So another Pacquiao fight just happened on Saturday, May 7, 2011. About time I write something about it. So the Monday before the fight, I went to Niketown San Francisco to check out the new Pacquiao threads. I bought the Nike Gr8ness shirt and the unique yellow Pac-Man shirt . They were $28 a pop but if you didn’t know me I like to collect these things and buy them before a Manny fight. Of course I decked out my spot to make it the Pac-Lair it is known to be . Grabbed some groceries to whip up some food at the Daly City Safeway as well at Manila Oriental Market. My dish would be the Ginataang Manok (Coconut Chicken) spicy of course. Uncle Bien provided the hard stuff
Both came out banging. Ray Narh fought on only 3 weeks notice. He’s known to be avoided by the better competition. Alvarado the more well known name was reaching a bit and was being countered by Narh. Once Alvarado started connecting Narh said something wasn’t right and quit on his stool not answering the 4th round. The action was good leading up to that.
I kinda skimmed through this fight even though Pavlik is a known name. I was still watching my gata cook, hehe. Kelly’s on the comeback trail. He lost his title to Martinez and had to go to alcohol rehab. So the fight wasn’t easy for him and he got the Majority Decision win. Another note, Pavlik got $270,000 for the fight which was the 3rd highest on the payroll behind Mosley and Pacquiao.
This was actually the best fight on the card. Jorge Arce is at the ripe age of 31. I remember him losing to Vic Darchiniyan and he won a minor title in Mexico against a tomato can. So my feeling was we got a big name on the tail end of his career going against the exciting prospect in Vazquez Jr. Vazquez Jr. was winning the fight even though Arce was throwing and landing his own punches. Then in the final round with Vazquez ahead, Arce strung up a bunch of punches on Vazquez against the ropes. Vazquez had no answer and just stayed against the ropes. I started calling for a stoppage. Then Vazquez’s corner threw in the towel, before that a water bottle to call it off. My friend Steve thought it was the bad move but Vazquz Jr. did nothing to protect himself even though he was ahead on the scorecards. We both agreed that it didn’t help that Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. was the trainer and father of Jr. and saw his own blood in hot trouble.
Bell sounds and the fight is underway. Sugar Shane a little cautious and Manny was the effective aggressor and easily gets both rounds 10-9 in his favor. Then in the 3rd, Manny sneaks in a straight left and drops Mosley in a nanosecond. Manny called it a lucky punch but either way that was a 10-8 round for him in the 3rd. Knockdown Video The 4th round started and Shane was backpedaling more on his bicycle. Throwing much less. Pacquiao’s punch output was also far less than in his previous fights. Then in the 10th round Mosley inadvertently stepped on Pacquiao’s toe as Manny was throwing a punch. Mosley pushed Pacquiao off and Manny dropped to the canvas.Referee Kenny Bayless who’s the best boxing referee in the world proceeded to give Manny the mandatory count for a knockdown. This enraged the fans, the peeps at the Pac-Lair as well as Manny Pacquiao. He came out firing the rest of the round as well as the 11th and 12th. Manny was going for the knockout but didn’t get it. He chased Shane Mosley most of the fight. During the final rounds the crowd was chanting, “Knock him out, knock him out.” During the middle part of the fight there were boos. Most had to be towards Mosley for not engaging most of the fight as he was there to just survive. The final decision was Unanimous and Manny retained his WBO Welterweight title. In the end Shane congratulated Manny and said his power and speed were legit. He still has never been knocked out in his professional career. He also said Floyd wouldn’t be able to handle Manny’s punches. Manny was disappointed that Shane didn’t bring his half of the fight. Manny also complained about leg cramps and said he lacked some explosion. Al Bernstein also mentioned Manny not moving laterally which would have meant he would be an easy target. Shane didn’t take advantage of this or knew Manny was baiting him for a big punch.
Local and international celebrities were among the 16,412 spectators who watched the fight of Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley on Sunday (Manila time) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Among the local celebrities who flew to Las Vegas to witness the big fight were Senator Bong Revilla and wife Congresswoman Lani Mercado, Vicky Belo, Hayden Kho, Atom Henares, Quark Henares, Raymund Gutierrez, former Manila mayor Lito Atienza and Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson.
Even socialite Paris Hilton was seen at the fight and even tweeted about it: Wow! Such an honor to be brought on stage by Manny & his wife Jinkee after the fight. Can’t wait to visit them when I go to the Phillippines.