Before anyone starts killing Shane Mosley for his lackluster performance, it’s time to come to a few realizations:
- Manny Pacquiao has made it a habit of making fighters look silly. Pacquiao put Joshua Clottey on the defensive, so much so that Clottey hardly threw a punch in the first three rounds. And if a fighter decides to challenge the Filipino Congressman, he’ll hurt him. Just ask Antonio Margarito.
- Shane Mosley is 39 years old. I figured the only way Mosley was going to pull the upset was with a knockout sometime in the first five rounds. I figured Pacquiao would go after Mosley and get caught. But he adjusted and was more cautious then he’d ever been. Mosley had nothing on his punches over the last six rounds, and no, the knockout Mosley scored was a joke. He pushed Pacquiao.
So what’s next for the fighters? My colleague and friend Bobby Cassidy already stated the obvious about Pacquiao in his previous post. The only fight that makes any sense is Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Since that isn’t happening anytime soon, we’ll see another Pacquiao-Marquez fight.
“For me, I don’t care about that fight,” Pacquiao said of an anticipated bout against Mayweather. “I am satisfied with everything that I have done in boxing. I want to fight because the people want the fight.”
As for Mosley, who knows? He’s probably done as a championship fighter. Outside of his age being an issue, there’s also a dearth of fighters in the welterweight division to face. No one wants to see Mosley vs. Victor Ortiz or Andre Berto. Mosley could go up a division and fight Sergio Martinez, but the result is likely to be what was seen on Saturday night.
And based on his last three fights –lopsided loss to Mayweather, a draw against Sergio Mora, Saturday’s loss to Pacquiao– Mosley probably doesn’t have anything left, at least not enough to last 12 rounds against a world-class fighter.
Mosley was non-committal on his future, as most fighters at the late stages in their careers would be. Mosley's purse from last night's bout was $5 million. It's probably the last time he'll see a payday like that. But he has nothing to be ashamed of. Mosley's had a hall-of-fame career.