Sunday, May 2, 2010
International Sports Examiner | Marv Dumon
RINGSIDE - Las Vegas, NV
As predicted, Floyd Mayweather, Jr (41-0) dominated Shane Mosley (46-6) in a one-sided decision win at the MGM Grand Arena in a welterweight title showdown.
Round 1 >
Ringside view. What an entrance. Actors on stilts in costumes, with fake money being thrown into the crowd! Incredible atmosphere. People are laughing.
Floyd grapples Shane and comes out with an effective left hook. Mayweather is making Mosley pay for coming forward. Shane is throwing a reach jab into Floyd's middle section.
In this round, Mosley looks hesitant to jab, and looks aware of getting countered. Floyd is clearly faster than Mosley.
Round 2 >
Right hook by Shane clearly hits Floyd, who is now getting hit with swarming combinations. Mayweather is wobbled on the knees and appears hurt. Floyd is uncomfortable.
The crowd is very loud, yelling "Mosley, Mosley, Mosley!"
Round 3 >
Mayweather's left jab is backing down Shane, who now appears hesitant to punch for fear of being counered.
Round 4 >
Mosley is clearly getting outpointed in this fight. Mayweather continues to counter Mosley, and now has no conviction in punching. Mosley simply feinting and moving, with little punches. Mosley won the second round, Mayweather has won the rest.
Round 5 >
Mayweather throwing more punches, is boxing, and is countering Mosley. Shane looking uncomfortable. Mayweather's foot movement allows him to move away from harm. Mosley is now confused.
Round 6 >
Mayweather is simply hitting Mosley flush in the face. When Mosley comes forward, Floyd releases his right hand with unbelievable speed. Five rounds to one for Mayweather.
Round 7 >
Mayweather can fight backwards. Mosley cannot fight backpedalling. Sugar Ray Leonard was able to fight backwards. Mayweather is able to tie up Mosley at will. Tremendous grappling skills. This is embarassing. Crushing right hands from Mayweather. The crowd is loud. Very loud.
Round 8 >
A modern crucifixion. Crowd yelling "Money, Money, Money!"
Round 9 >
Floyd Mayweather simply grappling and holding Mosley to prevent any effective attack. Mosley can't do anything about it. Floyd has been in control.
Round 10 >
Nine rounds to one, Mayweather. Hitting flush with right. Crowd reacts loudly. Mosley's hands are down, he knows he is getting a beating in front of the world.
Round 11 >
Read rounds 1 - 10. Repeat. Dominance.
Round 12 >
The crucifixion is almost over. The bell rings, some people are relieved. Mayweather and Mosley embrace and smile. Floyd goes to Nazim Richardson, who refuses to look at a smiling Floyd, and refuses to shake "Money's" hand.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Las Vegas Boxing Examiner | Chris Robinson
Boxing is unique in that the majority of the fan base is made up of people with die-hard enthusiasm for the sport and you rarely see much mainstream attention turned to the sweet science. It takes a fight of great magnitude to get the everyday public’s full attention and such is the case with tonight’s Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley bout in Las Vegas, Nevada.
All one had to do was take a stroll through the main lobby and casino of the MGM Grand earlier today to get the full impact on how heavily tonight’s contest truly is. Fight week in Nevada is always full of excitement but there seems to be a special aura in the air this time around. People have come out in droves to attend the event, both fans and celebrities alike, and by the time the bell rings for round one the atmosphere will be likely be out of control.
Many boxing luminaries are in Sin City this weekend for the fight, many of whom are connected to either Mayweather or Mosley in certain ways. Among the list of pugilists include Fernando Vargas, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas ‘The Hitman’ Hearns, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Mike Tyson, Andre Berto, Sergio Mora, Joe Calzaghe, Oscar De La Hoya, Alfredo Angulo, and Erik Morales, among others.
Earlier today in the media room of the casino both Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz were in attendance for a press conference to announce their July 31st rematch. In February of last year Marquez stopped Diaz in the 8th round of a high-octane affair that was considered by many to be the fight of the year. Even in acknowledging the importance of their second bout both men seemed to realize that tonight belonged all to Mayweather and Mosley.
People from the worlds of entertainment and other high-profile sports have had a lot to say on the contest as well. Mayweather-Mosley is the type of fight that is a rarity because of the attention it has attracted and we can only hope the fight lives up to the hype.