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Mosley Vs. Mora Proves Boxing Has Some Work To Do

Submitted by on September 20, 2010 – 11:35 am6 Comments

When Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora signed on the dotted line to meet in the squared circle for a September clash, some who love boxing simply rolled their eyes. When announced it would be on pay-per-view, many let out a deep sigh. After Saturday’s clash where Mosley and Mora were fighting for nothing to gain and more to lose, critics in boxing were able to point at this particular groan-inducing bout, which ended in a highly questionable split draw, as one of the reasons why boxing has been backsliding over the past few years.

Nevermind the fact that Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao’s epic clash may never come together, especially when you consider everything Mayweather has put himself through. Even a fight between the two cannot save the sport. Don’t even factor in the UFC because mixed martial arts and boxing are as different as baseball and basketball. You can still love both.

The problem with Mosley and Mora is an all encompassing issue plaguing boxing today. For starters, Mosley Vs. Mora was a fight nobody particularly clamored for. With Mosley getting wiped out by Mayweather and Mora still searching for a way to break through as a mainstream star with a relatively boring style, there wasn’t much there for either fighter except a check. It wasn’t like a Mosley win would have thrust him back into title contention. Mora’s name wasn’t big enough. Mora may have had more to gain by beating the 39-year-old Mosley but, then again, he’s beating up a person many deem as an “old man.”

After HBO turned down the fight, the only place Golden Boy Promotions had to go was to PPV. Quite h0nestly, no boxing fan could be pleased with having to cough up $45 for a fight that serves no purpose in the boxing world’s big scheme of things. On HBO, casual boxing fans would have tuned in. PPV? Not so much. By placing the fight on pay-per-view, Golden Boy Promotions did itself a disservice by allowing a solid undercard with spectacular knockouts go unnoticed. Rising stars Victor Ortiz and Saul Alvarez could have put boxing fans on notice with their devastating finishes. But because fight fans couldn’t see it for free, a golden opportunity was missed to build upon the next big crossover star.

The main event itself was an all-out snore. Many in the boxing community knew Mora and Mosley was a style clash that would produce zero fireworks. Mora is a tall boxer who plays it safe and Mosley is just too small and a hair too slow to turn the fight into a slugfest. The result was a wrestling match with the occasional punch, often booed by the crowd of 13,591 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Even worse? After 12 rounds of Sudafed ended, it appeared that Mosley would walk away with the decision victory. Apparently the judges were all watching different fights or were so bored they just scribbled whatever they thought the result should be. One judge scored it 116-112 in favor of Mosley. Another judge scored it 115-113 for Mora. The third judge saw it 114-114. The split draw left boxing fans and the boxers themselves dissatisfied.

So not only did we get a fight that nobody particularly cared about from the beginning on a PPV card that nobody wanted to pay for, we also got a lousy ending. Boxing cannot continue to have this happen. There’s a reason many say boxing is a dying sport. It can only fix itself if everyone involved—fighters, promoters, sanctioning bodies, networks, etc.—puts their massive egos to the side for the betterment of the sport.

Until then, we’re stuck with fights like this, stinking up the sport.

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