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Retreating Mosley no threat to Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao returned to his corner before the 12th round to an unfamiliar soundtrack of steady boos rising from the MGM Grand Garden crowd.

The fans weren't jeering their beloved Filipino congressman on Saturday night. They were incensed that Sugar Shane Mosley was scared to fight him.

"I told him in the last round, 'You've got to knock this guy out, because it's embarrassing,' " Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said. "He told me, 'Coach, I'm trying, I'm trying.' "

Mosley was in full retreat from the opening round against Pacquiao, backpedaling and scrambling simply to avoid getting knocked out.

Pacquiao, who won his 14th straight fight by lopsided unanimous decision, has seen this embarrassing strategy before. Most everybody agrees Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been dodging Pacquiao for the past year.

If Mayweather declines another chance to fight Pacquiao in the most anticipated matchup in boxing, Pacquiao will keep busy with his congressional duties until his next fight in early November -- yet even his promoter acknowledges it's tough to imagine any opponent but Mayweather posing problems for Pacquiao.

"The problem is, and this is becoming a pattern, Manny doesn't allow any opponent to fight his fight," Bob Arum said. "He takes every opponent out of his fight because of his speed and power. You've got to understand what you're watching now. You're watching a phenomenon, the greatest fighter that I've ever seen. Nobody can compete with him. He'll take every fighter out of his game, every single one." -- AP

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