Finding quality foes is Pacquiao’s battle
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. They were incensed that Sugar Shane Mosley apparently was scared to fight him.
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, only outside the ring.
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.”
Pacquiao’s native Philippines grinded to a halt Sunday, with fans watching everywhere from crowded jails to public plazas fitted with huge screens as Pacquiao flummoxed Mosley, who embarrassed himself in what’s probably the last megafight of his decorated 18-year career.
Pacquiao knocked him down in the third round and never stopped chasing him, but Mosley survived on his feet and even got credit for a bogus knockdown in the 10th. Roach said Mosley tarnished his legacy.
“He backpedaled the whole night,” Roach said. “He never took one step forward to try to press the action. His jab is in mothballs. I never saw it. His legs are gone. It wasn’t shocking, but I expected more. I like Shane, he’s a nice guy, but he’d better quit before he gets hurt.”