We Got What We Paid For...
by Andrew Schweitzer
Should we really act so surprised about the result of last Saturday's match? I'm not talking about the outcome of the fight (I myself saw Pacquiao getting a wide decision), I'm talking about Mosley's actions during the fight. Or rather, lack of actions. Seriously, right now people' reactions remind me of that scene from Casablanca. He didn't come to fight, he came to survive and hold onto the stupid "Never-Been-Knocked-Out" title that fighters bestow upon themselves.
Well congratulations, Shane, good for you. However you also managed to land a pathetic 66 punches which made Joshua Clottey's effort look like he was Clubber Lang. I have to wonder if they counted all the times Shane tapped gloves with Pacquiao as shots that land? Seriously, you had nothing to lose, why not go for broke and say, "If I can land something wild, I might be able to get him out of here or at least hurt him enough to make him think twice next time."
Instead, the strategy you should have employed went to Manny Pacquiao and you were just content to make it to the last bell after being down in the third round. Well, I hope you don't spend that five million dollar payday too quickly because I doubt you'll be able to get that kind of dough for your next bout...if you don't retire after this which you honestly should.
But one thing that confuses me about this is that boxing fans are shocked, shocked to find that Shane Mosley, a man who had his clock cleaned by Floyd Mayweather Jr. a little over a year ago and could barely manage a draw against Sergio Mora looked absolutely sad against the best fighter in the world? Do you not remember Shane only throwing one punch at a time when Mayweather started to take control in their fight? Do you remember his inability to catch Mora and hurt him despite Mora having a punch that can barely break wind?
Well don't worry, TV is partly to blame for this. Yeah, Fight Camp 360 was there to hype a fight for Showtime that HBO wisely didn't want any part of and they caught every bit of drama behind the scenes. From Michael Koncz explaining that Pacquiao would get sick if he had water sprayed on him for a photo shoot (How in the hell does he shower, then?) to Naziim Richardson once again using pool noodles and a towel as methods of training Shane Mosley. They were there to try and make this fight look competitive but in all honesty, I think I would rather watch some more of Shane's girlfriend.
And speaking of Naziim Richardson, what the heck were you doing between rounds? Look, I'll never have as much boxing knowledge as you do but at the same time, I know when a fighter is making himself look foolish and Shane was doing that. If I were the trainer, here's what I would have said between rounds...let's say seven and eight.
"Shane, look, after this you're going to have no more chances. Either fight this man and show me something for the next three minutes or I'm stopping this. I know you're a great fighter and you've had some great fights but that's not happening now. You split with Golden Boy because they weren't trying to get you this fight and you're proving them right every second you keep fighting the way you do. You told all your fans, all your critics that you weren't done but trust me, you're so done right now that they're ready to serve you at the crappiest steakhouse on the strip. Now you go out there, show that little SOB why they call you 'Sugar' or I'm stopping the fight."
Right now Bob Arum is talking about Pacquiao fighting Juan Manuel Marquez next. Well, that sounds good. Pacquiao can move down to 140, Marquez can move up...oh wait, this is going to be at another damn catch-weight. And Marquez has agreed already. Come on, do we seriously believe that Manny can't make 140? Just stop eating, dude.
What I find even more remarkable is that history was made on the undercard of this fight...yet no one seems to notice. Jorge Arce made history by becoming the first Mexican to win titles in four different divisions when he beat Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. This will probably get him into the Hall of Fame and he deserves it.
Andrew Schweitzer is a contributing writer to boxing4free.com. When not discussing or writing about the Sweet Science, he can be found at work or at the gym. If you enjoy Andrew's work, visit www.SchweitzerMan.blogspot.com for wonderful rants on stuff you won't care about, but will enjoy nonetheless.