Sports Gal is at it again, breaking down the Mosley-Mayweather fight from Las Vegas!
Many people expected Shane Mosley to shock the world in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 1.┬áEven though Floyd Mayweather Jr. was the betting favorite, most boxing fans thought Shane had an excellent chance of an upset.┬á
Why? Well, Shane was a true welterweight, bigger than FloydΓÇÖs previous opponents.┬áShane has fast hands, faster than FloydΓÇÖs previous opponents. So the fightΓÇÖs outcome was supposed to be heavily influenced by ShaneΓÇÖs speed and strength.┬áFloyd was expected to face his most serious challenge to date.┬áThat made the build-up to the fight heavy with the anticipation of something great: a classic showdown between the number two and number three pound-for-pound fighters.
We did get a classic fight, but it was more of a showcase than a showdown.┬áShane provided the fireworks in Round 2.┬áHe connected with two big rights, the second buckling FloydΓÇÖs knees.┬áThe MGM crowd responded and in between rounds they buzzed with excitement at the prospect of a real fight for Floyd.┬áUnfortunately for Shane, it was his only moment in the sun.┬á
From Round 3 on Floyd conducted a clinic on Shane.┬áHe connected at will, all the while frustrating ShaneΓÇÖs every attempt at offense.┬áThe scorecards reflected the lopsided nature of the fight and Floyd walked away with a well deserved victory. But did he walk away with more?
Personal dislike has always interfered with professional respect where Floyd is concerned. He is undefeated in 41 fights across five weight classes (130lbs, 135 lbs, 140 lbs, 147lbs and 154 lbs) with four championship titles (only a title at 154lbs has eluded him).┬áAnd in spite of this record, he was constantly accused of ducking fighters and hand selecting opponents to pad his record.┬áEvery fighter that claimed to be able to beat Floyd experienced humiliating defeat.┬á
After completely owning Shane on Saturday, Floyd is finally being praised as the best. As someone whoΓÇÖs been a Floyd fan since 2001, this has been a long time coming.┬áFloyd is not the most lovable character in boxing.┬áHe is arrogant and rude.┬áHe is obnoxious about his money and his status.┬áHe is not a feel-good, overcoming all odds story, having come from boxing royalty as it were.┬áBoth his father and uncle were champion boxers.┬á
But he is the most dominant fighter in this generation, even more so than Roy Jones Jr.┬á Floyd has known this since 1996.┬áIt just took the rest of the boxing world 14 years to figure it out.