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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

All about Mayweather vs Mosley – Who are you picking?

After an impressive win by Floyd Mayweather against Juan Manuel Marquez, we saw a very desperate Sugar Shane Mosley who went inside the ring to challenge Floyd to a boxing match. It was later put on the backburner because the boxing fans in general want a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

In the last quarter of 2009, Andre Berto who was undefeated, challenged Shane Mosley to a match at the welterweight division, which Mosley surprisingly agreed. It was scheduled to happen last Jan 31, 2010 and everything was already set until the Haiti earthquake happened. Many of Berto’s relatives were dead and several others were injured.

When Manny Pacquiao won against Miguel Cotto last November 14, 2009 at Las Vegas Nevada, he was challenged by the fans to fight against Floyd Mayweather to prove who the real number 1 pound for pound boxer in the world. Manny Pacquiao was open to fighting Floyd but would leave it to his promoter Bob Arum of Top Ranks to be on papers. Mayweather who had several interviews (before the March 13, 2010 date was set) was challenging Pacquiao telling him to step up the plate and fight him.

The Mayweather Father and Son tandem where accusing Manny Pacquiao of using steroids and performance enhancing drugs. Mayweather resulted in asking for Olympic Style Drug Testing to be done by the USADA randomly which was not required by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Manny Pacquiao who suggested to have a blood test a month before the fight and after the fight did not get what he wants. Pacquiao sued Floyd Mayweather of defamation and did not agree to Floyd’s conditions.

After the collapse of Mosley-Berto and Mayweather-Pacquiao, a Mayweather vs Mosley was developed by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Mayweather Promotions. The Mayweather vs Mosley was initially scheduled on March 13, 2010 in simultaneous with the Pacquiao vs Clottey fight. The former to be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the latter at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Only the Pacquiao vs Clottey fight happened because a lot of boxing fans were planning to boycott the Mayweather vs Mosley fight.

Richard Schaffer and Oscar dela Hoya decided to move the Mayweather vs Mosley fight on a later date which was then scheduled on May 1, 2010. Golden Boy promotions were expecting to make more than 3 million Pay per View buys and thousands of viewers at the MGM Grand.

Mayweather vs Mosley: Tale of the Tape

Floyd Mayweather has a perfect record of 40 wins with 0 losses. He has 25 wins by KO. He is 5’8” in height and has a reach of 72”. His last five fights were against Juan Manuel Marquez (UD-12), Ricky Hatton (TKO-10), Oscar dela Hoya (SD-12), Carlos Baldomir (UD-12) and Zab Judah (UD-12). All of his last 5 fights happened in Las Vegas, Nevada. His nicknames were “Pretty Boy Floyd” because nobody has scratched his face yet and “Money Mayweather” because he is a prize fighter due to his zero loss. He is an American who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Floyd Mayweather is already 33 years old and his fight stance is Orthodox.

Shane Mosley on the other hand is an inch taller than Floyd and has a reach advantage of 2”. His last 5 fights were against Antonio Margarito (TKO-9), Ricardo Mayorga (TKO-12), Miguel Cotto (Loss UD-12), Luiz Collazo (UD-12) and Fernando Vargas (TKO-6). Shane fought a total of 52 fights with 46 wins, 5 losses and 1 no contest. He is also an American who lives in Lynwood, California. His fighting stance is Orthodox and is now 38 years old. His nickname is “Sugar Shane” because of his sweet wins.

Preview on Mayweather vs Mosley

This coming May 1st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley will meet in the ring. The World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World Welterweight title is on the line for Mosley but not for Floyd. It is one of the biggest boxing matches in the first half of the year. This should serve as the integrity of both fighters in the welterweight division and will open a fight to Manny Pacquiao to be hailed the number 1 boxer in the world.

This fight of Mayweather and Mosley is a match between two of the top three boxers in the welterweight division. The other one is Manny Pacquiao who recently won against Joshua Clottey. Mayweather and Mosley are two of the top 10 boxers in the world. It’s a fight many thought should have happened years ago because Floyd Mayweather did not agree and picked opponents in the lighter division.

For Shane Mosley, it will be an all-out-war and nothing to lose from this bout. The Welterweight belt is for him if he wins this. The paycheck he gets will be one of his highest in his boxing history. He is enjoying a shot of proving to the world that he is the best fighter in the welterweight division.

For Floyd Mayweather, the money is still with him. A win on this fight will bring another opening to a fight against the number 1 boxer in the world, Manny Pacquiao. Floyd might be able to convince Pacquiao to take on the random drug testing to make sure both fighters are clean when they come up the ring but is very less possible. Pacquiao will surely stick to his conditions not to draw blood from his body 30 days before the fight and would allow them to extract blood after the fight. According to Bob Arum, if Mayweather wins this May 1st, he will try to convince both camps to settle the issue and develop the fight to happen later this year.

This fight is one of Floyd Mayweather’s toughest. This will tell everyone that he is not a cherry picker. Shane Mosley who recently won against Antonio Margarito in a very punishing 9th round will try his luck to get the “zero from the hero”.

Analysis on Mayweather vs Mosley

Shane Mosley has been out of the boxing scene for 15 months. Many say he is already a rusty fighter and at his age of 38, he can no longer take on a smart fighter in Floyd Mayweather. 15 months is the longest cease in Mosley’s whole boxing career and he is already showing signs of aging in his Margarito, Mayorga and Cotto bouts. He wasn’t the same when he fought Oscar dela Hoya. On the other point of view, Mosley’s body could be in Tip Top condition because of the long layoff. It could recover from severe damages from his previous fights. We all know a Sugar Shane Mosley will continue to exercise and condition himself even if he doesn’t have any scheduled fights. He has started training 3-4 months ahead of Floyd Mayweather because of his anticipated fight against Andre Berto which didn’t happened. The question is will Shane Mosley be coming out from a stunning training camp with his coach Naazim Richardson? Will his age and inactivity for more than a year in the boxing ring be a factor?

Floyd Mayweather who retired after the Ricky Hatton fight came back and fought Juan Manuel Marquez. Being a rusty boxer is not what he was showing to the boxing fans when he fought Marquez. The perfect set of ring skills in Floyd Mayweather could be a factor in the upcoming Mayweather vs Mosley fight. Floyd who has been out-boxing small-time fighters over the years will now prove to the world that he is the real boxing sensation. His only near-loss experience was with Oscar dela Hoya. Floyd’s fight against Zab Judah may be one of his toughest because of Judah’s speed and intelligence in the ring but wasn’t enough to win against Floyd.

Shane Mosley is not the same (or better) Shane Mosley we know when he was in the lightweight division fighting prime boxing superstars. He still possesses an exceptional hand-speed at his age and his accuracy is still at a high level. Mayweather who usually starts slow and tries to find out the fighting style of his enemy in the first 3-4 round will be the best time for Mosley to give his best shots. Mayweather has an exceptional defense and using his shoulder roll was very effective in the Hatton and Marquez bouts. This could be the same tactic that Floyd may use but will have a variety of styles when he fights Mosley.

If Floyd Mayweather’s plan of counter-punching and making the fight at his pace works, he will surely win this fight. Mosley’s hand-speed may prove ineffective if Floyd has device a tactic to counter it. Mosley is expected to start working with the body first then move to the head in the middle rounds. If Mayweather cannot get his rhythm inside the ring, it will surely end up a Mosley win.

Mosley will be more aggressive than ever and Floyd will respond to Mosley’s aggression and speed. Floyd may continue to run in circles and counter-punch and Mosley will try to get Floyd near the ropes. The fighter who can adjust fast to the strategies by the other fighter will possibly win the fight.

If Mosley can land a staggering punch on Floyd and continue to be aggressive without compromising much of his defense, this game will be his. If Floyd Mayweather continues to amaze the boxing fans of his smart ring skills with perfect defense and out-of-nowhere-heavy-punches, he will emerge victorious.

Predictions on Mayweather vs Mosley

A lot of boxing enthusiast and fans have been writing about Mayweather vs Mosley in the last months. They have been pairing the two in a lot of factors such as agility, defense, chin, body and a lot more. Mayweather is slightly favored because of his zero loss and fan base. Mosley is not as popular as Floyd but many still believes he is the better of the two.

In the first 3 rounds, it will be a Mosley showdown. Staggering and hammering Floyd will be his game. He will try to get an accurate heavy blast on Floyd’s body and head. He will continue to use his powerful left-hook to try taking down Floyd in the first few rounds. Floyd will continue to do his patented shoulder roll and defensive tactics to try to study the fighting style of Mosley and will try to counterpunch and get the better of the two. Floyd might be able to hurt Shane Mosley in the early rounds because of Mosley’s aggression and slightly poor defense.

The first four to five rounds will be Mosley’s game. On the sixth round Floyd will show some of the counters after knowing the game plan of Mosley. This will be crucial for Floyd because he needs to impress the audience and judges that he is better in the middle rounds. This will help Floyd get back in the scorecards. Floyd will be using his arsenal to beat Mosley and show him who is boss but the latter will surely not back-off.

Mosley will be slow in the middle rounds as Mayweather will try to control the pace of the game. The seventh to ninth round will be something boring. Mayweather will continue striking Mosley with his unexpected straight rights but will surely have a hard time doing his thing as Mosley will continue with his combos. Mosley will try to limit the space of Mayweather and bring him to the ropes and do his thing.

By the tenth round, this will be an even fight for both fighters. It will be a question of who has the bigger heart. Mosley will continue with his aggression and Mayweather will continue with his counter-punching and sudden attacks. If Mosley lands a big blow at Mayweather’s face, this could end in a TKO win for him. If Mayweather lands the perfect counter-punch similar to the Hatton fight, Mosley will kiss the canvass. This fight is expected to swing both ways. If Mosley will compromise a lot of his defense for his offense, Floyd will exploit it leaving Mosley vulnerable to a KO and if Mayweather doesn’t have an answer to Mosley’s hand skills, he will loss in the scoring.

I predict a Shane Mosley win over Floyd Mayweather. It will be a Unanimous Decision as the judges will be more impressed by Mosley’s aggression against Floyd’s defense and counter-punching. If Mosley wins this, I hope a Pacquiao vs Mosley fight will happen, but if this will happen, I am not for Mosley, I’ll be for Manny Pacquiao.

Where to watch Mayweather vs Mosley

On May 1st, you can watch Mayweather vs Mosley on this website, so be sure to BOOKMARK THIS WEBSITE (Press Ctrl+D) first to avoid the hassles. Download Sopcast, then we will provide you a channel or link to the FREE live streaming. Be sure to watch Mayweather vs Mosley so you won’t be left behind by your friends and colleagues when they talk about what happened on one of the boxing sensation in the first half of the year.

The Mayweather vs Mosley bout is also shown in more than 400 theaters in the United States. This is another way of giving boxing fans an option to watch the mega fight at a lower rate. This will enable friends and families avoid the hassles and squeeze in bars and restaurants at a price of almost $50 to see the fight on Pay per View. The cost of tickets is $20 which is a lot better than paying $50 just to see it on a small screen without a comfy seat. Theater tickets can be purchased at or at the theaters and malls. Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions continues to say that this Mayweather vs Mosley fight will have be the biggest PPV event in the whole history of boxing because of their marketing strategies and partnerships with other entities.