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Running Blog Of Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao vs. “Sugar” Shane Mosley

I’m not a huge boxing fan. I don’t know many people who are these days. The sport lacks star power, especially in the heavyweight division, it’s most glamorous division. That’s not to say there are no boxing stars — Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley are known by the most casual of fans.

That being said, I didn’t care about this fight tonight. I haven’t cared about a boxing fight since — well, I don’t know when. I used to watch all of the Holyfield and Tyson and Lennox Lewis fights on pay-per-view. I remember all of the Gatti-Ward exhausting battles. My family was a big Oscar De La Hoya fan in his heyday. But no one has really attracted my attention of late. That is, except for one fight: Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. Whenever that comes along, I’ll be all over it. But until then, I didn’t plan on watching any boxing PPVs. And I wasn’t going to miss it by missing it in the least.

And then my dad’s girlfriend said tonight that she wanted to watch Pacquiao-Mosley. So here I am, and I figure: “Why not write a running blog of the main event?” I might as well get the most that I can out of these $65.*

*I’m not actually paying for this.

7:55 p.m. As I begin, we are currently in the middle of the third of three undercard fights. In the first, Ray Narh fought Mike Alvarado in a fight that was kind of a make-or-break for both men over 30. Narh lasted just three rounds before he quit on his stool. So, I guess he chose to break

8:00 p.m. In the second undercard, the only fighter outside of the main event whose name I recognize, Kelly Pavlik, was victorious in his first fight since April 2010. It was an entertaining win over Alfonso Lopez. He won on majority decision with one judge ruling the fight a draw and the other two favoring Pavlik, 98-92 and 99-91. That big of a gap on scorecards is inexplicable to me.

8:04 p.m. The final undercard bout is in the seventh round right now, and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jorge Arce have spent the entire time just tagging each other. Arce started out fast, but the younger Vazquez kind of took over in the middle rounds. This is a 122-pound weight class, and that’s the one thing you have got to love about these lighter weight classes: These guys never stop punching. Even if they miss on the majority of those attempts, it’s fun to watch.

8:11 p.m. The main reason why I didn’t really want to order this fight is the simple fact that I think Pacquiao is going to dominate Mosley. This isn’t the Shane Mosley of 10 years ago. He’s a tough fighter, and I expect that he’ll last all 12 rounds. But Pacquiao is just too fast. I think he’s going to unleash at will and have Mosley completely at his mercy. Mosley has lost three of his last five fights, and I expect the same tonight.

PACQUIAO WILL WIN IN A UNANIMOUS DECISION

8:17 p.m. But I will admit this: I would have missed not hearing Gus Johnson if I didn’t order this. I don’t know when I’ll hear him call a sporting event again.

8:21 p.m. However, this event is not suited to Gus’ strengths: building up the anticipation. Boxing is so sudden, he doesn’t have enough time to get his voice and tone into classic Gus form. And how is he going to fit a “HA-HA!” into the telecast??

8:22 p.m. We are heading to the 12th and final round of Vazquez/Arce — a fight that has seen a knockdown, a bunch of action at AT LEAST three slips on the same wet spot inside the ring. Someone use your towel! And not to quit!

8:25 p.m. I SAID NOT TO QUIT! Vazquez gets stood up against the ropes for the majority of the 12th and gets absolutely pummeled by Arce. Finally, with less than a minute to go in the final round, Vazquez’s corner throws the towel.

Might as well clean the wet spot while you’re in there, guys.

Arce in the new Featherweight champion of the world. And he deserved it. That thing was awesome.

8:39 p.m. Now is time for the maaaaaaaaaaaaaain event! And first, the Philippines’ national anthem. My dad says, “What the hell is this?” He’s proud to be an American, kids.

8:40 p.m. Tyrese is singing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” We just lost our female audience due to massive fainting.

8:42 p.m. Jamie Foxx is now in the ring, belting out “America the Beautiful.” The fighters are checking their watches backstage. As am I.

8:44 p.m. Directly after that, the crowd begins with a loud “Manny!” chant.

8:46 p.m. Everyone can talk about how chiseled Shane is right now, but Pacquiao is just too fast and too much younger.

8:48 p.m. Dad: “I just hope it goes more than one round.” Even then, I don’t think this evening has been worth $65. Seriously, $65 for a PPV? Those who set gas prices think that’s gouging.

8:49 p.m. Mosley comes to the ring with LL Cool J leading the way with “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Understandable. Typical. Obvious.

8:53 p.m. Pacquiao taking his sweet time getting to the ring. AC/DC blares over the MGM Grand. I don’t really see Manny Pacquiao partying with Angus Young.

His official walk-out music is “Eye of the Tiger” by the guy who actually sang the song, Jimi Jamison. Manny Pacquiao is getting $20 million for this fight. How much do you think Jamison got for that gig? $100 and a steak dinner at Circus Circus?

8:59 p.m. Kenny Bayless is the ref. He must be Skip Bayless’ darker brother. By the way, it was nice to see Joe Cortez do the final undercard bout. That guy did all of the big fights back when I was a kid.

9:01 p.m. The crowd is certainly on Manny’s side.

Switching to round-by-round mode ….

ROUND 1: Both fighters stay pretty cautious in the first round, feeling each other. Mosley landed two OK shots, which is probably enough to give him the round. It was very weak and dull.

10-9, Mosley.

ROUND 2: Pacquiao tries a couple of combonations, but doesn’t land one until 65 seconds left in the round. Then, with about 30 seconds left, Pacquiao works the body with success and backs Mosley up. He ends the round with a small fury and gets the round. Both fighters were warned after an accidental headbutt.

19-19.

ROUND 3: Manny follows a left-right combination with a stiff left hand that connects right into Mosley’s face and drops him! For the final minute, Pacquiao attacks, attacks, attacks. Mosley takes a few more shots, but survives the round. Pacquiao, 10-8.

29-27, Pacquiao.

ROUND 4: Shane finally puts together a three-punch combo, but the round is highlighted by a lot of missed shots and a slip by Mosley. I’m going to give the round to Shane because he was attacking more.

38-37, Pacquiao.


ROUND 5:
Mosley lands a couple of consecutive shots to the body, but he doesn’t stay on the offensive. Manny is putting together more combinations and has thrown at least twice as many punches. Mosley lands a solid shot before the end of the round, but it was better overall for Pacquiao, more active and fluid. Also, there was another headbutt in that round.

48-46, Pacquiao.


ROUND 6:
Once again, Mosley lands a couple of nice shots to the head near the end of the round, but has little else to show for it. He understands you have to throw punches to win a boxing fight, right? Being defensive is one thing, but he needs to start attacking. Mosley had the most damaging punches in that round, but Pacquiao had the better round. Also, the crowd is getting restless because of the inactivity, starting to boo.

58-55, Pacquiao.

ROUND 7: Boos rain down from the rafters after another slow round. Manny had a nice combo in the last 20 seconds, but really — yawn.

68-64, Pacquiao.

ROUND 8: Finally, Shane throws and lands a few punches, but that just seems to piss Manny off and for every shot Mosley lands, Manny seems to get two or three. Shane isn’t giving me a reason to give him a round.

78-73, Pacquiao.

ROUND 9: Mosley got some nice shots in, including a left jab that connected to the face, in the first half of the round. But once again, Manny just takes over in the final 90 seconds. Mosley took at least five or six clean shots to his mug in that round. And we had another headbutt. Yet, none of them have drawn blood. Round goes to Manny in a fight that Shane seems content to just outlast.

88-82, Pacquiao.

ROUND 10: In what looked like a slip to me, the ref says Mosley knocked Pacquiao down. Before that, we had another headbutt and nothing much. Manny was stunned that he was getting counted against. I’ll have to see the replay on that one. Manny dominates the final 60 seconds of the round, ruthlessly going after Mosley. He is pissed!

After watching the replay, that WAS NOT a knockdown. Pacquiao stepped on his foot. So do the scorers still have to take away a point from Manny for that? Manny definitely won the round.

97-91, Pacquiao.

ROUND 11: Pacquiao’s fighting like he has something to prove after the bad knockdown in round 10. Manny isn’t going to be able to knock Shane out, but he is all over him. Pacquiao took that knockdown personal and showed it here. Mosley is just running around the ring, trying to find the nearest exit.

Good news for Shane: Only three minutes left in this fight.

107-100, Pacquiao.

ROUND 12: The fight ends with nothing too special, just more punishment from Pacquiao. The bell rings with a mixture of claps and boos. Actually, more boos.

117-109, Pacquiao.

And we got pretty much what we expected in this fight — a full one but a clear winner in Manny. They are not in the same class of fighter at this point in Mosley’s career.

9:52 p.m. Pacqiuao threw more than four times as many punches as Mosley. Wow.


9:53 p.m.
Manny wins! Who’s surprised?!?! How about nobody?

119-108, 120-108 and 120-107 were the scores in the unanimous decision for Pacquiao. I guess I was a little too generous toward “Sugar” Shane. I subconsciously felt bad for him.

9:56 p.m. Shane really looks like the loser by the eye test. His face is all red and swollen. Manny has a couple of marks, but he looks pretty much the same as to how he entered the ring.

9:57 p.m. Manny tells Jim Gray that he has to work on his legs and that his legs got fatigued late in the fight. He didn’t move quite as much, but even with tired legs, he had plenty to take care of Mosley.

9:58 p.m. Mosley says he wasn’t aggressive enough to beat Pacquiao and didn’t give a firm answer when asked about retirement. “We’ll just go back to the drawing board,” he said.

9:59 p.m. Pacquiao dodges the inevitable Mayweather question.

That is the only fight America wants. That is the only fight I want. That’ll be the next time I come anywhere close to a running blog on boxing.

Did I mention this cost $65? Ehhhhhhhh …

At least I got a good dose of Gus.

Thanks for following along/checking out this blog tonight!

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  1. December 29, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I enjoyed the fight, but i was disappointed that there was no knockout. Mosley got clever when he was hit by a good punch and he realized the power of Manny’s punch.

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