PACMAN TOO TIRED TO WATCH MAYWEATHER-MOSLEY FIGHT
[PHOTO AT LEFT - Floyd Mayweather Jr. connects with a punch against Shane Mosley during their WBA welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas yesterday. Mayweather beat Mosley in a unanimous decision. AP]
MANILA, MAY 3, 2010 (STAR) By Abac Cordero - Mayweather: No drug tests, no bout.
He chose to sleep rather than watch the fight. Manny Pacquiao’s personal assistant yesterday said the reigning pound-for-pound champion, who’s in the homestretch of a congressional campaign in his home province, skipped watching yesterday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley.
The whole world must have watched the 12-round contest, either on screen or at the packed MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but Pacquiao, according to Bren Evangelio, was so tired campaigning the night before that as of 3 p.m. yesterday he was still in bed. “Tulog pa po (Still sleeping),” Evangelio texted The STAR.
Pacquiao staged a big rally Saturday evening in Sarangani where he is seeking a congressional seat in the May 10 elections. The rally lasted until past midnight but the 31-year-old boxing icon had a couple more meetings set with his political supporters.
It was past five in the morning when Pacquiao got it all done.
Pacquiao was supposed to fly to Manila in the morning to serve as commentator for the GMA-7/Solar Sports coverage of the fight. His presence would have added more luster to the coverage, considering that everybody wants to see him fight Mayweather.
“We were informed this morning that he wouldn’t make it. I think something came up with his already busy schedule,” was the response of Solar Sports marketing manager Vitto Lazatin when the coverage started before noon with no sign of Pacquiao.
Pacquiao would have watched the fight with great interest.
Mayweather stretched his unbeaten record to 41-0 following a unanimous victory over the 38-year-old Mosley who was only good in the first two rounds of the fight.
Mayweather showed blinding hand speed but not great power in beating Mosley. Up on the ring, after the fight, he told HBO analyst Larry Merchant he’s willing to face Pacquiao as long as the Pinoy superstar undergoes the drug tests.
The superfight between Mayweather and Pacquiao was supposed to happen last March, but disagreements on how the blood and urine tests would be taken led to the fallout. Instead, Pacquiao ended up facing Joshua Clottey in Dallas.
Pacquiao, according to boxing man Hermie Rivera who is in General Santos City, said the fight with Mayweather will depend on a couple of things, and none of it concerned the drug tests.
Rivera said Pacquiao will decide after the elections, and after he sits down with members of his family, including his wife, Jinkee, and mother, Dionesia, if he would fight Mayweather or anyone else out there or retire from boxing.
“Pag-uusapan pa daw nilang lahat bago siya mag-decide,” said Rivera.
Mayweather stood firm in his demand that Pacquiao agree to random blood testing, which could have blood drawn from both fighters in the months, weeks, days or even hours before the fight, a system that was unacceptable for the Filipino.
“If Manny Pacquiao wants to fight it’s not hard to find me,” Mayweather told Merchant.
“I take my hat off to Mosley. He’s a warrior and he took the test. All I want to do is to even the playing field. If you’re clean, take the test. I’m willing to take the test. Manny Pacquiao, take the blood and urine test and we can make the fight happen for all the fans.”
“And if he doesn’t?” Merchant asked.
“We ain’t got no fight,” was Mayweather’s reply.
“I want to fight the best out there. If it’s Shane Mosley, I’ll fight Shane Mosley. If it’s Pacquiao, I’ll fight Pacquiao. All I’m saying is I want to fight all these fighters on an even playing field. That’s all I ask. I want to be treated fair.”
Pacquiao never said he’s against the tests, and in fact has agreed to the blood tests 24 days before the fight and immediately after the fight, not in the days leading to it because he said he feels weak after blood is drawn from him.
After the negotiations for the March fight with Mayweather bogged down, Pacquiao said it was time to move on, and fight the best fights possible, adding firmly that if negotiations with Maywearther ever resume, he won’t change his stand on the testing issue.
Bob Arum said Mayweather’s demand for random blood testing, the way it’s done in the Olympics and instead of the traditional way it’s been administered by the boxing commission, is his way of dodging a fight with Pacquiao.
And it seems that nothing has changed.
Mayweather decisions Mosley, stays undefeated By AP (The Philippine Star) Updated May 03, 2010 12:00 AM
LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. rebounded from a close call in the second round to dominate Shane Mosley in a unanimous 12-round decision on Saturday in their welterweight fight.
Boxing’s biggest box office draw remained undefeated in 41 fights, but not before giving his fans and his corner a scare when a right hand to the side of his head buckled his knees a minute into the second, and he had to grab Mosley to avoid going down. Mosley landed another right later in the round, but the rest of the night belonged to Mayweather.
Fighting before a star-studded crowd that included Muhammad Ali, Mayweather never came close to dropping Mosley, but landed so many more punches that the outcome wasn’t in doubt past the middle rounds.
He had an answer for everything Mosley tried to do, landing right hands to the head seemingly at will as the fight progressed.
By the end of the night, Mayweather had put so many rounds in the bank that the only question was whether he would stop Mosley or be content to win a lopsided decision.
“I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see, a toe-to-toe battle,” said Mayweather, who has been criticized for fighting too defensively. “It wasn’t the same style for me but I wanted to be aggressive and I knew I could do it.”
Two ringside judges scored it 119-109 for Mayweather, while the third had it 118-110.
Mayweather made Mosley look every bit his 38 years as he landed sharp punches to his head, dominating a fighter who had vowed to turn the bout into the fight of the decade. Mosley tried his best, but couldn’t match the speed of the 33-year-old Mayweather, who grew more comfortable with each passing round.
Mosley was a substitute for Manny Pacquiao, who was all but signed to meet Mayweather until a dispute over drug testing derailed the megafight. Instead, Pacquiao beat Joshua Clottey on March 13 in Dallas and is now campaigning for a seat in congress in his native Philippines.
“If Manny Pacquiao can take a blood and urine test then we have a fight,” Mayweather said. “If not, no fight.”
Mosley almost ruined a lot of Mayweather’s best-laid plans when he landed the big right hand in the second that brought the fans at the MGM Grand Arena to their feet. They chanted “Mosley, Mosley,” as he followed Mayweather around the ring, landing another good right hand before the bell rang to end the round.
But Mayweather came out in the third round and began landing some shots of his own.
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