Koror, Palau – It was Sunday morning in Palau when a lot of Filipinos gathered in different places to watch their boxing hero Manny Pacquiao fight Sugar Shane Mosley for the welterweight title.

At the time, I was with my wife and in-laws at the Rock Island Cafe to watch the title bout. Personally, I expected to see a great boxing match.

However, by Pacquiao’s standards of exciting fights, it was a disappointment in terms of action.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael breaks it down.

Entering the fight, Shane Mosley was about an 8-1 underdog and fought like one, with the result a lopsided decision for Pacquiao, who retained his welterweight title for the second time in a clinic in front of a sold-out crowd of 16,412 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao, with most of the crowd behind him, darted in and out and landed an assortment of straight left hands and generally left Mosley with no idea where he was or how to reach him.

“He is fast. Manny is fast. He is faster than anyone I have ever fought,” Mosley said.

It was a disappointment in terms of action, but certainly not in the outcome for the congressman from the Philippines, who banked a minimum of $20 million — and likely much more once the pay-per-view sales are tallied.

Manny Pacquiao earned the right to retain his welterweight belt, if not the usual adulation from boxing fans.

Mosley has been troubled by fleet-footed fighters in the past, as well as opponents with good hand speed. Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) has excessive amounts of both, and gave Mosley angles and fired shots, while Mosley could do little but watch as he moved away.

Mosley is 39 now and has been a great three-division champion.

Those days are long gone.

Between the loss to Pacquiao and his wipeout decision defeat in May 2010 to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mosley has lost almost every one of the past 24 rounds he has boxed in the MGM Grand Garden Arena ring.

He also fought to a draw in a terrible fight with Sergio Mora in September. Clearly, his time has passed.

Pacquiao, however, remains solid at the top of the pound-for-pound list. He looked like he might make it an early night when he dropped Mosley for only the third time in his career — the other two times coming a decade ago in the same loss to the late Vernon Forrest — in the third round.

Pacquiao cracked Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) with a straight left hand behind a right jab and Mosley crumbled to the canvas.

“He just felt my power early,” Pacquiao said.

He sure did.

“I just fought the best fighter in the world. He has exceptional power, power that I have never been hit with before,” said Mosley, who complained of a blood blister in his right foot after the sixth round. “Manny Pacquiao has speed and power. He’s a warrior.”

Manny Pacquiao was a warrior indeed! This win makes me proud to be a Filipino, while I wished that Mosley should have put a better fight, I’m not disappointed with the outcome.

A knock-out win by Pacquiao could have been better, but this victory is sweet for the Philippines and for all the Filipinos around the globe.

Congratulations, Manny Pacquiao WE FILIPINOS ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!

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