Floyd Mayweather Jr. overcame an early attack to dominate Shane Mosley in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was able to overcome an early charge by "Sugar" Shane Mosley and dominate the vast majority of the fight tonight on HBO pay-per-view, staying undefeated and winning a wide unanimous decision on scores of 119-109 (twice) and 118-110. Bad Left Hook scored it 119-109 for Mayweather.
Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO) was shaken up hard in the second round by Mosley (46-6, 39 KO). I felt Mosley's second round was the best round anyone has ever had against Mayweather, but starting in round three, Mayweather adjusted beautifully and progressively beat Mosley up badly over the next 10 rounds. Mayweather fought in a more offensively aggressive style than usual, and picked Mosley apart with left hooks and right crosses. It was a master performance by Mayweather.
I do not blame age. I do not blame anything. As I expected, Mayweather was simply too good for Mosley. When people said he was as fast as Mayweather, I thought that was crazy. Shane was nowhere near fast enough for Floyd. It wasn't even close.
I expect a lot of knee-jerk reactions saying Mosley should retire. Maybe he should. If he's comfortable and wants to, he should. If he wants to fight on, a bad loss to arguably the best fighter in the world today is not enough for me to say he should hang it up. Mayweather would have done the exact same thing to, say, Andre Berto. It wouldn't make me believe Berto should quit. Mosley is much older than Andre, of course, but if Mosley still feels he can fight, there are good fights out there. Maybe revisit the Berto bout, in fact.
We'll have much more tomorrow on this fight, but for now all I can say is congratulations to Floyd Mayweather Jr. for one of his best performances ever -- maybe the best of his career. He overcame early adversity and took it to Shane Mosley.
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