By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) punished survival-minded former champ Sugar Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night before a huge crowd of 16,412 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tactical early rounds by Pacquiao standards, but Pacman decked Mosley in round three with a straight left hand to the head. Pacquiao stalked Mosley who then went defensive much of the time. Manny wasn’t at his sharpest, but he piled up round after round with his aggressiveness. Referee Kenny Bayless mistakenly credited Mosley with a knockdown in round ten after he threw Pacman to the deck, which served to wake up Manny more than anything. The eleventh round was all Pacquiao as he went for the KO and he went on to easily win unanimously. Scores were 119-108, 120-108, 120-107.