I think it started when boos rained somewhere on the 9th round, something that has never been heard off in a Pacquiao fight.
As Pacquiao and Shane Mosley tapped gloves, made small talk and generally engaged in a glorified sparring session, the crowd, once rowdy, once standing, once into it, simply booed.
When it ended, Pacquiao (53-3-2), the winner by unanimous decision, hung his head in victory. He did not look happy. Neither did the crowd.
@notchrisrock tweeted “This Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight boring as Hell. Fight! WTF??? Only knocking out happening is by the viewers from watching this snoozefest.” and got a lot of retweets. It looked like Mosely was just doing defense and that did not please the fans. How can that be thrilling to watch? No action?
@venzie says “All three judges scored the fight for Manny Pacquiao. It was a unanimous boredom. ” @oscardelahoya added “Well people there you go my respects to manny good efforts.and just want to say ” I told u so””. He predicted Mosley would run away. @hotkinuchi thinks that “If Mosley didn’t push Pacquiao, it would have been a very boring fight.”
What made it boring?
I think the moves have become too predictable. Pacquiao should choose challenging opponents next time. Are there any opponents left? The fans will surely think this is all just a business proposition, making money out of fight. Manny Pacquiao should just concentrate on his legislative duties while an opponent is nowhere in sight.
Despite the boring fight, the president still managed to call on Manny Pacquiao as a “hero” made meaningful with his decision to wear yellow gloves to emphasize efforts to fight poverty. A day before, the president told Pacquiao that he “should consider retiring from boxing for his own good. He said he already mentioned this to the Filipino boxing champion.”
It remains to be seen if Pacquiao continues to fight in the ring or fight poverty in the House of Representatives.
(Here are some tweets on the Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight)
Source of photo: New York Times