After a shaky start, Floyd Mayweather Jr. went on to dominate Shane Mosley in a unanimous decision win at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The unbeaten fighter improved to 41-0 with the performance. Mayweather stuck mostly to the jab and his elusive defense to frustrate Mosley and avoid another kind of shot that could change the fight. There were times he did let his hands go, landing big right hands in the later rounds that seemed to hurt Mosley but never truly threatened to end the fight.
This was the fight Shane Mosley always wanted.
Mosley, the 38-year old boxing veteran and former world champion, swore he was no longer boxing for money leading up to Saturday night’s welterweight bout against Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
This was about a shot at shocking the world by beating the undefeated Mayweather and cementing his own legacy.
The last time Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepped on a scale for an official weigh-in, he instantly lost $600,000 for being two pounds overweight. His trip to the scale Friday for this weekend’s welterweight fight with Shane Mosley was considerably less expensive.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. already believes he should go down as the greatest boxer of all time. He’d also like to be remembered as one of the key contributors in wiping performance-enhancing drugs from the sport.
A few years ago, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, recruited veteran boxer Said Ouali to help Floyd Mayweather, Jr., prepare for an upcoming fight. Mayweather quickly found out that Ouali, a native of Morocco, was no ordinary sparring partner.
Shane Mosley won’t accuse Floyd Mayweather Jr. of ducking opponents. Mayweather will fight you, says Mosley — but only when you’ve become an older, distracted, less-dangerous version of yourself.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., controversially declared himself a better fighter than Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson in the latest episode of HBO’s 24/7 Mayweather vs. Mosley. Mayweather didn’t back off of those comments Thursday.
In the sport of boxing, a fighter knows to never get sucked into his opponent’s game. According to Floyd Mayweather Jr., May 1 is still more than two weeks away and Shane Mosley has already made that mistake.