Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat boxing great Shane Mosley to remain undefeated Saturday night.
And he did it while putting Las Vegas and all of the people who ordered the fight at home to sleep.
Mayweather is a huge box office draw for boxing. His playful -- and at times arrogant -- personality makes him the biggest character in the sport. Whether he’s taunting his opponents on television, or getting the O’Jays to come out and sing “For the Love of Money” as his entrance music, ‘Money’ Mayweather’s personality oozes through everything he does.
Except his fights.
The only time during Mayweather’s 12-round domination of Mosley there was any life, was when Mosley caught the champion with a right in the second round. As soon as the hit connected, Mayweather’s knees buckled and he had to grab on to Mosley to avoid falling. The star-studded Las Vegas audience roared in response to the hit, thinking they would be getting a competitive bout from that point on.
Not so much.
From the third round onward, Mayweather methodically destroyed Mosley with an offense-defense combination that winded the former great. By the end of the fight, there was no debate on who the winner was.
Mayweather had done it again. He beat another legend and he remained undefeated, pushing his record to 41-0.
“I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see, a toe-to-toe battle,” Mayweather said. “It wasn’t the same style for me but I wanted to be aggressive and I knew I could do it.”
Even at his most aggressive as Mayweather claimed he was on Saturday night, the fighter could not offer fans the knockout they were hoping to see.
“I think we could have pressed the attack a lot earlier, and then we could have got the knockout.”
The problem with Mayweather has always been that he’s just too good of a fighter. He doesn’t go out and try to be overly entertaining by giving anything up on the defensive end. He doesn’t mistakenly chase knockouts to put on a show. He’s an efficient boxer whose earned every one of his forty-one wins.
He just happens to be very boring when he fights.
That’s why he has to rely on his out-of-ring personality, or huge themes -- like fighting Manny Pacquiao -- to get attention.
Regardless of his entertainment value in the ring, Mayweather’s boxing greatness is not up for debate.
After the Mosley fight, two ringside judges scored it 119-109 for Mayweather, while the third had it 118-110. All had him winning every round past the second. Ringside punch statistics showed Mayweather landing 208 of 477 punches to 92 of 452 for Mosley.
At the end of the day, ‘Money’ Mayweather lived up to his nickname earning at least $22.5 million -- not including pay-per-view buys -- guaranteed from Saturday’s fight.