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It was today, when Pacquiao was in the arena to defend his title against Mosley. And, I was there. Obviously not in Vegas but somewhere in Manila to watch it live. By the time I reached there people had already taken the best seat in the house, but we still managed to get the front row (lol).

Crowd was quite and little did I expect how they would burst out when Pacquiao was introduced. The whole thing makes sense, as he is one of the most adored icon today.

This was my first time to watch Pacquiao fight, and little did I know about him. But it all began with people betting around my table for round KO. It started as early as 4th round, but I somehow was not convinced that a fighter like Mosley will be an easy prey, even considering his worthy adversary. I bet for 12 round decision.

I am sure critics would have cited a few reason why Mosley will win or why Manny will still be the last man standing. To give you a little insight and heads-up on this consider the factors below:

Shane (Sugar) Mosley started his pro career in 1993 with a KO which continued till the 9th match, by 2001 he had an outstanding record of 38-0 (35KO). However he lost his first two matches against Vernon Forest in two consecutive matches. Current record of 46-7-1 (39KO).

Manny Pacquiao, rated as the current #1 Pound for Pound best boxer. With a career records that include an eight-division world champion, the first boxer in history to win ten world titles, the first to win in eight weight divisions, and the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. Named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000’s by BWAA and a three-time The Ring and BWAA “Fighter of the Year”, winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009. Current record stands at 53-3-3 (38 KO).

As the bell went off to start the first round, it was Manny who took the pound lead and by 3rd round he had already put Mosley down once. But it seemed that Mosley who was determined to be a worthy opponent by many started to run around and stand his ground to face Manny on many occasions. The fight continued with lack of pounds which many had expected to see and as other had bet for a KO in favor of Manny seemed to decline with every passing round.

By the 10th round, there was an instance when Manny was pushed by Mosley but the referee due to limited field of view favored it in Mosley favor as a knockout attempt. And, expected Manny was offended and took the next round pounding and running into Mosley who tried every attempt to engage Manny.

But it was obvious that Mosley had stepped into the ring to defend as he lacked confidence which was very much clear in the arena. As the bell went of again to end the 12th round every one knew the Manny had won with unanimous decision.

He must have been disappointed not with himself but with the fact that many of his fans couldn’t get the most out of this fight. But if we put its across to you all as simple as possible, that Manny did lead the match even when it was not his very best.

But for Mosley is it time for him to hang his gloves as he did disappoint himself at the end, but the reign of Manny shall continue for a few more year and till date he will and shall wait for a worth opponent to take his stand and engage him for KO.

Till then we shall be meeting again.

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Posted May 8, 2011 by aropkp in Just a thought, Sports

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