Floyd Mayweather has remained unbeaten, defeating "Sugar" Shane Mosley by unanimous decision in a showdown of veteran US welterweight boxers. Mayweather improved to 41-0, winning on judges' scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110, while Mosley fell to 46-6. Mosley, a Maori tribal tatoo adorning his left shoulder, landed a hard right cross early in the second round that staggered Mayweather and followed with several more punches that threatened to end the fight early.
But Mayweather weathered the storm and slowly began to use his speed and skill to seize command. By the sixth round, he was landing hard rights and getting inside to work on 38-year-old Mosley time after time. Mayweather, 33, connected on more power shots late in the seventh round and started verbal taunts as well as hard punches in the eighth and kept dominating all the way to the final bell in the 12th round.
Mayweather had been looking to fight unbeaten Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao but talked unravelled and Pacquiao instead fought Ghana's Joshua Clottey on March 13, beating him by unanimous decision in Dallas. Mosley had not fought since a ninth-round stoppage of Antonio Margarito in January of last year. Mayweather declined to fight for Mosley's World Boxing Association welterweight title because he did not wish to surrender three per cent of the purse total to the sanctioning body.