosley, who showed his age against a fighter who further cemented his reputation as the world's best pound-for-pound boxer.
Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion, succeeded in defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against Mosley on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The southpaw Pacquiao again showcased his trademark power-punching and hand speed in scoring a unanimous decision win over his American challenger.
A solid left by Pacquiao dropped Mosley in the third as the Filipino champion pressed his attack.
Mosley, a future Hall of Famer in the twilight of his career at age 39, disappointed many of his fans by seeming to fight only to survive. He failed to do much damage against the Filipino boxing superstar, except in the 10th round when he scored a knockdown. However, replays showed Mosley stepped on Pacquiao's foot and pushed him down.
Mosley's main achievement was not getting knocked out, maintaining an unblemished record in that category and staying in the ring long enough for a decision.
All three judges scored the fight for Pacquiao: 119-108, 120-108, 120-107.
Currently at his peak at age 32 and winner of titles in eight weight divisions, Pacquiao awaits perhaps the only real challenge left in an illustrious career, a fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., his only rival as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, and maybe in the history of the sport.
In the end, one indication of the boxing world's disappointment in Mosley was his girlfriend's name Bella Gonzales was trending on Twitter while Mosley was not.
Both Pacquiao and wife Jinkee were also trending.