In case you were under a rock and missed the fight last night:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is usually content to just win a fight. This time, though, Money Mayweather wanted to earn his cash. Fighting more aggressively than usual, Mayweather overcame a near knockdown in the second round Saturday night to dominate the rest of the way and win a lopsided 12-round decision over Shane Mosley in their welterweight showdown.
“I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see, a toe-to-toe battle,” Mayweather said. “It wasn’t the same style for me but I wanted to be aggressive and I knew I could do it.”
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. If he didn’t please everyone, it was because he couldn’t knock out Mosley. But Mayweather won every minute of every round after the second and the normally defensive-minded fighter kept after Mosley until the final bell in a masterful performance that earned him every dollar of his guaranteed $22.5 million payday.
“I think we could have pressed the attack a lot earlier, and then we could have got the knockout,” Mayweather said.
Mosley’s corner kept imploring the fighter to throw his jab more and fight his way inside, but Mosley was content to try to load up to hurt Mayweather with a big punch that didn’t come. “You can’t wait for one big shot, you’ve got to wake up,” Mosley’s trainer told him after the seventh round. By the 10th round, Naazim Richardson was even more frantic, telling Mosley he needed a knockout.
Mayweather, who earned $2,500 in his pro debut 14 years ago, was guaranteed $22.5 million but probably will end up with much more once the final pay-per-view buys are added up. Mosley was guaranteed $7 million, and also had a share in the television revenues.
Some of our staff have been fans of Floyd since the beginning, and some say that he is “big ni**a coonin.” They disliked Muhammad Ali at the time of his greatness as well….
Nevertheless, here are some of the post-fight quotes…
“Floyd Mayweather is special. He’s trained by special people.-Brother Naazim.
“We have to really respect what we have just witnessed. The best boxer on the planet is Mayweather, in my mind, in Mosley’s mind, in everybody’s mind. He is the best. Tonight convinced me that he is the best.
“He has the talent, he has the work ethic and people all over the world are become fans. “He fought Shane Mosely, which was supposed to be the most dangerous fight of his career, and he showed us why he is the best. “Mayweather can decide who he wants to fight now. He can decide who, when and where.
“Mayweather is on he is on a different level because he a student of the game he will dissect you outside the ring and finish you inside the ring. “Special boxers like Mayweather, we talk about them forever. “He showed me true greatness because I felt that he was going to go down. That he was not going to be able handle Mosley’s punch. It just shows you Mayweather is the real deal. I am a firm believer Mayweather is the best we have.” - Oscar De La Hoya