Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley: Round-by-Round Results, Analysis


By Nick Tylwalk

We're closing in on the main event from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley are almost set to collide in a battle of two well-decorated world champions.

The Showtime announcing team of Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver are calling the action, with James Brown hosting. Johnson says Pacquiao is totally focused, and Mosley is using all of the doubters to fuel his motivation.

The MGM Grand looks like it is packed to the rafters for this one. Official ticket sales sold out in less than two days. We'll get the American and Filipino national anthems before we are ready to get to the action. Charice sings the latter, while Tyrese Gibson handles the former. Jamie Foxx also sings "America the Beautiful" backed up by a drum and trumpet.

Looks like we'll get a few final video packages to hype up the fighters. Seems kind of late for that, but perhaps we aren't up to the contracted walk out times yet.

Shane Mosley walks out with LL Cool J in front of him doing "Mama Said Knock You Out." Sugar Shane is 46-6-1 with 39 KOs, but much of the criticism of the 39-year old fighter is how sluggish he looked while losing to Floyd Mayweather and drawing with Sergio Mora in his last two fights.

The ring walk for Manny Pacquiao starts with "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC - as usual, a tribute to the late Arturo Gatti - before giving way to "Eye of the Tiger" done live by the lead singer of Survivor. Pac-Man is 52-3-2 with 38 KOs and has not lost since March of 2005.

The tale of the tape shows Mosley with three-inch advantages in height and reach. However he is seven years older than Pacquiao, which many pundits see as the big key to this fight.

Kenny Bayless is the referee in charge of the action. Jimmy Lennon Jr. handles the introductions in his typically classy style, and we are finally ready for a scheduled 12 rounds of boxing for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title.

Round 1

They touch gloves to start the fight. Mosley is moving his head side to side. Both men try some tentative jabs. Mosley backs off from a Pacquiao left. Good jab by Shane. Straight left by Manny. Mosley's combo mostly misses. Quick right hook just misses for Manny. He goes to the body with the left. Mosley lands a right to the body. Pacquiao goes to the body again. Lots of patience from both fighters. Mosley misses a right hand.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 2

Manny looks for the body left again. It lands there but leaves him off balance. Mosley invites Pacquiao to come in. Manny tries a left hand but Shane moves away. Pac-Man lands his left to the body and Shane lands tow in response. Pacquiao gets Mosley's attention with a three-punch combo. Bayless warns them about head butts. Fast punches both ways but many are missing. Pacquiao lands a few shots in the closing seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 3

Mosley starts off with a few shots and quickly grabs. Pacquiao sneaks in a left, but Mosley lands a powerul right. Manny jabs and almost runs into a head butt. Manny thumps two lefts that partially connect. Shane tries to get the jab going. Two quick shots from Manny set up a left that drops Mosley, and he looks woozy. Mosley is back up but he looks hurt. Shane is going to have to hold for the final minute. He's certainly a warrior. Mosley makes it out of the round but still looks wobbly.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-8 Pacquiao

Round 4

Pacquiao isn't selling out too much to try to go for the kill. Mosley eats a left and ends up slipping down to the mat. He can't get away from the left right now. He does land a counter right, then a body shot. Mosley grabs to avoid a flurry. Jabs fly both ways. Pac-man bides his time, but Mosley gives him a left hook at the end of a three-punch combo.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 5

Pac-Man loops a right hook around Mosley's guard. He sets up a body shot, and the two fighters bump heads again. Straight left lands again, forcing Mosley back. Shane digs to the body with two right hands. Pacquiao tries more body shots and a combination to the head. Bayless has to step in and break up a clinch by Manny. Nice hook by Mosley as he keeps his own gloves high.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 6

Mosley tries to throw multiple jabs. Pacquiao attempts a right hook but finds his foe backing away. Mosley keeps jabbing but is lacking follow up shots. Pacquiao flurries and squeezes through an uppercut. Manny waves Shane in. The champ lands a left but briefly finds himself off balance. Shane weakly goes to the body and ties up. Manny just misses while timing a hook, and Shane may have scored with the right at the same time.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 7

Jabs fly out from both men. Manny looks for body shots and finds Sugar Shane backing away. They nearly clash heads again. Manny tries the straight left and gets the crowd back into it by rushing forward. He tries a one-two and follows with two straight lefts that find the mark. He peppers in a few more shots in the final 10 seconds. The fans are a little unhappy, mostly with Shane, one would think.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 8

More boos are coming as the crowd wants action. Pacquiao tries to oblige by picking up the pace. Manny jabs and just misses with the left. Shane tries the body and they fall into a clinch. Shane finally lands a counter left hand as Manny is trying some jumping flurries. Mosley turns over a right hand while Pacquiao keeps trying to force the issue.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 9

Naazim Richardson tried to get Mosley going by convincing him Pacquiao was tiring. Not sure it worked. Pacquiao lands a left and Mosley tries to answer with a right. Shane shows some rare signs of aggressiveness. He lands a jab and scrambles to avoid Manny's punches. Pacquiao scores with a left. There's a left to the body and one to the head of Mosley. Left again from Pac-Man followed by a right hook. Shane's head snaps back as he eats another left.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 10

Some jabs get through for both men. Tarver diplomatically says he likes both men if Pacquiao ever fights Floyd Mayweather. Here comes a flurry from Manny that wakes the crowd up for a second. Mosley complains of a head butt. Manny fires a short left. Shane throws a combo and Manny goes down. It looked like a slip but Bayless says it's a knockdown. Very questionable call. Pacquiao is fired up from that one. He wobbles Shane with a left and is tied up. That really seemed to have gotten under Manny's skin.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Mosley
Parker: 10-10

Round 11

Pacquiao has hit foot on the gas now. The fans like the new fire he's showing. One-two to the head by Manny. A right hook has Mosley wobbling again. That phantom knockdown may have been the worst thing that could have happened to Shane. Fans are chanting for the knockout. Mosley lands a hook. He also scores with a counter right while Pacquiao keeps up the pressure. Every feint by Manny has Shane twitching a lot. Combination punching sends Mosley back into full retreat again.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 12

The only drama left is to see if Pacquiao can get Mosley out of there. He's trying his best with some left hands. Shane flurries all of a sudden. Bayless breaks them up several times. More boos from the paying customers. There's a left to the head by Manny. He feints his way in again for a left. One-two by Manny with both shots landing. Right hook by Pac-Man. Mosley is going to survive, but that's all he did tonight, and the fans let him hear it.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Tylwalk: 119-109 Pacquiao
Parker: 120-109 Pacquiao 

The judges score it 119-108, 120-108 and 120-107, all to the winner by unanimous decision... and still WBO welterweight titleholder... Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao.

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