Sunday, May 2, 2010
No surprises here. Most boxing fans probably predicted the beginning, the middle and the end of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Shane Mosley quite accurately.
Sugar Shane gave it a go in the early rounds, while Mayweather patiently waited and timed his opponent. After a bit of a scare in the second round, Mayweather made a few adjustments and dominated the rest of the bout. By the seventh round, you could see the defeat on Mosley's face as he kept taking the beating that Mayweather delivered. Master counter-puncher, Mayweather always had a stern answer for Mosley's less and less frequent attacks and the big question was no longer "who would win," but whether Mosley would be able to finish the fight.
Mosley's punches seemed in slow motion compared to Mayweather's and though not a lot of angles were used, Mayweather effectively dismantled Mosley's offense completely. There was a LOT of hugging. To the point where referee, Kenny Bayless was practically omnipresent in this fight, where usually he takes a 'hands-off' approach.
Mayweather's athletic ability and strategy were both in full effect for this fight. His ring-generalship truly is that of legendary proportions. Like him or not, he's a smart and fast fighter, who rarely misses when he throws a punch and can change up his game plan without notice.
The silver lining for Mosley however, is that he finally got a big fight, which he has been begging for in every interview and post-fight interview (even if it wasn't his fight) for the past year. If there was a camera in his face, he was calling SOMEONE out. Also, he was able to keep his belt, since it wasn't on the line because Mayweather refused to pay the sanctioning fees, a particularly amusing (read: PIMP) move, in my opinion.
Should Sugar Shane hang up the gloves? At 38 years-old, he has had a great career, holds a title belt and certainly has nothing to be ashamed of. However, like any true fighter, his heart seems to want to go on, even if his body can't keep up anymore.
I'd love to hear your opinions on that one. What do you think?