Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley

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Who R U Picking?
Mayweather vs Mosley Official Poster.jpg
Date May 1, 2010
Location MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, United States
Title(s) on the line None.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley
Money Sugar
Tale of the tape
Grand Rapids, Michigan From Pomona, California
40–0–0 (25 KO) Pre-fight record 46–5–0 (39 KO)
5 feet, 8 inches Height 5 feet, 9 inches
Ring Magazine pound for pound No. 2 Recognition Ring Magazine pound for pound No. 3, WBA Welterweight Super Champion

Result Mayweather via unanimous decision

Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley was a boxing welterweight non-title superfight, in which Mayweather won by unanimous decision with two judges scoring it 119–109 and one judge scoring it 118–110.[1] The bout was held on May 1, 2010, before a "sellout" crowd of 15,117 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.[2] Boxing greats Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson were among a long list of celebrities in attendance.[2] The match was put together after Andre Berto pulled out of his scheduled January 30 unification bout against Mosley.

Build up[edit]

Talk about a fight between Mayweather and Mosley went back as far as 1999.[3]

However the first serious talk of fight between the fighters came after Floyd Mayweather's win over Juan Manuel Marquez, when the two fighters confronted each other and started shoving and insulting each other.[4] However following this incident each fighter went his own way, only to meet up again.

Shane Mosley was scheduled to face Andre Berto for a WBC and WBA Welterweight title unification bout on January 30, 2010. However, the fight (and entire undercard) was called off on January 18, 2010, due to an earthquake in Haiti and Berto losing several family members in the disaster. Negotiations for a proposed matchup between Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr. immediately began afterwards, ending with both sides agreeing to a set date of May 1, 2010, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was billed "Who R U Picking?"[5][6]

Pre-fight hype[edit]

The earliest pre-fight hype came after Manny Pacquiao's fight with Joshua Clottey on March 13, 2010, when HBO aired a brief interview, confrontational-styled show entitled, "Face Off" with Max Kellerman hosting and leading the conversation.

However the first major pre-fight hype took part when HBO produced a four-part prelude of their show 24/7. The series, titled Mayweather-Mosley 24/7, aired installments all throughout April 2010. The series focused on each fighter's training and preparation for the bout. For Mosley, the fight was very symbolic, and a way to show he is the best boxer in the world. For Mayweather, the fight was seen as just business, and Mosley as just another fighter.

During one installment of Mayweather-Mosley 24/7, Mayweather proclaimed himself the greatest boxer of all time, better than Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali, and made light of Mosley's skill.[7]

On the night of the fight one commentator called it "the most highly anticipated welterweight matchup since Sugar Ray Leonard stopped Thomas Hearns in the 14th round in 1981."[7]

Drug testing[edit]

Both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley agreed to Olympic style drug testing for this fight, which included random sampling of blood and urine.[8] This is the first fight in the United States to go under these conditions.

This style of drug testing was promoted from Mayweather due to his purported concern of the health of many fighters who face medical problems later in life due to drug use, as well as a way to make clear no cheating, imagined or otherwise, is taking place. Mayweather first proposed this when negotiations with Manny Pacquiao first took place in early 2010. Because Pacquiao failed to agree to the rigorous blood testing regiment set forth by the USADA, the fight ultimately fell apart.[8] However, Mosley had no opposition to this condition when negotiations between Mayweather first began. It is also a way for Mosley to show that he is not using steroids, as he faced a controversy over the topic in 2003.[9]

The fight[edit]

Entering the fight, Mayweather was a 1:4 favorite.[10]

Mosley started the match strong, winning round one.[10] Round two belonged to Mosley once again as he hurt then buckled Mayweather's knees with powerful rights.[2][10] Mayweather appeared to be in trouble for the first time in his career, but stayed on his feet.[2] The close calls inspired the crowd to break into a chant of "Mosley! Mosley! Mosley!"[7] When later asked how he survived the onslaught Mayweather replied, "it's a contact sport, and you're going to get hit. You got to suck it up and keep on fighting."[2]

After the trying second round, Mayweather bounced back with quick, precise punching, and avoided further trouble.[2] He picked up his offense and controlled round three and four with fast combinations and low body jabs.[7][10] A strong right in the fourth sent Mosley reeling.[7] As the fight progressed, Mosley began to slow down.[10] In the middle rounds, he backed off on offense and Mayweather took advantage by picking up points with non-damaging hits.[7] By the seventh round, Mosley look winded.[7] In the eighth, he became frustrated and received a referee warning after it appeared he tried to toss Mayweather to the ground in a wrestling-style move.[7] By the end of ninth, Mosley had a "look of resignation on his face" as he walked back to his corner.[7]

Mayweather ending up losing only the second round, according to the judges' scorecards, winning the 12 round fight by unanimous decision.[10] Two judges had the final margin at 119–109, while the third had it at 118–108.[2] The win improved Mayweather to 41–0 in his career, while dropping Mosley to 46–6.[2]

After the fight, Mosley said neck tightness inhibited his fight. "I tried to move around, but he was too quick and I was too tight ... I thought I had to knock him out [early]".[10] "I couldn't adjust and he did", Mosley added.[10] Mayweather remarked, "I came here tonight to give the fans what they wanted to see: a toe-to-toe battle. It wasn't the same style, but I wanted to be aggressive and I knew I could do it."[2] He said he was ready to take on Manny Pacquiao, if he "wants to fight" and "will take the blood and urine tests".[10]

Fight earnings[edit]

Starting around May 10 many reports stated that the official number of PPV buys for the fight was 1.4 million. This is mostly according from Leonard Ellerbe, the advisor for Floyd Mayweather and an inside source on the topic.[11][12][13][14]

On May 11, HBO officially released that the fight generated $78.3 million in revenue.[11]

According to initial inside sources the PPV buyrate was expected to be around 1.1 to 1.5 million. buys.[15] With Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, who sponsored the fight saying he first thought that the buyrate would be around 3.5 to 4 million.

Mayweather received a guaranteed $22.5 Million for the fight, plus a bonus for PPV subscriptions which later amounted to around $40 million, while Mosley got $6.7 million.[7]

Undercard[edit]

Televised[edit]

Danie; defeated Cotto via technical knockout in the ninth round.[16]

Ponce de Leon defeated Lock via unanimous decision (96–94, 97–93, 96–94). The fight was a title defense for Ponce de Leon's, WBC Latino Featherweight title.[17]

  • Welterweight bout: Morocco Said Ouali def. Argentina Hector David Saldivia (TKO, 1st round referee stoppage)

Ouali defeated Saldivia via technical knockout in the first round. The fight was a WBA Welterweight title eliminator.[16]

Untelevised[edit]

  • Super Featherweight bout: United States Eloy Perez def. Mexico Gilberto Sanchez Leon (majority decision)

Perez defeated Leon via majority decision (95–95, 97–93, 96–94). The fight was a title defense for Perez's WBO NABO Super Featherweight title.[18]

Vargas defeated Morua via technical knockout in the sixth round.[19]

  • Lightweight bout: United States Luis Ramos Jr. def. United States Allen Litzau (TKO, 2nd round referee stoppage)

Ramos Jr. defeated Litzau via technical knockout in the second round.[19]

  • Middleweight bout: United States Dion Savage def. United States Tommie Speller (unanimous decision)

Savage defeated Speller via unanimous decision (80–72, 80–72, 80–72).[19]

  • Light Welterweight: United States Daniel Reece def. United States Nichoulas Briannes (unanimous decision)

Reece defeated Briannes via unanimous decision.[19]

International broadcasting[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (May 2, 2010). "Mayweather takes decision from Mosely". The Washington Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Pugmire, Lance (May 1, 2010). "Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Shane Mosely in unanimous decision". The Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Floyd shoots down Shane". Sky Sports. September 28, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ Mayo, David (September 20, 2009). "Shane Mosley wants a piece of Floyd Mayweather". The Grand Rapids Press (Grand Rapids, MI). Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Freeman, Ace (January 18, 2010). "Mayweather vs. Mosley clash a strong possibility now". FightFan.com. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mosley and Mayweather agree to terms for May 1 clash!". FightFan. January 31, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Time Smith (May 2, 2010). "Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins 12-round bout with Shane Mosley unanimously in Las Vegas". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Rafael, Dan (January 30, 2010). "Mosley, Mayweather reach terms". ESPN. Walt Disney Co. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ Fernando Llosa, Luis; L. Jon Wertheim (September 28, 2007). "Mosley accused of doping". Sports Illustrated. Time Warner. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gardner, Neil (May 2, 2010). "Floyd Mayweather outpoints Shane Mosley to maintain unbeaten record". The Times (London, UK). Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley fight does 1.4 million pay-per-view buys | The Fabulous Forum | Los Angeles Times". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. May 11, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ellerbe: Mayweather-Mosley does 1.4 million PPV buys, Mayweather makes $40 million". Boxingnews24.com. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  13. ^ Hiestand, Michael (May 12, 2010). "Mayweather-Mosley pulls in $78 million and 1.4 million PPV buys". USA Today. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley fight draws 1.4 million buys, $78.3 million in TV revenue". ESPN. May 11, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Boxing PPV Buy Numbers for Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley". Doghouseboxing.com. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Beacham, Greg (May 1, 2010). "Alvarez stops Cotto on Mayweather-Mosley undercard". Associated Press. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  17. ^ Rafael, Dan (May 2, 2010). "Undeterred Alvarez cuts down Cotto". ESPN. Walt Disney Co. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  18. ^ Taylor, Dennis (May 2, 2010). "Perez wins majority decision over Leon". Montgomery County Herald (Monterey, CA). Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  19. ^ a b c d Baxter, Kevin (May 1, 2010). "Saul Alvarez knocks out Jose Miguel Cotto in undercard bout". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010.