Knockdown was a
mistake, admits Bayless
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
LAS VEGAS, Nevada --
It was the way he saw it but Kenny Bayless admitted he made a mistake
when he credited Sugar Shane Mosley with a knockdown in the 10th round
during the WBO welterweight fight May 7 at the MGM Grand.
"It was a call I
missed," Bayless, 61, told this writer several minutes after Manny Pacquiao was declared winner by unanimous decision in 12 rounds.
"I already whispered
it to Pacquiao."
Bayless was booed when
he rendered a mandatory 8-count in the 10th round after Pacquiao fell
while Mosley was on attack. A replay showed Pacquiao fell from a push.
The referee hesitated
for a few seconds before giving the mandatory count that would have
given Mosley the round for an automatic 10-8 had it not been for
refusal of the judges to count it as knockdown.
Pacquiao was a little
bit embarrassed after that controversial call and decided to step up
the gas in an effort to knock out Mosley who kept Pacquiao at bay with
repeated embrace and back-pedalling.
"Pacquiao was fast and
very unpredictable," observed Mosley, 39, who impaired to 46 wins,
seven losses, one draw with 39 stoppages.
Despite the setback,
Mosley said he would not quit and would continue his boxing career. He
was haunted by age issue from start to finish and became an 8-1
The American four-time
world champion in three weight divisions though was "satisfied" that
he finished the fight despite brickbats about his age.
Pacquiao claimed "I
did my best" (to stop Mosley) and admitted he could not hit Mosley in
later rounds because of his defense and refusal to mix up.
Bob Arum said he might
tap Juan Manuel Marquez to be Pacquiao's next opponent to complete the
trilogy in November this year.
Dionisia, the boxer's
mother who stayed in the
reiterated her appeal for her 32-year-old son, an elected congressman,
to quit boxing.
She first goaded
Pacquiao to end his boxing career after Pacquiao flattened Ricky
Hatton in two rounds also in Las Vegas in 2009.
The son ignored