Side-stepping jabs and ducking would-be knockout blows, Floyd Mayweather Jr. had the look of a boxer who couldn’t be touched.

Shane Mosley awoke the crowd–and Mayweather–with a second-round punch that caused Mayweather to grab hold of Mosley to keep from falling. But the self proclaimed “best boxer ever” recovered to box an otherwise flawless bout, not allowing Mosley to land any other significant blows and defeating him by unanimous decision in their much anticipated 12-round welterweight matchup on May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather was his usual impressive self, totaling scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110 from the three ringside judges. Mayweather, 33, was quick, decisive and accurate, landing several punches against an older fighter historically known for his quickness but a fighter who appeared drained after the first four rounds. Mosley, 38, surprised with his early flurries but failed to land any more significant blows as Mayweather repeatedly shrugged off his attempts with ease.

Now, anticipation will once again turn to a potential match between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao–if the two men are able to strike a deal. Mayweather and Pacquiao, arguably the two best boxers in the world, had a match set before talks broke down over Pacquiao’s unwillingness to take a drug test prior to their bout.

“If Manny Pacquiao can take a blood and urine test then we have a fight,” Mayweather said when asked about the potential bout following his defeat of Mosley. “If not, no fight.”

Mayweather improved his lifetime record to 41-0 while Mosley dropped to 46-6. Mayweather will take home over $22.5 million in earnings from the bout while Mosley will bank just over $7 million.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO