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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mosley's power punches, Pacquiao's problem in the early rounds

Even if Manny Pacquiao said that he is ready to fight Shane Mosley on May 7, the biggest threat to him will be the power punches of the Pomona native in the early rounds.

Many are thinking that Shane is already behind his competitive days, merely because of his last two fights which both happened last year. His last fight, against Sergio Mora in September 13, 2011, was stolen from him. Even though the ringside referees scored it a draw, many of the boxing enthusiasts who are watching at the sidelines and at home believed that Mosley won that fight. He was the more aggressive fighter in most of the rounds and he also connected the most number of punches.

Mosley last lost to the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr in May 1, 2010. It was a clear UD loss for him but the first few rounds of that fight were very notable and entertaining. His power punches almost brought Mayweather Jr to the canvass. The big problem with Mosley against Floyd was his slick defense. Floyd was being careful in the middle to last rounds as he continued with his shoulder roll defense and won the fight by unanimous decision; Mosley’s score was far behind.

Even at 39 years old, Shane Mosley still has that one-punch knockout power in both his fists. He trained hard for the fight because he knows he is up against the best in the business. He is expected to start quick and unleash the warrior in him early on. He will throw his big punches in the early rounds to the chin of Pacquiao just like what he did to Floyd.

The big problem with Pacquiao is that once someone tagged him with a power punch, he tends to counter back and become more aggressive. This is absolutely the type of opponent Shane Mosley wants to fight. In the first round against Floyd, Mosley hit him with a right straight but the fellow American held his arm to control his [Floyd] balance. Floyd continued to attack and got hit again by Mosley's power punches but it's still not enough.

The most notable punch by Mosley to Floyd was the right hook in the second round of their fight. Mayweather almost got knocked down but he was able to control his balance. He covered himself most of the time and released some punches when he had the chance. After the second round, Floyd brought back his composure and defended himself very well.

In that fight, both fighters threw almost the same number of punches. Mayweather threw 477 and landed 208 (44%) while Mosley threw 452 punches but landed only 92 (20%). The big thing that mattered in that fight was clearly Floyd Mayweather’s defense and accuracy of his punches.

On May 7 in the Pacquiao vs Mosley fight Manny Pacquiao will have a hard time dealing with the big solid punches of Shane Mosley. Shane is prepared to fight twelve long rounds but he is expected to wear down in the last rounds. To be able to win against Pacquiao, Shane must let loose everything he’s got early on. If he can hit Manny with a big right hand, he need to finish the fight as fast as he can to avoid Pacman from being composed again.

Manny Pacquiao, a congressman in the lone province of Sarangani in the Philippines, knows how difficult an opponent Shane Mosley is for him. In his two-month training for the upcoming Mosley vs Pacquiao fight, Manny never took Shane Mosley for granted. Even with Mosley’s recent bad performances, he is still powerful and fast. He is a much bigger and taller opponent than Pacman and his reach is also a big advantage.

Manny is the heavy 7-to-1 favorite of this fight. This means that if you bet $7000 for Pacquiao it will only yield $1000 if he wins.

There are a lot of people out there who still believes in Shane’s abilities. He started his professional boxing career with 38 wins, 0 losses (with 35 KO’s). It was only the late Vernon Forrest who stopped Shane’s winning streak.

Pacquiao and Mosley are now in Las Vegas. They were welcomed by Bob Arum, the media and fans in the lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, yesterday. Many are excited to see their fight. The first 4-5 rounds will be super entertaining but if the fight goes the distance, the show will all be Manny Pacquiao, who is expected to be the first boxer to hand Shane Mosley his first loss by knockout.

See the videos of Mayweather vs Mosley below to see how Shane released his big punches to Floyd’s face in the early rounds and how the undefeated American fought back and won the fight.

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Mayweather vs Ortiz on September 17, 2011 and Pacquiao vs Marquez on November 12, 2011