After a slow start, Floyd Mayweather pounded on Sugar Shane Mosley to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight bout Saturday night.
Two of the judges at ringside scored it 119-109, while the other gauged it at 118-110.
With the decisive victory, Pretty Boy not only improved his record to 41-0, but kept alive the prospects for a megafight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio. The pair was near a deal for a March 13 bout, but the contest was scuttled over drug testing and later devolved into acrimony.
Instead, Pacquiao fought Joshua Clottey that night and drew 800,000 PPV buys while defeating the former welterweight champion.
Now that Mayweather, who was hurt by Mosley in the second round, has taken care of business, the boxing industry and pay-per-view providers are hoping that an accord can be reached for what would truly be a megafight. However, Mayweather said after the fight that he would not contest Pacquiao unless full drug testing was in place.
Buy rates for Mayweather-Mosley won't be tallied for several days at least.
There was some other good news for the PPV industry on Saturday. As expected, Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz now are slated to engage in a rematch on July 31.
Marquez lost to Mayweather on Sept. 19 in a fight that drew 1 million PPV buys.