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Roach says Mosley didn’t fight to win, fighter blames Pac’s power

Steve Cofield
Boxing

Shane Mosley's no rookie. The former lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight champ was involved in the 21st title fight of his career on Saturday against Manny Pacquiao, but even with 53 fights under his belt, "Sugar" Shane was shocked by what he felt in the third round.

Mosley said Pacman's punch was as hard as any shot he's ever felt as a pro. That was just the third time Mosley was on the deck.

Keep in mind, Mosley has been in there with several guys who walked into the ring around 170 pounds on the night of their respective fight including Ricardo Mayorga, Antonio Margarito, Fernando Vargas, Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright. It was 149-pound Pacquiao who hit him the hardest.

Mosley said it threw him off the rest of the way. If he'd opened up, Mosley felt like he was walking into a trap. Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said he was disappointed in Mosley's approach and thinks it's time Sugar Shane walks away.

"I don't think he tried to win the fight. I think he just tried to survive," Roach said during the postfight press conference. "When you get to that point in boxing, it's time to call it a day."

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