The whole world stopped again as millions of people witnessed the Pacquiao-Mosley fight yesterday (May 8 ) at MGM Grand Arena Las Vegas which had 16,412 audiences according to the gate receipts.
As expected, our People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao defeated the American boxer Shane Mosley. After the 12-round fight, the judges scored 119-108, 120-108, and 120-107 which made Manny won via unanimous decision.
Though the fight reached until 12 rounds, most of the people are still disappointed because of the lack of action inside the ring. While Manny continue to release punches, Mosley keeps on withdrawing to avoid having serious damages. According to a boxing expert, there were only 5 combos released by Mosley through the entire fight.
One of the most exciting parts of the fight was the knockdown of Mosley in third round after receiving a straight left from Manny. In round 10, Manny fell down that made referee Kenny Bayless gave the champion a standing eight count. But you would obviously see in the slowmo that it wasn’t a knockdown but a slip after Mosley pushed Pacquiao.
In the post-fight interview, Manny admitted that it wasn’t his best performance. “It wasn’t my best performance. I did my best. I did not expect this result,” he said.
Then Mosley said, “I fought the best fighter in the world. He has exceptional power, power that I’ve never been hit like this before. He won the fight, he’s fast and unpredictable. He’s the pound-for-pound king for a reason. I fell short. Pacquiao throws different types of punches. His punches did not seem hard, but they were.” Mosley fought as he was trying to protect his legacy of having never been stopped and it succeeded. But it made for a lackluster fight and did nothing to burnish the legacy that the Filipino champion has built with 14 straight wins over the last six years — including some over some of the biggest names in the game.
Pacquiao wore yellow gloves as a symbol of his battle against poverty here in the Philippines, made a minimum of $20 million for the fight. Mosley was guaranteed $5 million who has only won two of his last six fights.
Congratulations once again to our People’s Champ for making us Filipinos proud!