The most-hyped boxing event of 2011 so far, which took place last night, Saturday, May 7, 2011, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, is now history,
Shane Mosley made his way to "Sin City" with the intention of proving that age is just a number. His charge was to do so by defeating the unstoppable Manny Pacquiao.
Turns out age may be just a number ... but it’s not a very nice one.
After a decent couple rounds that saw the aging veteran find success with a jab and tight guard, Mosley was sent to the canvas in the third by the Filipino wrecking ball and never recovered.
While Shane survived the remaining rounds, he generated practically no offense, aside from a shove, which was rather grievously mislabeled a knockdown, and he was repeatedly on the wrong end of a wicked left straight.
At 0-2-1 in his last three fights, Mosley might want to finally consider hanging them up at the age of 39. Despite his recent struggles, if he were to do so, he would go out as one of the greats.
Overall, the fight can be deemed somewhat of a disappointment. However, it’s always entertaining to watch Manny work his craft.Pre-emptively making up for the main event were super bantamweights Jorge Arce and Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr., who engaged in a spectacular back-and-forth slugfest that lived up to the great Mexico-Puerto Rico battles of the past.
The undefeated Vázquez, who entered the ring with a third of the experience and wear-and-tear of the veteran Arce, went toe-to-toe with his Mexican foe and even dropped him with an absolutely perfect left hook at the end of the fourth.
Arce came back with a vengeance, forcing a lively Vázquez into the ropes and outlasting him in a brilliant slugfest that saw the elder Vázquez throw in the towel with two minutes remaining in the fight.
An incredible upset and well worth the price of admission.
Dethroned champion Kelly Pavlik could have learned a thing or two from the little guys in his fight with Alfonso López III.
Some surprising combination punching from the young Texas native put the recovering power-puncher on the defensive early on, but exhaustion and an increasingly-effective counter left hook from Pavlik was enough to win the day.
The relentless hugging probably didn’t help López’s cause.
Opening duties were given to power-punching light welterweights Mike Alvarado and Raymond Narh. While the latter found success early on with a solid jab, Alvarado began finding his groove in the second, stunning his bigger foe with a monstrous jab and beating him to the punch with regularity until the end of the third, at which point Narh called it quits.
The official explanation is that he was quite ill the day before his fight, but it seems odd that he would choose to fight at all.
Live and learn.
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