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Pacquiao punishes Mosley
Arce upsets WV2; Pavlik, Alvarado win

Ringside by Andreas Hale & Francisco Salazar
Photos by Chris Cozzone

They said it was a joke when Shane Mosley was selected to face Manny Pacquiao back in December. After a one sided 12 round drubbing, they were right.

Manny Pacquiao retained his WBO welterweight title with a dull 12 round decision over a reluctant Shane Mosley in front of a terribly upset 16,000+ at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Despite all of Mosley's pre-fight words of making this a "war," it was anything but.
After a feeling out process in the first two rounds, Pacquiao scored a knockdown in the third off a straight left. Mosley was dazed by the punch and remained in the retreat for the remainder of the round. Rather than be a warrior willing to engage, Mosley tucked his tail between his legs and did his best to keep his title of never being knocked out.

The crowd showered the arena with boos as Pacquiao tried to hunt his prey. Unfortunately for the fans, leg cramps slowed the Filipino down and kept his advances from being as ruthless as many have come to know. Pacquiao, especially in the later rounds, attempted to initiate exchanges by scoring with shorts hooks and straight lefts. Mosley continued to be in full retreat, causing fans to boo loudly throughout the middle rounds while chanting "Knock him out" in the championship rounds.

A little welcomed drama came in the 10th when Mosley was incorrectly awarded a knockdown off a trip. The bad call angered Pacquiao, who hurt Shane with several straight lefts to end the stanza. The pattern repeated in the final two rounds to close out an anticlimactic and disappointing evening.

The final scorecards read 120-107, 120-108 and 119-108 all for Manny Pacquiao, who improves to 54-3-2, 38 KOs. Shane Mosley falls to 46-7-1-1, 39 KOs.

With the victory, the pattern of lackluster opponents must stop. Everyone wants one fight and it must happen.

Hopefully Mayweather was watching. - AH

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Arce steals show

In the main supporting bout leading up to the Pacquiao-Mosley showdown, Jorge Arce stopped previously-unbeaten Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. in the 12th and final round. With the victory, Arce wins a world title belt at 122 pounds.

A majority of the boxing media did not give Arce much of a chance against Vazquez. Most thought that Arce was past his prime and fighting a much-stronger fighter in Vazquez would very dangerous for the charismatic and popular Mexican fighter.

Vazquez had defended his title twice, the last being an 11th round stoppage victory over former world title holder Ivan Hernandez in October. Arce was victorious in his last fight in December, a first round stoppage victory over Adolfo Ramos. Prior to the Vazquez fight, Arce was unbeaten in five bouts since his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Simphiwe Nongqayi in September of 2009.

Arce came out the aggressor at the beginning of the fight, countering effectively with right hands to the head of Vazquez in the opening rounds. He was able to follow those punches up with an occasional left hook to the head.

Most of the action was in close quarters, which suited Arce’s style. However, an accidental clash of heads in the third round produced a cut over Arce’s left eye. Instead of it being a factor, Arce’s cut man did a good job of stopping the flow of blood out of the cut.

As Arce was winning the fourth round, Vazquez scored a knockdown right before the bell sounded to end the round. As both fighters traded hard shots to the head, Vazquez dropped Arce with a left hook to the head. Arce was not visibly hurt, standing up and holding his gloves out to referee Joe Cortez.

Vazquez was able to utilize his speed by beating Arce to the punch in the middle rounds. Vazquez was able to land left hooks to the head as Arce began to slow down. Arce was able to hang in there by landing accurate punches, especially when both fought on the inside.

Although Vazquez was the busier fighter in the eighth and ninth rounds, Arce continued to land the more accurate punches of the two. In the 10th round, the pace of the fight slowed down as well as Vazquez would throw fewer punches.

Arce came on in the 11th round, as Vazquez hardly threw a punch. Arce was at his best when he had Vazquez pinned against the ropes in the round. He was able to stun Vazquez with a right hand, but was not able to follow up.

In the 12th, Arce stunned Vazquez multiple times with hard right hands to the head. Sensing the end, Arce came on aggressively, pinning Vazquez against the ropes and throwing vicious punches. Vazquez was absorbing too much punishment, prompting his father-trainer, Wilfredo Vazquez, Sr., to throw a bottle into the ring to get the attention of referee Joe Cortez. Once Cortez saw the corner on the canvas, he waved the fight over at 55 seconds. With a 122-pound world title belt, Arce has won world titles in three different weight classes.

Entering the final round, two judges had the fight scored 104-104, while the third judge had the fight scored 107-102 in favor of Arce. Fightnews.com had the fight scored 105-103 in favor of Vazquez.

Arce, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México, improves to 57-6-2, 44 KO’s. Vázquez, from Miami, FL, falls to 20-1-1, 17 KO’s. - FS

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Pavlik sluggish in return

In his return to the ring after a stint in rehab and losses to Bernard Hopkins in Sergio Martinez, Kelly Pavlik earned a hard fought majority decision over previously undefeated Alfonso Lopez.

Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs), a notoriously slow starter, found himself behind early as Lopez pressed forward early and often while landing several combinations. But Pavlik would make up for his inactivity by landing the heavier punches and taking the middle rounds on the judges’ scorecards. But it wasn’t easy, not by any stretch of the imagination. The ring rust was visible early on as Lopez pounced on Pavlik and tried to rattle the Youngstown, OH fighter with combinations. Unfortunately for Lopez (21-1), he was lacking in the power department. Pavlik walked through Lopez’ combinations and landed the bigger shots, which looked great to the judges despite his limited output. In the end, one scorecard came up even at 95-95, but was off set by scores of 98-92 and 99-91. - AH

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Alvarado stops reluctant Narh

Super lightweight Mike Alvarado remained unbeaten with a stoppage victory after the third round as Ray Narh remained on his stool. With the victory, Alvarado wins a regional title belt.

The stronger Alvarado was the more aggressive fighter of the two during the short-lived fight. Narh attempted to counter with left hooks, but would miss badly.

Although Alvarado landed the more effective punches of the two, he would telegraph his punches, as Narh would duck under a hook or a cross. Alvarado had his way in the fight, especially in the third when Narh’s punch output dropped considerably.

After the third round, Narh remained on his stool, complaining of what was later found to be pains in his stomach. When Narh did not come out for the fourth round, referee Robert Byrd waved the fight over.

Alvarado, from Denver, CO, goes to 30-0, 22 KO’s. Narh, from Queens, NY by way of Accra, Ghana, drops to 25-2, 21 KO’s. - FS

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UNDERCARD

Mayol wins majority decision

Former junior flyweight world title holder Rodel Mayol won a 10 round majority decision victory over Javier Gallo.

Mayol was fighting a significant bout for the first time at 112 pounds, since losing his light flyweight title to Omar Nino in June of last year. Gallo was coming off an impressive eight round split decision victory over Jose Luis Araiza in his last fight in March.

Mayol controlled the opening rounds by consistently beating Gallo to the punch. Gallo was at his best on the inside in the third round, but Mayol continued to land right hands to the head. At times, Gallo would smother himself on the inside, not landing anything effective.

In the fifth, Mayol was able to stun Gallo with a left hook to the head, followed by hard right hands to the head. Although Mayol was able to back Gallo up in a corner, the Mexican fighter was able to weather the barrage of punches.

Gallo was much more effective in the second half of the fight. He was able to score to the head of Mayol with repeated right hands to the head. Mayol controlled the eighth and ninth rounds, but slowed down considerably in the 10th. Gallo was able to capitalize, landing hard right hands to the head.

One judge scored the bout 95-95 even, while the other two judges scored the bout 98-92 in favor of Mayol. Fightnews.com scored the bout 97-93 in favor of Mayol.

Mayol, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Mandaue City, the Philippines, improves to 28-5-2, 21 KO’s. Gallo, from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, falls to 17-4-1, 9 KO’s. - FS

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Benavidez destroys Hope

Highly touted prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. (11-0, 10 KOs) continued his rise with a shellacking of James Hope (6-8-1) which led to a 5th round TKO stoppage in super lightweight action. The eleven time amateur national champion pounded on Hope from the opening bell and really poured it on in the third round. Referee Vic Draculich had seen enough in the fifth round and rescued Hope from further damage. Time of stoppage was 1:43. - AH

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Cote stops Ambriz

Pier Oliver Cote stopped Aris Ambriz in the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout.

Cote was in control from the beginning of the fight, landing repeated right hands to the head of Ambriz. He was able to back Ambriz up in a corner with a series of right hands to the head in the second round.

The Canadian Cote scored a knockdown in the third round by landing a left-right combination to the head. Ambriz got up, but looked as though he was in survival mode.

In the fourth, Cote landed two hard right hands to the head of Ambriz. Referee Tony Weeks saw enough and stepped in to stop the fight at 46 seconds.

Cote, from Charlesburg, Canada, improves to 16-0, 11 KO’s. Ambriz, from Azusa, CA, drops to 15-2-1, 8 KO’s. - FS

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Kardos outworks Arrellin

In the evening’s opener, the Nazim Richardson trained Karl Dargan (9-0) outworked Randy Arrellin (8-5_ over six rounds to earn a relatively one sided unanimous decision victory. Dargan’s precision punching was simply too much for his fellow lightweight as he cruised to scores of 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55 - AH

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