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Friday, May 6, 2011

Pacquiao, Mosley to fight weekend after Cinco de Mayo

Yesterday was a special day in the United States because it was Cinco de Mayo, a holiday celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla every May 5th of the year. The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza SeguĂ­n. Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th.

The weekend after Cinco de Mayo will be the explosive fight between Filipino Manny Pacquiao and American Sugar Shane Mosley. It will be at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Filipinos, Americans, Spanish and Mexicans will occupy the sold-out venue to see the Pacquiao vs Mosley fight.

Prior to the agreement between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley to fight, Arum brought three possible opponents to Pacquiao’s table. They were Americans Andre Berto and Shane Mosley and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. Enthusiasts and fans thought that the most sensible next opponent for Pacquiao was Juan Manuel Marquez because of their explosive first two fights. In 2003, the fight was scored a draw and in 2008, Pacquiao won by split decision which many thought Marquez won.

Pacquiao didn’t listen to the fans. Instead, he listened to Arum and Koncz’s advise to fight Shane Mosley because of his popularity by winning against Oscar de la Hoya twice and fighting against undefeated compatriot Floyd Mayweather Jr last year. So Manny decided to settle for a mismatch and just helped in hyping up the fight to minimize the 9-to-1 underdog status of Mosley. Now, the odd has become 5-to-1.

On May 7, the weekend after Cinco de Mayo, the Pacquiao vs Mosley fight will be settled in the Entertainment Capital of the World. This will be Pacquiao’s 7th time inside the MGM Grand Arena and holds a record of 4-1-1. His draw was scored by Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez and his loss was scored by Mexican Erik Morales.

If Pacquiao wins against Shane Mosley this weekend, will he fight a Mexican next?

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Mayweather vs Ortiz on September 17, 2011 and Pacquiao vs Marquez on November 12, 2011