WBO Welterweight Championship
(Las Vegas, Nevada-MGM Grand)
Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2; 38 Knockouts)
Shane Mosley (46-6-1; 39 Knockouts)
The boxing world’s undisputed pound for pound king takes center stage tonight in the WBO Welterweight Championship of the world. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, unquestionably the biggest name in boxing today, returns to the ring this evening to battle “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Both Pacquiao and Mosely have had illustrious careers. This should be the most entertaining boxing match up of the year.
Manny Pacquiao Overview
At 32 years of age, Pacquiao continues to re-write the history books during his recent reign over the boxing world. After defeating Antonio Margarito last November (captured the WBA Super Welter Weight Title), Pacquiao won his eighth title in as many weight classes. Pacquiao has won his last 13 fights (8 of those coming by way of knockout). The “Pacman” has not suffered a defeat since 2005 (Erik Morales). It’s pretty safe to say that Pacquiao is the face of boxing right now. He is one of the few fighters that continues to have a huge following across the world. Simply put, when Manny laces up his gloves, the rest of the world tunes in. Pacquiao weighed in for this fight at 145 pounds. He is 5’6” with a 67 inch reach.
Pacquiao comes at you with exceptional punching speed. He looks to punish you over the course of 12 rounds with the accumulation of his punch totals. Pacquiao’s hand speed is what separates him from the majority of other boxers in the sport today. It’s amazing to think that Pacquiao has retained the blazing speed on his punches while moving up in weight classes during his career (Pacquiao has fought in 10 different weight divisions). Yet, Pacquiao looks as fast as he ever has during his boxing career. Pacquiao’s ability to sustain his speed and tenacity for 12 rounds is truly remarkable. Trainer Freddie Roach always does a superb job of getting Pacquiao conditioned for his title bouts.
Shane Mosely Overview
At 39 years of age, Mosley has won three titles in three different weight classes. Mosley captured the IBF lightweight title all the way back in 1997 by defeating Phillip Holiday. Mosley’s marquee win of his career (at the time), came back in 2000 when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya (12 round decision) to capture the WBC Welterweight Title). Most recently, Mosley recaptured the attention of the boxing world with his impressive performance against Antonio Margarito back in 2009. Considered a heavy underdog coming into the fight, Mosley shocked the world with a TKO of Margarito in the 9th round to capture the WBA Welterweight Title. Mosely’s defeat of Margarito definitely helped setup this match up with Pacquiao. Mosely weighed in for this fight at 147 pounds. He is 5’9” with a 74 inch reach.
Mosley still possesses above average speed and power in the ring. He has the ability to floor his opponent with a strong right hook or straight. His accuracy on his power punches could play a key role on the outcome of tonight’s fight. Much like Pacquiao, Mosely has fought in numerous title bouts. His big fight experience should pay dividends over the course of the fight. Mosley will need to take advantage of his reach over Pacquiao, as he can’t expect to match the exceptional speed of Pacquiao over the course of 12 rounds.
Shane Mosley has never been knocked out during his boxing career. Yet, at 39 years old and facing the most dangerous boxer in the world, you have to wonder if it might happen tonight. Mosley’s best chance in this championship match is to try and end it early (preferably within the first 5 rounds). The longer this fight continues, Mosley will be at an extreme disadvantage. Pacquiao will come at Mosley with his blazing speed and tenacity for 12 rounds. I just don’t see Mosley matching Pacquiao punch for punch. I look for Pacquiao to have a considerable advantage in the punch totals after 8 rounds. I predict that his accumulation of punches will take its effect over Mosely late in this fight. I like the “Pacman” to end this fight with a knockout and continue to cement his legacy as one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Pacquiao 10th Round Knockout
Pacquiao vs Mosley Video Preview