Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley
|Date||May 1, 2010|
|Venue||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, United States|
|Title(s) on the line||None.|
|Tale of the tape|
|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. 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. Boxing greats Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson were among a long list of celebrities in attendance. The match was put together after Andre Berto pulled out of his scheduled January 30 unification bout against Mosley.
Talk about a fight between Mayweather and Mosley went back as far as 1999.
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. 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?"
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.
Both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley agreed to Olympic style drug testing for this fight, which included random sampling of blood and urine. 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. 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.
Mosley started the match strong, winning round one. Round two belonged to Mosley once again as he hurt then buckled Mayweather's knees with powerful rights. Mayweather appeared to be in trouble for the first time in his career, but stayed on his feet. The close calls inspired the crowd to break into a chant of "Mosley! Mosley! Mosley!" 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."
After the trying second round, Mayweather bounced back with quick, precise punching, and avoided further trouble. He picked up his offense and controlled round three and four with fast combinations and low body jabs. A strong right in the fourth sent Mosley reeling. As the fight progressed, Mosley began to slow down. In the middle rounds, he backed off on offense and Mayweather took advantage by picking up points with non-damaging hits. By the seventh round, Mosley look winded. 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. By the end of ninth, Mosley had a "look of resignation on his face" as he walked back to his corner.
Mayweather ending up losing only the second round, according to the judges' scorecards, winning the 12 round fight by unanimous decision. Two judges had the final margin at 119–109, while the third had it at 118–108. The win improved Mayweather to 41–0 in his career, while dropping Mosley to 46–6.
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]". "I couldn't adjust and he did", Mosley added. 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." He said he was ready to take on Manny Pacquiao, if he "wants to fight" and "will take the blood and urine tests".
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.
According to initial inside sources the PPV buyrate was expected to be around 1.1 to 1.5 million. buys. 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.
Danie; defeated Cotto via technical knockout in the ninth round.
- Featherweight bout: Daniel Ponce de Leon def. Cornelius Lock (unanimous decision)
- Welterweight bout: Said Ouali def. Hector Saldivia (TKO, 1st round referee stoppage)
- Super Featherweight bout: Eloy Perez def. 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.
Vargas defeated Morua via technical knockout in the sixth round.
- Lightweight bout: Luis Ramos Jr. def. Allen Litzau (TKO, 2nd round referee stoppage)
Ramos Jr. defeated Litzau via technical knockout in the second round.
Savage defeated Speller via unanimous decision (80–72, 80–72, 80–72).
Reece defeated Briannes via unanimous decision.
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