Pacquaio vs Mosley: The Fight Night Verdict

In the final sim we conducted with ESPN last week, we matched-up Manny Pacquiao against his May 7th opponent, Shane Mosley, in what's sure to be the fight of the year for Pacquiao's WBO Welterweight Championship.  Both fighters love a good fight and don't expect to see either running from an opportunity to exchange punches in the middle of the ring.

Leading up to the fight, Showtime released a few behind the scenes looks at the two boxers as they readied themselves for the fight to be held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.  Check out the first 3 episodes below and look out for the 4th episode airing Friday night on Showtime and repeating on CBS this Saturday prior to the fight.

Fight Camp 360 - Pacquiao vs Mosley


As we did with the previous 3 Pacquiao sims, check out the official EA SPORTS simulation of the Pacquiao-Mosley fight along with a brief analysis from EA SPORTS’ Alain Quinto and Aaron Boulding.

Shane Mosley

Welterweight | 46-6-1 (39 KOs)

At his physical peak, Mosley – considered in some circles to be the world's top fighter only a few years ago – possessed a combination of power and speed that few fighters at any weight could match. He dismantled both Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas twice, and even in his losses to Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright, Mosley gave as good as he got. A good counterpuncher with a dangerous right hand, he fights with a style that could be troublesome for Pacquiao. But at age 39, does a step-slower Mosley have even a puncher's chance against Manny?

Quinto:  A few years ago we had a community event up here in Canada for Fight Night Round 4 and Shane Mosley was an invited guest to the studio to talk about his involvement in the game. I was very impressed with how well spoken he was and with the positive attitude he had about his career.  During a conversation he was having with some of the other community members it had come up that I was a big fan of fellow countryman Manny Pacquiao which immediately became a question of whether or not he would stand a chance against the reigning pound-for-pound champ.  He told me that he’d fight him anytime, anywhere. Knowing his career stats to that point, I was just as confident that he would give Pac-Man a great fight and had a good chance at defeating the Fighting Pride of the Phillipines. 

But that was three years ago.  Since then, Mosley has gone further past his prime and though he’s shown a few flashes of his glory years of the late 90’s, he’s not as fast as he once was. Although he still packs a mean one-punch looping right hook along with the heart of a lion, he doesn’t stand much of a chance against a boxer that just keeps getting better with every fight he’s had since he was a teenager. 

Manny Pacquiao is a much better fighter.  He’s faster than Mosley, he has the lasting power to go well into the late rounds of fights, and he has the backing of millions of followers whether they be countrymen who love him religiously or boxing fans who know a great fighter when they see one.  As the simulation predicts, Shane Mosley will get knocked out for the first time in his career and though I was only slightly confident that Pacman could do so a few years back, this week it’s without a doubt that I believe this fight will not go past nine rounds. 


I’ve run this fight a few times myself in Fight Night Champion and not to be condescending but there are very few paths to victory for Shane Mosley. Manny Pacquiao has a lot of room for error in this fight because he can take a devastating punch, learn from it and quickly recalculate to erase any mistakes. We saw that on display in Dallas against Antonio Margarito. I’ve always felt that Pacquiao’s greatest attribute is his boxing toolkit that allows him to go get whatever he needs –defense, footwork, a jab—to address a problem that an opponent presents. And this is where Mosley is between a rock and an anvil.

At this point, Mosley’s right hook is like a utility bill --it brings power and you know it’s coming. He would need to catch Pacquiao with a flurry or three, put enough power in them and then hope Pacquiao is having an off day where punches actually hurt him. Meanwhile Mosley has to have a gameplan to withstand the punishment that he knows is going to be coming from Pacquiao. More than one fighter of this generation has tried to limit the shots they take from Pacquiao by slipping, retreating and covering up once he starts firing and it’s never worked. Margarito tried staying still and standing his ground against Pacquiao onslaughts and that turned ugly, literally.