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Shane Mosley (right) never made much of an attempt to go after Manny Pacquiao, especially after being knocked down in the third round. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill)


It’s time for Mayweather or somebody else to step up and give “Pac Man” a good fight.

By Muhammad Mubarak

Saturday nights performance by "Sugar" Shane Mosley was not the very best that he could've shown us.  He should have and could have done better than that.  It was tough to figure out what was going on in his head throughout the fight.

Many ringside analysts were asking themselves the same questions.

Why was Mosley not throwing punches when he had the opportunity?

Why didn’t Mosley use his jab more often?

How about that powerful right hand that Mosley could have used?

Was Mosley that hurt in the third round when Manny Pacquiao dropped him with a stinging right hand?

A lot of observers thought that at 39 years old and with a World title on the line, Mosley would want to go out with both guns blazing. With a victory he would have conquered the world.

Even though most observers did not give Mosley a chance at winning, this was his opportunity to show the world that he was going out like a champ. But it didn’t happen.
At the post-fight press conference Mosley was asked these questioned about what happened during the fight.

“You can't blame age,” Mosley said.  “Manny is an exceptional fighter. He has speed and power that I have never felt before."

When asked what happened in the third round, Mosley replied, "He surprised me with that power with that knockdown. That's the most legitimate knockdown on me in a long time".

If this is all true then surely it is time for Mosley to sit down, count all those millions that he’s made in his career, and maybe do some good for his family and his community.

Maybe now it's time for Floyd Mayweather to finally step to the plate and challenge "Pac-man".

Or how about Timothy Bradley? Or even Zab Judah or Andre Berto. Even Victor Ortiz would be an excellent opponent for Pacquiao.

Somebody needs to step forward and have the courage and fortitude to get in the ring and not be afraid to fight this man.

Now that Pacquiao has become a Congressman, there is talk that he may even take a run for President of the Philippines. If that happens, you can be sure that he won't be in the ring fighting again.    

As for Mosley, he has been considered to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and rightfully so.  He has accomplished so much in the sport that his legacy will be left in tact.

As for what happened Saturday night, even though the fight was televised in over 120 countries, we'll try and forget about that. 

 

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