Floyd Mayweather resisted a furious early onslaught by Shane Mosley to preserve his unbeaten professional record with an unanimous points victory in a welterweight bout In Las Vegas
A 1-4 favourite going into the bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather was stunned by a flurry of punishing blows from Mosley in the second round.
However, the 33-year-old immediately regained control and he dictated the rest of the fight, dominating 11 of the 12 rounds to gained one-sided verdicts from all three judges – 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110, and improve his career record to 41-0 with 25 knockouts.
“I did what the fans came here to see,” Mayweather said. “I went toe-to-toe. That’s not my style but I wanted to give them that kind of fight and I knew I could do it.”
Asked how he had recovered from Mosley’s early onslaught, Mayweather replied: “It’s a contact sport and you’re going to get hit. But when you get hit, you’ve got to suck it up and keep on fighting. And that’s what I did.”
Despite a confident start by Mayweather, Mosley responded in round two, landing several punishing blows with his right hand. Mayweather briefly buckled and was pinned against the ropes after Mosley switched his attack to a series of body jabs.
“I caught him with my big right hand and I tried to move around but he was too quick and I was too tight,” Mosley, 38, said. “After I landed the right hand, I thought I needed to knock him out but I needed to do it sooner than later. But I couldn’t adjust and he did.” read more