Over 12 mostly one sided rounds, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather once again proved he is among the very elite in the sport, as he dismantled a very game and determined ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley. A star studded crowd of 15,117 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena witnessed boxing at its finest, with Mayweather putting on a beautiful boxing performance.
Mosley entered the arena first, as the anticipation of the mega fight finally reached its peak. Mayweather came in second, with a very Money themed entrance. The crowd replied with a mix of boos and cheers, as boxing's favorite villain made his way to the ring.
The first round was a feeling out process that most expected, as each man looked to set traps for the other with feints and some posturing. Mosley came out behind the jab, and looked to want to impose his physical size with clenching and hitting. Mayweather was his usual patient self, and seemed to take in the task that lay ahead. Mosley continued to enjoy some success in the 2nd round, as he landed what would turn out to be his best punch of the fight 1 minute in with a booming over hand right. Mayweather was immediately hurt, and he held on to recover. Mayweather was certainly the most uncomfortable we had seen him in a very long time. The extent of Mosley's success would end there.
Mayweather began making adjustments in the 3rd round and began to land the punches that would define the rest of the evening: jabs and straight rights. Mayweather's counter punching ability would prove treacherous as Mosley would miss and pay over and over. By the midpoint of the fight, Mayweather was handing out right hands like he was giving away turkeys at Thanksgiving, and Mosley would eat more than he wanted.
Mosley started to work the body again in the second half of the fight, and Mayweather would reply in the 7th with counter rights that stunned Mosley. A minute into the 8th round, a tussle would result in Mayweather being thrown into the ropes, and it seemed to light an angry fire in his belly. He responded with a 1-2 that snapped Mosley's head back hard.
The age in Mosley's legs would show late in the fight, and by the 9th round he was looking for the one big overhand right. Mosley really showed his dominance in the later rounds of the fight, though there never has been and never will be any quit in Sugar Shane. Mayweather finished the show strongly, and put in perhaps the most dominant and complete performance ever at welterweight.
Final scores were 119-109 twice, and 118-110. Mayweather proved to everyone that he truly was a very special fighter, and he silenced many critics with an offensive and dominant display of boxing skills.
After the fight Mayweather would say, “I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see. They wanted a toe to toe battle and to see me coming forward more and that is what I wanted to give them.”
On the second round when he appeared stunned, Mayweather offered, “This is a contact sport and that comes with boxing. Sometimes you get hit with some shots, you have to suck it up and be a warrior. He's a future Hall of Famer. I am a future Hall of Famer.”
On his strategy, he said, “Going over the game plan with my father and my uncle at home because I don't watch tapes: box early and start pressing the attack later in the fight. I think we should have pressed the attack earlier and we could have gotten the knockout.”
When asked about a potential Manny Pacquiao showdown, Mayweather said, “If Manny Pacquiao wants to fight, it is not hard to find me. We were going to make the fight a couple months ago but it didn't happen. I take my hat off to Mosley. He had problems in the past but he's a warrior. He took the blood and urine tests. I just want everyone to be on an even playing field. If every athlete is clean in the sport of boxing, take the test. I take the test. If Manny Pacquiao takes the blood and urine tests, we can fight., If he doesn't, we won't make the fight. Everybody is entitled to their own fight. I will continue to fight the best out there. Floyd Mayweather wants to fight everyone on an even plane. That is all I ask.”
In his post-fight interview, Mosley said, “I think after I caught him with that big right hand I opened up too much and played into his hands. I was too tight. When I hit him with the big right hand, I thought I was going to get the knockout. He started to avoid the punches. He did surprise me. Once I tried to get my timing back, I couldn't adjust and he did. I am happy that I took the fight. He is a true champion. Now you will see him and Manny, if Manny takes the blood test.”
On his next step, Mosley said, “I will go back and look at the tape, take it slow when I get home and we'll see what happens.”