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The viewers who tuned in to the Manny Pacquiao vs. "Sugar" Shane Mosley card Saturday evening got to see a special moment as an aging former champion upset his heavily favored and younger foe. Unfortunately for the 39 year old Mosley, it didn't happen in the main event.
Jorge Arce may be the oldest 31 year old in boxing. The veteran of 63 professional bouts seemingly can't keep himself from being in a war, and fights with bizarre regularity for an accomplished multiple time champion. In 2010 alone he stepped into the ring five times going 4-0-1 and earning a shot at the undefeated and highly ranked Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Arce entered the ring a bigger underdog than Mosley would in the main event, a fact that was not played up well enough by the commentary team during the bout. Vazquez had the size advantage, Arce was moving up to super bantamweight to avoid putting his body through weight cuts. But that wasn't the only advantage Wilfredo had coming in. Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook explained in his undercard preview:
Vazquez, 26, has not taken near the punishment Arce has over the years, and is the fresher, younger, stronger, faster fighter. Arce's best chance in this fight is hoping that his power carries its way up and he can bang with Vazquez, plus he'll have to lure him into the sort of firefight where anything can happen. If the power isn't there, he's in trouble. Vazquez has the ability to outbox Arce easily, and the power to take him out.
Arce's power did translate to the new weight quite well and a firefight is exactly what followed. Vazquez seemed often uncomfortable with the pressure of his veteran foe and spent much of the fight more concerned with trying to land a counter shot while absorbing blows than he wasn't getting in enough offense to discourage Arce's pressure.
In round three Vazquez nailed Arce with a huge punch that sent him to the canvas. Arce made his way to his feet, the round ended and as the next began it was the same exact Jorge swimming forward winging his punches at Vazquez's cranium. It was a beautiful display of the championship heart of a man who has been through wars his entire career and would rather go out on his shield than not give everything he had to give. Eventually he gave more than Vazquez's father was willing to see him take as they stopped the fight in the final round with Arce blitzing his young opponent, leaving only the ropes holding him up.
It was a great moment by a fighter who has delivered for the fans time and time again. How can you not love a man who leaves seemingly every fight looking like this:
Fans tuning in to the card wanted to see an amazing upset and they got it, I hope they realize it.
For several days we've heard that Top Rank put a $5 million offer on the table for Juan Manuel Marquez to fight Manny Pacquiao for a third time. Knowing that Marquez has talked for some time about how badly he wants the bout it seemed a foregone conclusion that the trilogy would go down in September. But yesterday Bob Arum told the press that Marquez was not happy with the offer and that they would be submitting him a revised offer on Monday.
So who would be next for Pacquiao if it isn't Marquez? Arum says that the next choices would be Timothy Bradley or Zab Judah, both junior welterweights.
I don't know that they could possibly have mentioned two more different options.
Though Judah (41-6, 28 KO) has ran off five straight wins he is still only in the bottom half of the top ten at 140 pounds. What he does provide is a guy with a recognizable name whose history shows that he would be more than willing to be outspoken and play the "bad guy" in the build up to a big fight.
Bradley (27-0, 11 KO) is undefeated in his career and the #1 ranked fighter at 140. But he also is a guy who is a virtual unknown to the public at large. His fight with Devon Alexander, a legitimate and relevant battle drew a crowd to Pontiac, Michigan that could only be described as embarrassing. To be fair, putting on a fight in the Silverdome was a stupid move to begin with but he still isn't exactly a huge draw anywhere else.
Pacquiao would be the one doing the heavy lifting as far as public attention no matter who he fights, but having a solid supporting player is the difference between 700,000 PPV buys and 1.2 million. And after the Mosley fight it's possible that there will be a segment of the audience that isn't going to be in a rush to drop another $50 unless there is some greater motivation, like Judah's trash talk or Manny's history with Marquez.
More than anything else, Pacquiao needs a fight that is going to deliver on the hype. While no fault of his own, the last three opponents have just not been able to force Manny into a compelling fight. Manny's curse is the curse of the dominant, and he needs the right opponent to make the fight he needs.
In the wake of Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley there will, no doubt, be fans wondering what is next for both men. For Pacquiao, he reaffirmed his status as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in boxing while Shane Mosley continued to look like a sad shell of his once great former self.
We know that Manny Pacquiao's next fight is scheduled for November 12 and nothing that happened in this bout would seem to be the impetus for that fight being delayed. The ease with which Pacquiao defeated Mosley will, of course, lead to a renewed demand for Manny to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. Of course, Floyd can't seem to keep himself out of legal trouble as we found out yet again earlier this week.
The likely opponent on that November date will be Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez has already been offered $5 million for the fight. We talked about that bout earlier this week:
The first battle between Marquez and Pacquiao took place at featherweight with the two men battling to an amazing draw. Manny was able to drop Marquez three times in the first round but JMM fought back and won the vast majority of the rest of the rounds to pull even. Pacquiao likely should have gotten the win but rather than a 10-6 score for the first round for three knockdowns, one judge scored the round 10-7 resulting in his final scorecard reading 113-113.
The two met in a rematch at super featherweight and Pacquiao won a tremendous fight by split decision. In that fight Pacquiao managed a knockdown in the third round that was the deciding moment.
Unfortunately, Marquez showed that he is not able to retain his speed or look comfortable at welterweight when he faced Mayweather Jr. in September of 2009. So it's hard to feel that it would be an incredibly competitive bout. Still, this is the bout fans can expect to next see Manny Pacquiao in.
As for Mosley? Well, this should be the end for Shane. He was a great fighter at one time, but he has now looked like an old man who doesn't have the ability to let his hands go when he needs to in three straight fights. But boxing has never been a game where men get out at appropriate times and there will still be money for him in future fights.
There may be interest in a rematch with Antonio Margarito, but Margarito is having trouble getting approved to so much as spar resulting in his planned bout with Miguel Cotto being canceled. Bob Arum did not give a positive feeling of Margarito's future. Via Boxing Scene:
Arum told BoxingScene that they have scheduled an appointment for Margarito to see an eye doctor next Wednesday. "We have Margarito scheduled to see an eye doctor next Wednesday. We have to wait an see what the doctor says but so far the reports we have heard about Margarito's eye aren't very good."
I'd be happy to see Shane simply walk away from the sport, but he is a proud man and I'm sure we'll see him back in the ring before 2011 is done.
After the final bell in the 12 round fight between Manny Pacquiao and "Sugar" Shane Mosley it was clear that it would be Manny Pacquiao who got his hand raised. Shane Mosley looked every bit of 39 years old in his flat out inability to pull the trigger at any point in the fight. Manny Pacquiao showed his trademark aggression throughout the bout but the toughness of Mosley allowed him to survive the full twelve rounds.
After a very even first round it was Pacquiao who was able to start to take over. His signature moment came in round three when he landed a hard two punch combination that sent Mosley tumbling to the mat. Shane rose and managed to survive and get back to his corner, but from that point on he had no ability (or willingness) to let his hands go.
Mosley covered up for the majority of the fight from the third round forward, avoiding getting significantly hurt again but only managing to score a small handful of meaningful punches. In round 10 the two men clinched and Mosley clearly shoved Pacquiao to the mat, still the referees scored it as a knockdown. The missed call only served to anger Pacquiao who spent the rest of the fight charging forward in an attempt to get the knockout. Despite his attempts and a crowd chanting "Knock him out!" Mosley survived to the final bell to hear scorecards of 119-108, 120-108 and 120-107 all read for Manny Pacquiao.
We will have much more on the event in the coming hours and days including fallout and what should be next for both men.
In the 12th round of the Showtime pay-per-view bout between Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO) and "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KO) the crowd chanted "Manny, Manny" as the fighters engaged. Mosley finally tries to let his punches go but gives up on the idea quickly. He needs a miracle in the final two minutes of the fight, but it's one he likely won't be able to get.
In the third round of the Showtime pay-per-view bout between Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO) and "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KO) Mosley came out and landed a sharp right hand early. Pacquiao tried to come forward with a combination that was blocked by Mosley. Mosley with a nice short jab and a short return shot from Pacquiao sends Mosley to the mat. Mosely gets to his feet but he is hurt badly. Shane clinches to try to regain his composure but Manny walks forward with a nice left hand. Again unloading with his punches but Mosley surviving. Straight left again by Manny and Mosley manages to make it to the bell.
In the first round of the Showtime pay-per-view bout between Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO) and "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KO) circled, feeling each other out for the first thirty seconds, flicking jabs and trying to find the appropriate range. Mosley landed a jab but Manny responded with a nice one-two combination. Manny seemed willing to go to the body early while Shane was looking for hooks and the jab but Shane landed a hard right to the body. Pacquiao quickly landed one of his own in return. A sharp right hand by Mosley landed with thirty seconds left in the round.
The round came to a close with neither man really laying claim to the card making it 10-10 on the SB Nation scorecard.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr (20-0-1, 17 KO) took on Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KO) in the final pay-per-view undercard bout of the Manny Pacquiao vs. "Sugar" Shane Mosley card.
The first round both men feel out the situation for the first minute but eventually both opened up and it was Arce landing a very big shot that hurt Vazquez and forced him to defend. Round two saw more good action with Arce continuing to get inside and land very hard shots that got Vazquez's respect. That's not to say that Vazquez wasn't having his own moments and at one point he tagged Arce, prompting Jorge to stick out his chin and tell him to bring it.
In round three both men engaged fully with power shots, both men landing hard and Arce developing some blood along the bridge of his nose. Neither man appeared willing to back down through the fourth round with Arce bulling forward and Vazquez trying to counter punch. Almost out of nowhere the counter left hook landed for Vazquez and floored Arce just as round four was coming to a close. Arce managed to rise before the count and made it back to his stool.
Vazquez continued landing hard counters in rounds five and six as the tremendous action continued but Arce is never one to back down and continued his attempts to push his way inside and land his powerful hooks. As the seventh round closed it was clear that the complexion of the fight was not going to change, both men were in the rin to throw with everything they had and it was making for close rounds and the constant threat of a knockout looming large for both men.
Vazquez started to focus too much on trying to land the counter punch as the rounds wore on, possibly allowing Arce to claw his way back into the lead with his aggression. After eight rounds SB Nation had Arce up 76-75, an impressive accomplishment after being knocked down in the 4th round.
As the fight moved into the championship rounds it was Arce whose sheer will started to take over the fight and in the 11 round he had Vazquez on rubbery legs but couldn't floor him before the bell. In the final round Arce poured it on and as Vazquez kept getting rocked and being held up by the ropes referee Joe Cortez was forced to jump in as Vazquez's father threw in the towel from the corner bringing the great fight to an end.
With the win Jorge Arce captured the WBO Super Bantamweight Championship.
This was a tremendous fight and one that Vazquez has nothing to be ashamed of.
Kelly Pavlik (32-2, 32 KO) took on Alfonso Lopez (21-0, 16 KO) on the pay-per-view undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. "Sugar" Shane Mosley card. The former middleweight champion Pavlik was returning to the ring after a stint in rehab for alcoholism.
Lopez was able to land some shots in the first round as Pavlik looked to get his legs. Lopez used a lot of feinting to try to keep Pavlik from getting settled but did eat a nice hook late in the round. Pavlik looked to fight a rougher fight in the second and managed to have a much better round, but this time it was Lopez making the late charge and possibly stealing the round.
Pavlik fought the third round at a much better pace, landing shots and appearing to get more comfortable, but as with the second round he slowed down over the last half of the round and allowed Lopez to start working combinations.
Round four saw an accidental clash of heads open a nasty cut over the right eye of Pavlik. Pavlik did enough to seemingly win the round which pulled the fight even on the SBNation card. Pavlik continued to find the left hook in round five as he continued to work through the ring rust and Lopez's work rate dropped significantly. For all the solid work of Lopez early he simply stopped pushing the fight and allowed Pavlik to get comfortable and get his power shots in from rounds three through six.
Lopez fought the seventh round with more aggression, again going back to combination punching to score points. Pavlik would land a low blow that brought the action to a brief stop and got a stern warning from the referee. It was Lopez's best round since round two. Lopez and Pavlik both fought a hard eighth round which Lopez closed out with a sharp combination that may have stolen the round on the judge's cards and evened up the fight 76-76 on the SB Nation scorecard.
The tale of the fight by the ninth round was Lopez's combination punching against the single power shots of Pavlik. Lopez survived a rocky middle of the fight to really give a good showing but Pavlik tagged him with a very hard hook in the tenth round that hurt Lopez badly. Pavlik dominated the final round with big left hands that repeatedly hurt Lopez and had him reeling badly for most of the round. Lopez managed to remain on his feet and fire punches back but it was a very solid close to the fight.
In a fight filled with close rounds SBN saw the score 95-95 even. But the official scorecards read 95-95 even, 98-92 and 99-91 for Kelly Pavlik. Kelly Pavlik wins by majority decision.
Hard to understand the 99-91 and 98-92 scorecards but Pavlik got a very much needed victory.
The Showtime pay-per-view broadcast for the bout between Manny Pacquiao and "Sugar" Shane Mosley kicked off with a bout between "Sugar" Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KO) and Mike Alvarado (29-0, 21 KO) for the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Championship.
Narh looked to use his height as the fight started to neutralize the aggression of Alvarado. The strategy of Narh kept Alvarado from really unloading with shots until the opening round was almost at a close. The second round saw the same strategy by Narh of using his speed and length but Alvarado started to land his counter shots and find space to hit Narh with power that was clearly affecting "Sugar" Ray.
Heading into round three it appeared that the fight was even at a round a piece, but Narh fought the round much more aware of Alvarado's power and off his heels while Alvarado came forward throwing hard.
Between rounds Ray Narh quit on the stool after the ref asked him if he wanted to keep fighting or not. Narh and his camp answered with "no" and the fight was stopped.
Hard to fault Alvarado for landing hard punches in the 2nd and 3rd rounds but Narh entered 25-1 and quit on the stool after three rounds on a massive pay-per-view, not exactly something that will be easy to bounce back from in his career.
Update: Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports tweets:
Dr. William Berliner said Nahr has been vomiting and had diarrhea since yesterday and had no strength. That's why he quit.
Jose Benavidez Jr. (10-0, 9 KO) took on James Hope (6-7-1, 4 KO) on the Showtime Extreme Red Carpet coverage of the Manny Pacquiao vs. "Sugar" Shane Mosley undercard. In his live coverage of the event at Bad Left Hook, Scott Christ called Benavidez his number one prospect in boxing.
Benavidez came out looking to make it a quick night, throwing hard straight right hands, but Hope was ready to make it a fight and still managed to land a few right hands and jabs of his own to earn Benavidez's respect. In the second round Hope managed to bloody the nose of Benavidez but began to showboat and Benavidez started to open up with big shots to the head and body. As Benavidez turned it up he repeatedly hurt Hope and had him on the verge of going out. Round three saw more of the same as Hope was barely hanging on while Benavidez crushed him with power shots.
It became a rinse and repeat fight as Benavidez drove power shots into Hope and completely controlled the action until round 5 as Hope was taking big shots and not doing anything offensively and the referee was forced to jump in and stop the fight.
Follow all of our fight coverage in this Pacquiao vs. Mosley StoryStream, which includes updated news, odds, and live results the night of the fight. SB Nation's boxing blog Bad Left Hook also has extensiveManny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley coverage.
Pier Olivier Cote (15-0) took on Aris Ambriz (15-1-1) in the opening bout of the Showtime Extreme Red Carpet coverage of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley event. The bout was fought in the light welterweight division.
Both men landed heavy right hands in an exciting opening frame with Cote getting the better of the round as a whole. Cote's willingness and ability to go to the body to set up power punches to the head led to a very big second round where he was able to hurt Ambriz at multiple times. It became clear by the time the second round came to a close that Ambriz didn't have the defense to deal with the speed and power of Cote.
Ambriz got caught by a two punch combo in round three that sent him to the ground and the fight continued to get more and more out of reach, leading Tony Weeks to watching closely and looking ready to jump in at any point for the rest of the round. Cote wasn't able to finish the fight in round three but as Cote continued to land in the fourth it led to Weeks jumping in and calling a halt to the bout.
SB Nation MMA will bring you live results for the Showtime pay-per-view boxing event headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs. "Sugar" Shane Mosley for the WBO welterweight title. The broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET after two hours of coverage on Showtime Extreme. We will have live fight-by-fight results for the under card as well as round-by-round updates for the main event between Pacquiao and Mosley.
The under card features Jorge Arce vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the WBO Super Bantamweight Championship, Alfonso Lopez vs. Kelly Pavlik and Ray Nahr vs. Mike Alvaredo for the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Championship.
Also be sure to check out yesterday's Pacquiao vs. Mosley weigh-in results.
Follow Brent Brookhouse on Twitter tonight for more analysis: @BrentBrookhouse.
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