Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao won a unanimous decision over U.S. fighter Shane Mosley in a 12-round bout to retain the World Boxing Association welterweight title.
Pacquiao, 32, returning to the MGM Grand Garden ring in Las Vegas where he made his U.S. debut 10 years ago, won his 14th straight fight to improve his record to 53-3-2 with 38 knockouts. Mosley scored a knockdown against the champion in the 10th round.
Mosley, 39, who was knocked down in the third round with a right-left combination, fell to 46-7-1 with 39 knockouts. It was only the third knockdown in Mosley’s 18-year boxing career.
“You had good power and speed,” Mosley told Pacquiao after yesterday’s fight ended. “I’m proud of you.”
Pacquiao, introduced as the 8-1 favorite, connected on 182 of 552 total punches, Mosley delivered on about half as many. The winner earned about $20 million, while his opponent was guaranteed $5 million plus a portion of the pay-per-view fees, the Associated Press reported.
“I thought I did a pretty good job,” Mosley said. “I wouldn’t blame it on age. Manny is an exceptional fighter. He’s a warrior.”
Mosley’s corner kept urging the boxer to take more risks with his fighting style.
“When you take more risks, you are more susceptible to getting knocked out,” Mosley said. “I fought the best and came up short.”
Pacquiao kept complaining that his legs were tightening up during the match, preventing him from moving around.
“In the middle rounds when I tried to move, my legs got tight,” he said. “I have to work on my legs. I’m getting tight and I can’t move.”
Pacquiao declined to name a possible next opponent, saying he had to return to the Philippines where he was elected to congress.
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