By Lem Satterfield
LAS VEGAS -- Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao dropped his rival with a third-round left hand to the left ear, and easily coasted to his 14th straight victory by unanimous decision in defense of his his WBO welterweight belt against Shane Mosley before a crowd of 16,412 at the MGM Grand Hotel.
The 39-year-old Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) has not won a fight since his January, 2009, ninth-round knockout that dethroned Antonio Margarito as WBA welterweight champ, having lost a May 1, 2010 unanimous decision to six-time champion Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) at the MGM Grand, and, battled to September's draw with former junior middleweight belt-holder, Sergio Mora (22-1-2, six KOs).
The 32-year-old Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), meanwhile, failed to earn his ninth stoppage during a winning streak that dates back to a unanimous decision loss to Erik Morales in March of 2005.
Pacquiao won, 119-108, 120-108, and, 120-107, respectively, on the cards of Glenn Trowbridge, Dave Moretti, and Duane Ford. BoxingScene.com had it for Pacquiao, 118-109.
In an under card bout that was the third pay per view televised fight of the evening, there was a major upset by ex-titlist Jorge Arce, of Los Mochis, Mex., who rose from a fourth-round knock down to dethrone previously unbeaten, WBO super bantamweight champion, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, by 12th-round stoppage.
The 31-year-old Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) pinned the 26-year-old Vazquez (20-1-1, 17 KOs) on the ropes and nailed the helpless fighter repeatedly with a succession of blows that forced Vazquez's corner to signal the end by throwing a water bottle into the ring.
Former WBC and WBO middleweight champion, Kelly Pavlik won the night's second pay per view televised bout and his first fight in more than a year when the 28-year-old scored a majority decision over Alphonso Lopez in a super middleweight bout.
Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs), who was in the ring for the first time since being dethroned in April by southpaw Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) during a unanimous decision, won, 98-92, and, 99-91, respectively, on the cards of Dick Houck and C.J. Ross, while Adalaide Byrd had it a draw at 95-95.
Also, rising junior welterweight Mike Alvarado won the first night's televised bout of the pay per view, securing his fourth straight stoppage, his 22nd overall, and his 30th victory without a loss when New York resident Sugar Ray Narh of Accra, Ghana, retired on his stool before the start of the fourth round.
Alvarado earned the WBC's vacant Continental Americas super lightweight belt, dropping Narh to 25-2, with 21 knockouts.
In the first round of the main event, Pacquiao, wearing yellow gloves, and Mosley, black and white, touched them to start the fight. . Mosley moved forward behind his jab, Pacuquiao twice jabbed with his right hand and landed one of two attempted right hands to the head.
Mosley landed a nice right to the head, but Pacquiao came with a left to the body. Mosley landed another right between Pacquiao's guard over a jab to perhaps steal the round.
In the second, Pacquiao stepped up the pressure early against Mosley, each fighter trying to win a battle of jabs.
Mosley drove a right to the body and and another to the head. Pacquiao moved in and landed intermittently, stumbling a bit as a result of Pacquiao's bell-beating right hand.
Mosley circled to start the third round as Pacquiao bobbed and weaved and moved forward behind his right jab, landed his hard lefts, and began to dig to the body. Pacquiao dropped Mosley with a left hand down themiddle, and Mosley rose on unsteady legs.
Pacaquiao patiently moved in behind his jab to start the fourth, but took a hard right hand and a left to the body from Mosley that woke him up. Pacquiao then drilled his rival with a left that forced a brief clinch and dug to the head and body.
Mosley tried to settle down behind a jab of his own, but Pacquiao began to smell blood, move forward and gradually fire and land to the head with either hand to end the fourth.
The fifth was more of the same -- Pacquiao moving in behind a highly-held guard. A hard left to the head got Mosley's attention, as did another to the stomach.
A left-right-left backed up Mosley, who, nevertheless, came back with a right to the head and then to the body.
Pacquiao doubled-upon the jab and nailed Mosley with a followup left, continuing bore in and dominate.
Over the sixth and seventh rounds, Pacquiao continued to move in against the slowly-swelling Mosley, who appeared to be tiring with his mouth agape. Mosley landed a nice right and then a left with about 10 seconds left in the sixth, but Pacquiao, otherwise, dominated both rounds, even as the crowd booed as the champion appeared to be letting up on the challenger.
Pacquiao tried to engage Mosley in the eighth, hammering away early with lefts and rights. Mosley answered with a right that Pacquiao took well. Mosley also landed a left hook late in the round as well as a right, but otherwise, had little to offer.
Mosley had some success in the ninth round, landing a couple of hard rights and at least one hard left that got Pacquiao's attention. But the rest of the action belonged to Pacquiao, punctuated by a head-swiveling left hand as he closed yet another strong round.
Pacquiao shook Mosley with a left to start the 10, but, inexplicably, touched gloves with the wounded challenger moments later. Mosley scored what was ruled a knock down by referee Kenny Bayless, but replays showed that Mosley had shoved him to the canvas with both hands.
An enraged Pacquiao rose and blugeoned Mosley with both hands that forced him to retreat, at least making it an evern round.
Mosley had nowhere to hide in the 11th, as Pacquiao continued his attack and Mosley, to retreat. The crowd began chanting "Knock Him Out," and Pacquiao tried his best to do so. There was a right, a left and another left to the body. There was a right hand to the head, but the bell sounded just as Pacquiao began to warm up.
Chants of "Manny, Manny," filled the areana to start the 12th, where Mosley switched to survival mode by clinching and holding. But Pacquiao created some distance to land a hard right and a straight left hand that caught Mosley, as did a right hook.
For Vazquez, who was looking for his fifth straight knockout in his third defense, the end came, officially, at 55 seconds of the round, as referee Joe Cortez stepped in to protect him.
Arce led on the card of judge Robert Hoyle, 107-102, with Garry Merritt and Burt Clements having it even at 104 points each.
A former WBC junior flyweight and WBA super flyweight titlist, Arce scored a big win in the Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry against Vazquez Jr., who is the son of the former world champion by the same name.
Vazquez was on his toes to start the first round, but Arce twice bulled the younger man into the ropes and successfully fired away at his midsection.
Vazquez stood his ground more and even reversed Arce to the ropes to start the second, but Arce did the same, landing a hard right to the temple that got the crowd's -- and Vaquez's -- attention.
Vazquez blasted home a right and a left that Arce took well before yet again walking down Vazquez and firing away with both hands to the head and body to take round two.
Arce continued to move forward and dictate a furious pace in the third round, digging with both hands to the body and rising to the head head as Vazquez continued to fire his jab and move.
On two, separate occasions, the fighters stood traded while standing toe-to-toe, sequences that only ended when Vazquez rose and danced away. Arce's aggression appeared to give him his third straight round.
Vazquez stiffend his jab to start the fourth, twice coming over the top with nice right hands. Vazquez's piston-like jab was followed by a hard right, but Arce weathered the storm and began to land to the head and body, yet again.
Vazquez went down, but referee Joe Cortez ruled that he had slipped. At the bell, however, Vazquez scored a legitimate knock down of his own, dropping Arce on the seat of his pants with a left hook. Arce was given a standing eight count by Cortez.
Arce's aggression returned to start the fifth, but Vazquez boxed more effectivley and took control behind his jab.
The round included Vazquez's twice stunning Arce with left hooks, even as Arce continued to tuck his chin and bull his way in.
Arce's blows appeared to be losing steam in the sixth, where Vazquez began to settle into a rhythm and to move in behind his jab, left hook and right hand. Vazquez closed a dominant round with three jabs and a left hook.
In the seventh, Vazquez centered his blows down the middle against the wide-punching Arce, backing him up and cornering him at one point to deliver a succession of vollies that were puncutated by a hard, straight right hand.
After weathering an attack by Arce, Vazquez closed the seventh with about 10 unanswered punches, sitting down on his lefts, rights and uppercuts with both hands. In the eighth round, Arce continued to miss wildly although landing occasionally as Vazquez settled into a countering mode to take it.
After taking a left hook early in the ninth, Arce continued to roughhouse, cuffing Vazquez and pushing him to the canvas for another ruled slip. When he arose, Vazquez was in command, yet again, moving in behind his jab and firing away at the retreating Arce.
After drilling Arce with a left uppercut that had him holding early in the 10th, Vazquez went down for the third ruled slip. Back on his feet, Vaquez, yet again, dictated the pace from behind his jab to pocket yet another round.
Arce gamely bore and smothered Vazquez early in the 11th, although his punches did not initially appear to be as potent as they were earlier in the fight.
But a nice up-jab by Arce drove Vazquez to the ropes, where he succeeded in driving his head backward with a right, left, right combination. An apparently fading Vazquez could not escape, and had to endure similar punishment for the remainder of the 11th round.
In early January, Pavlik was released following a two-month stay at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for treatment for a problem with alcohol.
A 28-year-old resident of Cut And Shoot, Texas, Lopez was coming off of November's 12th round knockout of Romaro Johnson but dropped to 21-1, with 16 KOs in defeat.
Pavlik began the first round by landing a hard left jab, but Lopez came back with a stinging right and danced away.
Pavlik pursued and fired a hard right followed by a jab that forced Lopez to clinch.
A looping left hook by Pavlik was countered by a one-two from Lopez, but for the rest of the round, Pavlik had his jab working well and was driving home his right hand over the top.
The fighters clinched for much of the second round, during which they were broken up by referee Russel Mora. Lopez stung Pavlik with an overhand right early, but Pavlik came back with a right of his own that had Lopez on the move again.
A jab and a hard right drove Lopez's head backward, but over the final 15 seconds, Lopez drove home rights and lefts that appeared to befuddle Pavlik and earn Lopez the second round.
Pavlik trapped Lopez on the ropes and deliver a three-punch volley to the body early in the third round. Pavlik's hard right forced Lopez to clinch and hold. A Pavlik uppercut had Lopez on the move, but the ex-champion, nevertheless, fired and landed a hard right over the top.
Pavlik continued to fire and land left jabs and rights, the latter to the head and body, but Lopez stood his ground and was answering back near the end of the third.
Lopez began the fourth with a four-punch combination to Pavlik's head. Pavlik drove back Lopez's head with a jab that forced Lopez to clinch. Lopez fought through Pavlik's jab, clinched, and tried to answer back.
But Pavlik remained the busier figher, landing three consecutive left hooks, followed by a series of lefts and rights that won him the fourth despite Lopez's attempts to hold.
In the fifth, Pavlik continued to move in behind his jab and land, and Lopez, to clinch, firing an occasional retaliartory left hook. In succession, Pavlik connected with a left hook, a right uppercut, and a left uppercut as Lopez clinch. Lopez appeared to sting Pavlik with a right hand as the bell ended the fifth.
In the sixth, Pavlik continued to jab and move in on Lopez, landing a nice right hand about 40 seconds in. A hard right hand snapped back Lopez's head, but Lopez hung on, preventing Pavlik from following up. Pavlik trapped Lopez on the ropes near his own corner and closed the sixth with about four body shots.
Lopez attempted to mount an offense to start the seventh, but appeared to lack steam. A hard right from Pavlik halted his forward movement, allowing Pavlik to go back to his jab and over hand right.
Mora allowed Lopez some recovery time after Pavlik landed a left hand below the belt. When action resumed, Pavlik delivered a left hand followed by two more rights to regain momentum and to pocket another round.
A befuddled Lopez tried to attack the body, hitting and holding early in the eighth. Pavlik's relative inactivity allowed Lopez to win the early portion of the round, but Pavlik's double-fisted power nearly reversed the momentum.
Lopez, however, was busier over the final stages of the eighth and did enough to win it.
Over the ninth and 10th, Lopez was quicker and busier than the apparently fading Pavlik, beating him to the punch and either dancing away or smothering Pavlik's punches before he could get off. When Pavlik did connect, Lopez demonstrated that he had the chin to withstand it.
In the ninth, Lopez peppered Pavlik early, and connected with a nice right that got Pavlik's attention. Lopez absorabed a hard right hand along the ropes, but was buiser over the final minute of the round, firing and landing with both hands against an apparently fading Pavlik.
Pavlik regained enough energy in the 10th to staggering Lopez with two hard right hands, followed by a left and another right that further wobbled the previously unbeaten fighter. Lopez, nevertheless, gamely lasted the distance.
In the first televised fight of the evening, the 30-year-old Alvarado's result was officially scored a technical knockout victory.
A winner of 15 straights, including 12 by knockout, coming in, Narh was on his toes for most of the first and second rounds, even as Alvarado pressured and dug left hands to the body before coming over the top with right hands to the head.
During a clinch early in the third round, Alvarado hammered Narh with four right hands to the body, a tactic that effectively slowed down his opponent for further punishment over the course of the round. A hard jab by Alvarado was followed by a right hand that missed, but, if it had landed, spelled trouble for Narh.
In his corner, referee Robert Byrd determined that Narh could not continue and waved an end to the bout.