Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather may have
stayed unbeaten but he came closer to
losing his precious record than any time in his 14-year career history.
The fight with ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley
was expected to be his toughest to date despite Mayweather at 33 being five
Mosley had not fought for 15 months
and already lost five times in 45 bouts. But many thought he had a good chance
of beating the motormouth. They were almost right.
Had this fight at the MGM Las Vegas
been a few years ago when Mosley was in his prime, the outcome may have been
Mayweather survived the first six
minutes when he was rocked by big rights and even looked out on his feet in the
second round, to come back with precision punches that hurt Mosley repeatedly
in the latter round.
It was totally uncharacteristic of
Mayweather to stand toe-to-toe with such a dangerous opponent, but after
collecting a unanimous points decision he admitted in the ring, that for once
he was succumbing to public demands not to run and wanted to put on an
He certainly did that and took his
unbeaten run to 41, including 25 knockouts, in the process.
The fight drew the usual large number
of celebrities and boxing icons including Muhammad Ali, Paris Hilton, Michael
J. Fox, Arnold Schwarzeneggerand Oscar De La Hoya, Jay-Z, Mike Tyson, Diddy and several New York
Now the way is clear for the fight
everyone is hoping for if they can come to an agreement over pre-fight drug
testing; Money v Manny Pacquiao.
From the expected record
pay-per-view sales, Mayweather can live up to his name and bank around $30
million for this fight. Mosley earned about $12m.
On current form Pacquiao will start
the favourite and confirm his status as pound-for-pound king.
“I came here tonight to give the
fans what they wanted to see: a toe-to-toe battle,” said Mayweather.
“It wasn’t the same style, but I wanted to be aggressive and I knew I
could do it.
“If Pacquiao wants to fight, he
knows where to find me. If Manny takes the test, we can make the fight. If he
doesn’t, we don’t have a fight.”
That’s the opinion of many
including Cayman boxing coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin who said: “Mayweather-Pacquiao
is a genuine 50-50 fight but after the way Floyd fought Mosley I would have to
“He is a better pressure fighter
than Mosley, southpaw too. He would have too much speed and punch power for
Mayweather and could stop him in the later rounds.”