This past weekend Saturday and Sunday saw one of the most anticipated fight nights in recent years, with Floyd “Money” Mayweather fighting “Sugar” Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
As per usual, the ringside was littered with celebrities who were waiting for the night’s main event – scheduled for midnight. Mosley entered the ring first and it was obvious that Mayweather delayed his entrance to ice him up a bit. With Mayweather’s entrance it was obvious to see why he is called Floyd “Money” Mayweather, donning real mink trim on his trunks and robe.
Anyone watching the fight, and knowing these two top fighters, knew that the fight could go any which way; with Mosley looking for an early knockout and if he didn’t get in early and hard, the speed and composed fighting style of Mayweather would then dominate the fight.
In the middle of the second round Mosley landed two solid punches, the second being more damaging, which left Mayweather knee-buckled. The crowd thought this could have been the first ever loss for Mayweather, but he managed to slip and dodge most of Mosley’s follow-on onslaught, leaving a major opportunity missed by the older fighter.
That was definitely the best we would see of Mosley during the entire fight as Mayweather came back to regain his composure and tire Mosley through the rounds. Mayweather’s speed and accuracy is uncanny, to say the least, and although you could see that Mosley desperately wanted to win this fight he just gassed out, with his punches slowing down through the rounds and Mayweather’s speedy punches maintaining their deadly accuracy often even leading with a right that landed before Mosley could react.
From the last 30 seconds of the second round through to the final 12th round Mayweather dominated the fight, defending with an impenetrable style and forcing Mosley to work hard, but gain nothing. Although there was never really a moment when Mosley looked like he was going to get knocked out, Mayweather fought a smart fight, picking him off at every chance and leaving the older fighter to go into survival mode.
Undoubtedly these two future Hall of Famers put on a great show, but ultimately it was Floyd “Money” Mayweather who managed to keep his perfect record, now gleaming at an amazing 41-0, and winning a base purse of $22.5 million for this fight.
Winning with a dominant unanimous decision over Shane Mosley, all we can wonder now is when the fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao will be on. Mayweather is pressing for Pacquiao to go for blood and urine tests, and Pacquiao is happy to do so as long as they are not on the day of the fight itself. So if this happens then the world will possibly see the best pound-for-pound fighter of our time come out tops.