Jamie Foxx even showed more than Shane Mosley

May 10, 2011 6:00 AM

Thank you Jamie Foxx for my 15 seconds of fame at the Pacquiao-Mosley snoozer. To literally run into the immensely popular entertainer on the way out of Grand Garden Arena was my highlight.

Foxx received a rousing ovation from the capacity crowd when he was introduced and sang a stirring version of "America the Beautiful." Ironically, it was the only beautiful moment in another pay-for-screw boxing event.

It wasn’t Manny’s fault. He did everything possible to give the fans a fight. It’s just that Shane Mosley decided to go into survivor mode after being knocked down in the third round. Chants of "Man-ny, Man-ny," turned to boos and finally "Knock him out! Knock him out!"

In the end, Pacquiao had an even more lopsided decision victory than in his last fight at Cowboys Stadium against Antonio Margarito. It wasn’t the only aspect of the fight that went wrong. A ruled knockdown of Pacquiao in the 10th round really was a throwdown and incorrectly called. It was rightly ignored in the scoring by all three judges.

Pacquiao claimed his leg began cramping in the fourth round and he couldn’t put forth his very best effort. Still he tried, which is more than could be said for Mosley. In fact, with all the touching of gloves before each round, it was more of a lovefest than a fight.

What’s next?

We come right back this Saturday with the next part in the Super Six World Boxing Classic televised live on Showtime from Carson, Calif.

Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will defend his WBA title against European superstar and former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) to kick off the semifinals (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Three weeks later, Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) will defend his WBC title against former world champion Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on June 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

The Ward-Abraham winner advances to the tournament final against the winner of the Froch-Johnson showdown. The tournament winner earns the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup and global recognition as the world’s best 168-pound fighter.

We need more of these tournaments to determine champions instead of this alphabet soup of associations saying their champion is the one that should be recognized. There will be a definite champ at the 168-pound division.

ShoBox at Primm

ShoBox: The New Generation (Showtime’s answer to HBO’s Boxing After Dark) gives us a glance at some potential stars this Friday at Primm.

The stacked card features three unbeaten fighters card led by 19-0 lightweight Sharif "The Lion" Bogere, 21-0-1 heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and 15-0 featherweight Gary Russell Jr. The action-packed "Night of Unbeaten Stars" featuring these three of ESPN.com’s top prospects to watch for 2011 will take place at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena.

In the main event, Las Vegas prospect Bogere takes on Hollywood’s "Sugar" Raymundo Beltran in a 10-round battle for the vacant NABO lightweight title. This card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. PT, the first bell rings at 6:30 p.m. PT, and the ShoBox broadcast begins at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT.

Freshman sensation

So just what is it like to win a $5 trifecta bet on the Derby?

"It’s unbelievable, I’ve never experienced anything like that in my entire life," exclaimed Erin Freshman, whose weekend trip to the Palazzo in Las Vegas was paid for in just over two minutes.

The 1-2-3 finish of Animal Kingdom, Nehro and Mucho Macho Man paid $1,976.20. Erin’s $5 ticket paid over $7,400 before taxes thanks in large part to AK’s $43.80 win price for a $2 bet at Churchill Downs.

"So they (IRS) take a few thousand, who cares," cried Freshman, a Louisville resident who probably still can’t believe she won. Especially since not many did.

"I thank my dad for this, he’s responsible for everything," she said. "I owe everything to him. He gave me the horses. I called him in Louisville and he told me what to bet. This is so incredibly great."

Erin and her group of friends were watching the race at Lagasse Stadium’s upper level with a family of four they just met who had University of Kentucky roots.

"I love everyone right now, even Lexington people," she said. "Louisville is still better."