World pound-for-pound king of boxing Manny Pacquiao came in with less than his A-game on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for his defense of the WBO Welterweight title. However, it proved to be more than enough to score a unanimous decision victory over the 39-year old future boxing Hall of Famer.
Judges scored the fight 120-107, 120-108 and 119-108 all in favor of the Filipino boxing icon. Pacquiao was never threatened except for a slip in the 10th round that was ruled by referee Kenny Bayless as a knockdown in favor of Mosley. The smaller Pacquiao scored a legitimate knockdown in the third that stunned a bigger Mosley.
Pacquiao threw and connected twice the number of punches thrown by Mosley in the entire 12 rounds. The fighting Congressman from the Philippines connected 31 combinations against just five by Mosley.
The fight was not as explosive as expected with Mosley frustrating Pacquiao several times by being elusive. Pacquiao had trouble chasing Mosley and was struggling with his footwork.
Mosley proved to be a technical fighter against Pacquiao who was also a little more cautious during the fight. Boxing fans may have been frustrated as well, expecting a dominating performance by Pacquiao. Mosley executed well by working with his feet and avoiding wide punches that could have opened him up for Pacquiao’s vaunted left straight punches.
At the end of the bout, Pacquiao still proved to be too much for Mosley to handle. Mosley had nothing much to offer against Pacquiao other than the ‘knockdown’ in the 11th round.
For Mosley, this could serve as a wake-up call that his boxing days are over.
As for Pacquiao, any fight other than with Floyd Mayweather Jr. may not be interesting enough for the fans.