MANILA, MAY 9, 2011
(STAR) By Olmin Leyba (Photo is loading... Local fans and participants cheer for Manny Pacquiao before the opening ceremonies of the Palarong Pambansa at the Rizal Memorial State University Sports Complex in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte. JUN MENDOZA)

Filipino fans are not putting ring icon Manny Pacquiao at fault for letting Sugar Shane Mosley “escape” with a 12-round unanimous decision rather than dish the veteran American his first career KO setback.

“Ayaw makipagsabayan ni Mosley; Puro depensa at atras lang ang ginawa. Tingin ko, gusto lang talaga makatapos ng 12 rounds (Mosley didn’t come to engage Pacquiao in an apparent bid to stay on his feet at the end of the fight),” noted Ipe Parcon, a canteen employee.

Pacquiao did daze and send Mosley down with a thundering left hook in the third, though the 39-year-old American managed to beat the count and survive the Pacman onslaught.

“Mautak din si Mosley kasi nag-backpedal na siya pagkatapos mapabagsak sa third round. Natakot tamaan uli ng solid punch ni Pacquiao at baka matuluyan na siya (It was clever for Mosley to backpedal after that knockdown to prevent Pacquiao from finishing him off),” said Mang Virgilio, a trike driver who monitored the fight on transistor radio.

Mosley though got Pacquiao given an eight-count by referee Kenny Bayless in the 10th.

“Mali ang referee dun, hindi yun knockdown, tulak ni Mosley ang nagpabagsak kay Manny, kitang-kita naman sa mga iba’t ibang anggulo ng replays (The referee mistook it for a knockdown, it was clearly a push by Mosley),” said Rito Abadilla, who serves as a traffic officer in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa in Dapitan City.

One Pacman fan, store owner Juan Virtuso, offered it may have something to do with the color of Pacquiao’s new gloves. “Hindi kaya nabawasan ng bangis si Manny dahil ang gloves niya ay dilaw, na simbolo ng pagiging kimi? Hindi katulad ng dating pula na simbolo ng pagiging agresibo (Has he lost his ferocity by wearing yellow, a symbol of timidity, instead of red for ferocity?).”

A win is a win and Pacman now moves ahead to the next battle.

“Dapat si (Floyd) Mayweather (Jr.) para matigil na, satsat siya nang satsat eh (Floyd should be the one so Pacquiao can silence him once and for all),” said Abadilla.

Parcon discouraged the Sarangani congressman from taking on a defensive-minded fighter. “Boring ang laban kay Mosley. Dapat kalabanin ni Manny yung kasing agresibo nya (Mosley-Pacquiao was a boring fight. Maybe Manny should look for an opponent who can match his energy and aggressiveness.”

Hope the matchmakers are listening.


Cramps prevent Pacquiao from scoring KO Greg Heakes May 8, 2011 - 8:15PM

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lands a punch on Shane Mosley of the US. Photo: AFP

LAS VEGAS: Philippine boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who hasn't lost a fight in six years, said the only thing preventing him from knocking out Shane Mosley was a cramp in his legs.

Pacquiao successfully defended his World Boxing Organization welterweight title for a second time, winning by a unanimous decision after 12 rounds in front of a sold-out crowd at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Saturday.

Pacman floored Mosley in round three -- the challenger's first knockdown for nine years -- but quickly felt a twinge in his left leg. Advertisement: Story continues below

"After the first knockdown I felt I had him and I got him and that I could finish him," Pacquiao said. "But the next round I have a problem with my left foot it is tight.

"I told my coach to press my legs because they are too tight."

Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said his fighter had problems with cramping before but usually in training sessions and not in the middle of bouts.

They have tried different remedies including stretching and other exercises but nothing worked against Mosley.

Despite the pain 32-year-old Pacquiao put on an impressive performance Saturday, dominating from start to finish.

The only blot on an otherwise convincing display was a knockdown awarded to Mosely in the 10th round, a decision the referee later apologised to Pacquiao for.

Mosley claimed he would expose Pacquiao's weaknesses but there was no turning back the clock for the 39-year-old former world champion, who looked every bit his age Saturday.

Mosley's main goal appeared simply to survive the onslaught launched by the Philippine icon and to keep his record of never being knocked out intact.

The challenger maintained that record but was booed loudly for his negative tactics, especially in the eighth and ninth rounds.

Even Pacquiao gave him the cold shoulder in the ring after the final bell and then questioned Mosley's game plan at the post-fight news conference.

"I was expecting him to fight with me for at least five of the 12 rounds so we can test each other's power," Pacquiao said. "I did my best to try and give a good fight. What can I do? It is not my fault." AFP

'Mosley always running, he should join marathon' By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) Updated May 09, 2011 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Ordinary Filipino fight fans were dissatisfied with the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight, labeling the black American as unworthy challenger to the Filipino champion.

Not a few said it was Pacquiao’s most boring fight since he hit it big and became boxing’s top attraction.

Some were not happy as well on how Pacquiao fought Mosley, saying the Filipino idol lacked the grit and fire in this bout.

“Kamayan ng kamayan. (They kept on shaking hands). It’s more like a peace talk than a fight,” said Edmund Dungca, a barangay kagawad from Katipunan, Quezon City.

“Mukhang magkaibigan at ayaw maglaban. Sana nga di na sila naglaban (They looked like good friends and didn’t want to fight. They shouldn’t have arranged the fight at all),” said Jun Cabiling, a tricycle driver from Fairview, Quezon City.

Almost everybody scored Mosley for getting up the ring just to collect his $5 million paycheck.

“Mosley should have just joined a marathon. He did nothing but to run and run and run,” said Dominador Castro, a storeowner from Valenzuela.

“It was really boring. We wasted our hard-earned money for this fight,” said Pedring Santos, Castro’s helper.

Castro and Santos said Mosley beat Joshua Clottey in being Pacquiao’s most boring opponent.

Filipino fight fans likewise labeled the Ghanaian fighter an unworthy challenger for just defending himself against the stronger and quicker Filipino ring icon.

The Filipinos, like everybody else on the planet, are now aching for the Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather showdown.

“Pacquiao has beaten all of them. Please bring on Mayweather for Pacquiao,” said George delos Reyes, also a tricycle driver from Fairview.

“Hopefully, the promoters would already be able to arrange the Mayweather fight. I don’t see anyone else who could put up an exciting fight with Manny,” said Joy Flores, a student from Caloocan.

Mosley finished the fight standing, but didn’t get the respect of the Filipinos for refusing to slug it out with Pacquiao.

Eric Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez were all felled by Manny but drew praises from the Filipinos for their brave stand.

Same could be said of David Diaz, Ricky Hatton, Oscar dela Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito but not of Clottey and now of Mosley.

Others said it’s a testament to Pacquiao’s tremendous strength and great speed that he kept Mosley on the run.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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