Manny Pacquiao beats “Sugar” Shane Mosley to win his 15th straight fight and keep his World Boxing Organization welterweight title. The whole fight was dominated by Pacquiao as the dynamo rode a third-round knockdown and a steady barrage of left hands to a unanimous decision in his WBO welterweight title defense at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Saturday night.
Before the fight, Freddie Roach begged Pacquiao to become the first man to knock out Mosley.
But Mosley got all frightened after the third round and it was pure defense from then on. Throughout the fight, Pacquiao’s punches cause him to pause before taking an aggressive response. “I wasn’t going to take those kinds of risks. I was looking to land my shot,” Mosley Said.
Judge Glenn Trowbridge scored the bout 119-108, Dave Moretti had it 120-108, and Duane Ford scored it 120-107.
Mosley is a three-time world champion but has lost several of his last six fights. The 39-year-old American was a clear underdog, in part from having lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Miguel Cotto and a draw with Sergio Mora.
Before the fight, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao was the heavy favorite. He was an 8-to-1 favorite at the MGM Resorts’ Sports Book. He is the first boxer ever to capture 10 world titles in eight weight divisions — from flyweight up to super welterweight.
The Ring magazine ranks Pacquiao as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer. He had won 14 straight fights and compiled a professional record of 52 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws — with 38 of those winning decisions coming by knockout.
If you’ve watched the fight you probably didn’t enjoy watching it. So here’s some interesting behind-the-scenes look at this boxing event for your enjoyment.
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