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On This Day: Floyd Mayweather proves he can take a punch

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Floyd Mayweather survived scare to dominate Shane Mosley in 2010

FLOYD MAYWEATHER overcame a rocky start to win a lopsided decision over 38-year-old Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on this day in 2010. The unbeaten Mayweather endured the rockiest moments of his career in the second round when a huge right hand from Mosley buckled his knees a minute in to the session. He was forced to grab and spoil to weather the storm.

“It’s a contact sport, and you’re going to get hit,” Mayweather said. “But when you get hit, you suck it up and keep on fighting. That’s what I did. I’m happy we finally had a chance to fight. This is a fight the fans have been looking forward to for a long time, and they deserve it.”

Shane landed a similar punch again later in the round, but couldn’t build on the success as Mayweather regained control to outbox his veteran opponent for the rest of the fight. Two judges scored it 119-109 for Mayweather, while the third had it 118-110. All officials had him winning everything past the second round.

“I caught him with my big right hand and I tried to move around but by that time he was too quick and I was too tight,” Mosley said. “After the right hand I thought I needed to knock him out and I needed to do it sooner than later. But I couldn’t adjust and he did.”

The man they call “Money” lived up to his moniker with a guaranteed $22.5 million plus a percentage of the pay-per-view revenue, and Mosley was guaranteed $7 million. Mayweather earned around $40 million after the pay-per-view totals were calculated.

All photos: Action Images/Reuters/Steve Marcus

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