In a bout likened to a “catch me if you can” street game, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao took all twelve rounds to catch African-American fighter Shane Mosley. Two judges scored it an unanimous decision to the world’s pound-for-pound king, while one gave it to Mosley.
In the first rounds, both fighters were feeling their way but when the third round came, Pacquiao unleashed a flurry of jabs that stunned and eventually floored Mosley. That was the first time that Mosley got knocked down. He was counted the full eight. Before he went down, Mosley was being buttered up for the kill by Pacquiao. The pacman threw strong punches in Mosley’s mid section and at the side of the face. When Mosley was defending his right, out came the Pacman’s strong left that hit Mosley in the face.
For the rest of the bout, it was the Filipino stalking the beleaguered American, once considered the world’s pound for pound king. The 39 year old American just kept dancing away, unwilling to engage. On the ninth round, Mosley seemed willing but his legs obviously gave way. Mosley just lost his sting after the fourth and fifth rounds when Pacquiao battered him with flurries of punches and strong jabs.
Curiously, there was that strange call of a knockdown by referee Bayless. This angered Pacquiao who chased Mosley all throughout the tenth, eleventh and even in the twelth round. Mosley just backpedaled his way to survive Pacquiao’s wrath.
Eventually, the fight was all about survival. And Mosley knew it.