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Dec 03rd
Home Sections Sports Pacquiao and Mosley Turn Las Vegas into a “Valley of the Dull”
Pacquiao and Mosley Turn Las Vegas into a “Valley of the Dull” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Sunday, 08 May 2011 09:04


By Bobby M. Reyes

It wasn't my best performance. I did my best. I did not expect this result. – Manny Pacquiao after his bout with Sugar Shane Mosley

The day before Manny Pacquiao’s defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title, this website’s humorist, Goliath Letterman, predicted in his "Joke of the Day" ("JOTD," as published in this website’s Shout Box) that the bout would be a "dull one." Yes, it turned out that way.

Here’s Friday’s JOTD: "Joke of the Day: Pacquiao fans shouldn’t worry. The L.A. Times says, 'At 39, Mosley isn't likely to win against a younger, faster foe.' Unless, of course he uses his cane or walker in hitting the Pacman. It may be a dull fight. Mosley will be a punching bag & there's no thrill in seeing a boxer who ought to be in a retirement home do a multimillion-dollar fight. :-)"

Here’s today’s JOTD: "Joke of the Day (JOTD): "Pacman allegedly reacted to last Friday's JOTD that his bout with Mosley was to be a ‘dull’ one. Pacman allegedly said, ‘How can it be 'doll' when Mosley is no Barbie?’ Yes, Las Vegas is now Boxing's Valley of the Dull?"

Yes, Goliath Letterman is right. The Pacman and Sugar Shane turned Las Vegas into a "Valley of the Dull."

H ere’s a review of the fight’s coverage by the Associated Press, as published by the AOL per this URL:

LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao caught Shane Mosley early, then chased him the rest of the night. Not much more he could do against an aging fighter who seemed only to want to survive.

Pacquiao won a lopsided 12-round decision Saturday night, retaining his version of the welterweight title in a fight that was roundly booed over the late rounds because Mosley refused to trade punches.

Bobby Reyes’ Comments: The Pacman’s promoter should have pitted him against one of the holders of the other welterweight titles, Vyacheslav Senchenko of the World Boxing Association (WBA). Or the World Boxing Council (WBC) champ, Victor Ortiz. Or Dejan Zavec, the reigning champ of the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Pacquiao won every round on two ringside scorecards in extending the remarkable run that has made him the most exciting fighter in the sport.

He also won the ungrudging respect of a veteran fighter who has been in with some of the best in the world.

"I fought the best fighter in the world," Mosley said. "He has exceptional power, power that I've never been hit like this before."

Pacquiao knocked down Mosley with a left hook in the third round, a punch that sapped Mosley's willingness to engage. Pacquiao ran after Mosley the rest of the fight, but the former champion who has never been stopped in 18 years in the ring managed to stay away enough to finish the 12th round upright.

Pacquiao won 120-108 on one scorecard, 120-107 on a second and 119-108 on the third. The Associated Press had him winning 118-110.

For Mosley, the fight was strikingly similar to his bout a year ago against Floyd Mayweather Jr. — except this time Mosley didn't even land a big punch like he did early on against Mayweather. Mosley's biggest moment on this night came when referee Kenny Bayless mistakenly ruled that Mosley knocked Pacquiao down in the 10th round when he didn't even hit him with a punch.

The knockdown that wasn't spurred Pacquiao on as he went after Mosley the rest of the round and again in the 11th. By then the crowd was cheering "Knock him out! Knock him out!" but Pacquiao — bothered by a cramp in his left leg since the fourth round — didn't have enough to finish him off.

"It wasn't my best performance," Pacquiao said. "I did my best. I did not expect this result."

The closest Mosley got to Pacquiao all night came at the beginning of the 12th round when he hugged Pacquiao before the two went about finishing their business. That took some of the fire out of Pacquiao, who didn't really go after the knockout in the final round.

Promoter Bob Arum defended putting Mosley in the ring against Pacquiao despite signs in Mosley's last two fights that his reflexes were slipping.

Bobby Reyes’ Comments: Atty. Bob Arum should have moved to unify the welterweight title by arranging title bouts pitting the four claimants. It would take only three bouts involving the versions of the welterweight crown.

"Nobody can really perform against him," Arum said. "Some of these guys are pretty good fighters, but nobody in their whole experience has ever faced somebody like Pacman. Everybody is going to look the same way."

Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts) was a 7-1 favorite and also the favorite of the crowd that gathered expecting to see another one of his thrilling performances. That he couldn't deliver was the only bad part of the night for a fighter who doubles as a congressman in his native Philippines.

It wasn't the distractions of trying to do two jobs well, Pacquiao said, but leg problems that first cropped up in his fight last November against Antonio Margarito.

"I thought Shane did a great job, he had some speed," Pacquiao said. "I couldn't move because my left leg got tight. It's a problem I've been having lately. I'm going to work on my legs in future training camps."

Mosley (46-7-1-1) said he thought he did a good job despite losing round after round, and wouldn't blame his bad performance on the fact he is 39 and has been fighting ever since he was a child.

Mosley was tentative from the opening bell, moving backward and unwilling to engage Pacquiao. With good reason, because a left hook by Pacquiao found its mark with a minute left in the third round and put Mosley on the canvas for only the third time in his 18-year pro career.

Mosley was up at the count of five, and managed to survive the final minute of the round despite Pacquiao's best efforts to take him out. Pacquiao didn't come close to stopping him after that, but landed enough punches to the head that Mosley's right eye was nearly swollen shut in the late rounds and the left side of his face was puffy, too.

Pacquiao pressed the fight most of the night, but he, too, didn't take many chances, which trainer Freddie Roach said was because of the muscle cramp that his corner tried to massage between rounds.

"He had no leverage to move after that," Roach said. "It was a very gutty performance in my mind."

Perhaps, but the sellout crowd of 16,412 came to see more, and booed repeatedly in the late rounds. The boos were directed at Mosley, not Pacquiao, but it was clear early on this would not be a classic fight.

Mosley came into the ring with the song "Mama Says Knock You Out," but what would have been more appropriate if he had found a song called "Mama Says Don't Knock Me Out."

Mosley fought as if trying to protect his legacy of having never been stopped and, if that was his strategy, it succeeded. But it made for a lackluster fight and did nothing to burnish the legacy that the Filipino champion has built with 14 straight wins over the last six years — including some over some of the biggest names in the game.

Pacquiao, who wore yellow gloves as a symbol of solidarity in the fight against poverty in his country, made a minimum of $20 million for the fight. Mosley, who has now won only two of his last six fights, was guaranteed $5 million.

Bobby Reyes' Question: Is the Top Rank now involved in managing retirement or annuity funds for its ward of aging retirable boxers? Certainly, the bout was a big rip-off of the live-gate and Pay-TV revenues shelled out by gullible fans. # # #


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Comments (6)
1 Sunday, 08 May 2011 09:24
We told you so, Comrades, last Friday.


Lolo Bobby

In a message dated 5/6/2011 9:00:45 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:
Hi, Dido:

Thanks for your insight.

Here is what I posted on the Facebook: "To Photojournalist Andy Edralin. RE Pacquiao fight, don't worry. As the L.A. Times said, 'At 39, Mosley isn't likely to win against a younger, faster foe.' Unless, of course he uses his cane or walker in hitting the Pacman. I won't buy the Pay-TV coverage, as it will be a dull fight. Mosley will be a punching bag & there's no thrill in seeing a boxer who ought to be in a retirement home do a multimillion-dollar fight. It's again a 'Lutong Macao' bout. & Mosley is the one being cooked. :-)"

As pundits put it, "boxers are really old at 35." And Mosley is four years past that line. And one year of professional boxing is equal to about 4 years or more of doing sports like golf or baseball. Boxing is tougher on the body than football (NFL). This is why many boxers fight only two to three times a year. Mosley has been a boxer since age 16 (at the Golden Gloves competition). The toll on his body makes him react like a 65-years-old guy, fit to collect SSI from Social Security. Pacquiao has less-than 3 years to go before he becomes also an "old man" in the ring. It seems that the Pacman does not know when to quit, as he is always chasing the limelight and more fame, if not also skirts.

There oughtta be a law mandating that two opposing boxers be represented by two different boxing promoters. As usual, Bob Arum is the "Lagareng Hapon" of a boxing promoter. He makes a killing from the purses of both boxers. But it seems that for all his advanced age and accusation of senility, Mosley is still wiser than Pacquiao. Mosley is paying Arum only 10% as promoter's fee while Arum gets 30% of Pacquiao's purse. Perhaps Congressman Manny should use the title that I suggested for then Vice President Noli de Castro's book. I suggested the title, "Noli Me Tangangere." LOL.

My prediction? The winner is Bob Arum. Other winners are the IRS and the Las Vegas casinos. Mosley is not the only loser. The bigger losers are those who will pay $54.95 to watch a senior-citizen-like boxer try to outlast an opponent who is in his prime. :-) The fight will be Mosley, oops, mostly cheek-to-cheek dancing, holding, clinching and grabbing, with Shane melting like sugar and trying to keep his record as a boxer who has never been knocked out. So, "enjoy" the fight, "Suckers" (with due respect to all).


Lolo Bobby M. Reyes
Prof. Alex Fabros posted in the Facebook: "Not worth your time to watch. 1-3rd rounds had the most excitment. after that it became a game of keeping away from the Pacman by Mosley. Pacman didn't have it in him to put Mosley away."
3 Monday, 09 May 2011 08:06
Lolo Bobby -

Just be patient, 'cuz the only reason why Pac decided to fight Mosley was due in response to Bernard Hopkins' criticism that Pac "refused" to fight ghetto-trained blacks. Now that Hopkins got his wish, Pac can move on and fight only Latinos who don't mind bleeding, so long as they can entertain their fans. Let Pac face Marquez one more time, so we can experience "sabungan"-style excitement.

You know, us pinoys and mexicanos are very much alike - we relate to boxing like we relate to cockfighting. Logro diez!
4 Monday, 09 May 2011 09:38
it was not a fight. it was a love fest.......dido
5 Monday, 09 May 2011 12:45
Rolland Makinano also commented in the Facebook. "Pacman only fighting what's out there, yes there are up and coming fighters out there, but what kind of draw will they pull in, at this point of his career the biggest draw he can get will be big name fighters, which aren't too many. Pacman should retire while at the top nothing to prove, but to lose."
Alma Luna Reyes commented on Facebook:

Alma wrote: "@Bobby!Love your commentary on the Pacman-Mosley match - "The fight turned Las Vegas into the "Valley of the Dull" LOL!"

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