Pacquiao Routs Mosley
In Glorified Sparring Session;
Arce Revives Mexico vS. Puerto Rico Ring Wars
By Roy & Marlene Marquez @ Ringside
Manny Pacquiao walked to, through and over Sugar Shane
Mosley in a one sided affair that drew the ire of a
crowd that deserved more. So too did Pacquiao. The eight
division champion chased Mosley around the ring looking
to fight but Mosley refused to engage and seemingly
retired in the ring. Mosley won one round on two
scorecards and none on the third in a fight that was
never was. “What am I going to do if my opponent doesn’t
want to fight toe to toe with me?” asked Pacquiao
following the fight.
Coming into the fight the odds were long for Mosley to
defeat the world’s best boxer; and for good reason.
Mosley turns forty in the fall and the past few years
haven’t been kind. Mosley has two wins, two losses and a
draw in his last five fights, including a one-sided loss
to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a draw with the unremarkable
Sergio Mora. Nevertheless, Mosley lobbied hard for a
fight with Pacquiao. He had to part ways with Golden Boy
Promotions knowing Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum refuses to
work with his former pugilist and pupil, Oscar De La
Hoya. But for a shot at the title and a reported $5
million purse, Mosley did what he must to secure his
shot at glory.
One benefit of the fight
being on SHOWTIME rather than rival HBO is the
perspective SHOWTIME aired on Fight Camp 360. SHOWTIME
portrayed a relaxed and ready Pacquiao confident of
success in the ring (Pacquiao scheduled a performance
with his band at his post fight party following the
fight). HBO: 24/7 made every effort to persuade the
audience Pacquiao was distracted, ill prepared, or both.
At this stage of his life Pacquiao has many interests in
addition to boxing (he’s a Congressman, actor and
recording artist) but the eight division champion is the
best in the business and is being trained by the top
trainer in boxing.
In the first, Pacquiao stood in front of Mosley, albeit
at a distance, in a round that was remarkable only for a
lack of punches landed. Pacquiao closed the distance a
bit in the second and secured the round with a
blistering three punch combination. In the opening
moments of the third Mosley landed a crisp right hand on
the button. It was his only moment of the round. A few
moments later Pacquiao dropped Mosley with a quick
one-two that put the former champion on the seat of his
pants. Mosley hung on and survived to the bell; barely.
Finally warmed up and on
his toes, Pacquiao upped his work rate in the fourth and
peppered Mosley with left hands. Mosley backed his way
around the ring looking tentative and confused. In the
fifth Mosley found some success as a counter puncher and
landed an occasional right hand. Still, he wasn’t doing
enough to win rounds. “Manny Pacquiao had the type of
power I had to look out for”, explained Mosley.
Pacquiao lunged and looked amateurish at times because
Mosley backed peddled from danger. Mosley refused to
engage, let alone exchange with Pacquiao, and the crowd
voiced their displeasure with the future hall-of-famer.
If Mosley’s game plan was to survive twelve rounds with
Pacquiao he was on his way to mission accomplished. But
if he had any intentions of winning the fight it
appeared the third round knockdown changed his mind.
Mosley ceased being competitive in a fight that was
turning into a land slide.
Thank goodness Pacquiao
was trying to win the fight. Attacking to end the fight
by KO, Pacquiao fired long left hands in an effort to
reach Mosley. Because he had to extend, Pacquiao was
open to the counter. Still, the only intrigue in the
fight happened when referee Kenny Bayless mistakenly
ruled a push a Pacquiao knockdown in the tenth. The
miscue served to enrage Pacquiao who battered Mosley
over the remainder of the tenth and throughout the
eleventh. The crowd chanted for the knockout as the
fight mercifully drew to a close. Judge Glenn Trowbridge
scored the fight 119-108. Judge Dave Moretti saw it
120-108 and Judge Duane Ford’s scorecard tallied
Add Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
v. Jorge Arce to the long list of memorable Puerto Rico
v. Mexico ring wars. The young Puerto Rican champion
entered the ring with a 20-0-1 record and the will to
defend his WBO Super Bantamweight title. The former
five-time world champion from Los Mochis, MX climbed
between the ropes certain he would capture his sixth
In the opener, Arce (57-6-2) plastered Vazquez with left
hooks when Vazquez mistakenly lay against the ropes. The
right hand was Arce’s weapon of choice in the second and
he wobbled the champion from Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Not
that Vazquez wasn’t in the fight. The champion landed
his own right hand mid way through the round and earned
Vazquez drew a line in
the sand in the third and finally backed up Arce. Arce
remained the aggressor through three but was eating
right hands as he attacked. Vazquez countered Arce’s
aggression with pinpoint accuracy that ripped into
Arce’s face. With a second to go in the fourth Arce and
Vazquez traded hooks and Arce hit the deck. When the
fifth commenced Arce raced after Vazquez as though it
was Vazquez who went down a minute earlier.
The Mexican icon slowed in the sixth and gave Vazquez
the time, and space, to operate. Vazquez landed rights
over Arce’s lowered left glove in a round dictated by
the champion. In the middle rounds Vazquez turned
hunter. Vazquez pursued Arce to the ropes where heavy
artillery fire fights erupted. Not that Arce wilted, but
he definitely slowed. Huffing and puffing in the eighth,
Arce lost his legs but remained determined to dethrone
Vazquez. But the young legs and fast hands of Vazquez
enabled him to repeatedly beat Arce to the punch in the
eighth and again in the ninth.
Dead tired, Arce surged
in the championship rounds and nearly put Vazquez on the
mat with a jab in the eleventh. The wily veteran dug
deep and exploded in the twelfth. A left hook wobbled
Vazquez and Arce went wild. Arce piled punches on
Vazquez until the Vazquez corner stepped on the apron
and threw a water bottle into the ring to halt the
contest. Referee Joe Cortez acknowledged the Vazquez
corner and called off the contest with just over two
minutes remaining in the contest.
A refocused Kelly Pavlik
took a grueling ten round majority decision from Alfonso
Lopez in a fight that was much closer than the official
scorecards tallied. Coming off a year long layoff,
Pavlik (36-3) looked rusty in the first, getting hit by
hooks and right hands over the first three minutes of
the fight. But Pavlik grew sharper as the fight wore on
and he settled into a better offensive rhythm.
Lopez, the WBC
Continental Americas Champion, continued to land in
combination but not with the ease he experienced in the
opener. Not because Pavlik’s defense improved, but
because Pavlik’s offense was his best defense. Half way
through the bout it appeared Pavlik’s heavy hands began
taking a toll on Lopez. Lopez (21-1) engaged with less
enthusiasm and less zip on his punches. And just when
Lopez appeared done, a foul induced break in the action
gave Lopez a new will to win.
Lopez increased his work
rate over the second half of the seventh and sustained
the pressure into the eighth. Lopez raked Pavlik with
combinations though none of them seemed to faze the
former middleweight world champion. Both combatants
connected at will in a blistering ninth round that may
have been won by Lopez. But the fighter from Youngstown,
OH wasn’t done. Pavlik bombed Lopez with left hooks in
the final stanza and nearly put Lopez on the deck. Judge
Adalaide Byrd scored the bout a 95-95 draw, but judges
Dick Houck (98-92) and CJ Ross (99-91) favored Pavlik by
Sugar Ray Narh raised the white flag in surrender to
Mike Alvarado following the third round of their super
lightweight bout. Alvarado (30-0) began tattooing Narh
with right hands leads and counters in the second round.
Narh (25-2) did his best to stay out of reach but found
himself on the end of Alvarado’s right hand altogether
too often. Alvarado threw caution to the wind and
pursued Narh with (w)reckless aggression in the third.
Following the frame Narh informed referee Robert Byrd he
would not continue. Apparently Narh was ill prepared to
deal with the pressure Alvarado put on him during their
three rounds of work. Narh took the fight on three
week’s notice. With the TKO victory, Alvarado has 22
stoppages in 30 wins.
Off-air undercard results:
Rodel Mayol (28-5-2) beat Javier Gallo (17-4-1) by
majority decision over ten flyweight rounds. Two judges
scored the bout 98-92 for Mayol. The third judge saw a
different fight and scored it a 95-95 draw.
Jose Benavidez Jr. (11-0) bested James Hope (6-8-1) to
win their super lightweight bout by TKO at 1:43 of the
fifth. Benavidez had earned all four rounds on all three
scorecards leading into the fight ending fifth.
Pier Cote (15-0) stopped Aristeo Ambriz (15-2-1) 46
seconds into the fourth frame of a scheduled eight round
featherweight bout. Cote was in total control of the
fight to that point, having dropped Ambriz in the third.
Karl Dargan (9-0) defeated Randy Arrellin (8-5) by
unanimous decision over six lightweight rounds. Dargan
won by scores of 60-54, 59-55 & 60-54.