The anticipation of a big money fight still gets me going. It’s not like it used to be when Mike Tyson was in his prime, but I still love big fights. There haven’t been many in the last several years, but Saturday night in Las Vegas we will be treated to quite a show, if not a great fight. It will be a great show because “Money” Mayweather is boxing’s star attraction. Love him or hate him he deserves the praise. We all want a Mayweather vs Pacquiao dream fight, but until that fight happens Floyd will be viewed in my eyes as the pound for pound king. I say that with confidence because it’s hard to argue against a guy who’s 40-0 with 25 knockouts. People say he’s ducking Pac-Man, but when you’re undefeated, you can demand any type of drug testing you want. If Pacquiao is clean, why is he so reluctant to not agree to the Olympic style drug testing? It’s a fair question and one that we will undoubtedly hear about if the dream fight ever comes to fruition. I’d love to believe Pacquiao is clean, but in today’s sports world, you can’t blindly believe anyone. I’m also looking at you Albert Pujols (I don’t believe for a second he isn’t on HGH). For this fight tonight, Mayweather will add to his legacy. I love the underdog, but I can’t see Floyd being out boxed by the 38 year old Mosley. Mayweather’s superior hand speed with keep “Sugar” Shane off balance all night. He is simply the better boxer at this stage. He’ll dance around, make Mosley miss, frustrate him, and capitalize on Mosley’s misses with sharp jabs and quick hooks that will seal the deal.
Floyd showed little if any ring rust in his come back fight last September against Juan Manuel Marquez. His 22 month layoff/retirement only helped get his body fresh for a 2nd dominant tour in the ring. He is too fast, too smart, and too quick for Mosley to win this fight. It may not be competitive. Critics/haters of Mayweather hate his style of not wanting to mix it up and brawl, but when you’re the quickest man in the sport why fight a style that doesn’t suit your ability? The point of boxing isn’t to sit in there and get your head kicked in like Rocky Balboa did in the Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago fights. The point is to win. Herm Edwards would sum this up perfectly…..”You fight to win the match.” Thanks Herm. If nothing else, Herm at least gave us the “You play to win the games” quote.
Mayweather said on HBO’s 24/7 show that he fights for the check. He’s flashy, brash, borderline annoying, and pretty much unlikable. No, he’s not the greatest boxer of all-time. He’s not better than Muhammad Ali. I never saw Ali fight live, but having watched many of his fights, I can say that with conviction. I’d love to see him fight Ray Leonard or Marvin Hagler, but that’s the beauty of boxing…..We can only wonder. I wonder what Mr. Clarence, Morris, and Saul would have to say about this subject at My-T-Sharp in Queens. Don’t get Mr. Clarence going on Joe Louis though, and if you’re in there don’t even think of getting Saul going Rock Marciano………I know Saul, that was a great boxer. Where Mayweather stands in the annals of all-time great boxers is something that can be discussed on shows and in barber shops, but no matter what, he’s in the discussion.
Shane Mosley enters tonight’s fight as the prohibited underdog. He hasn’t fought since January of ’09 when he stopped Antonio Margarito in the 9th round to win the WBA title. Where a long layoff did wonders for the 33 year old Mayweather, how this long layoff affects a 38 will be told tonight. I can’t imagine it having the same positive effect. Mosley needs to get to Floyd and deliver qulaity shots. His opportunities will be limited so he needs to make the most of them. Can he sustain the energy that he will display in the first 3 rounds throughout the fight? As Gorilla Monsoon used to say “Highly unlikely”, so Mosley needs to make a dent in Mayweather’s ribs early and often. If he can do that and get the MGM Garden crowd even more behind him…….you never know. Hell if George Foreman could go the distance with Evander Holyfield at his peak maybe Mosley has one last primetime performance in him.
Prediction: As Floyd once said……..”There’s only onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnne Mayweather.” I’d love to witness a Balboa Creed II ending to this fight tonight just for excitement, but it won’t happen. What I do know is that this will be a lot more interesting than the Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey snooze fest. My fights against Mr. Sandman in Mike Tyson’s Punch-out were more entertaining than that debacle. I think Floyd will wear down Mosley and score a unanimous decision victory and set up the dream match with Pacquiao. It has to happen. Boxing desperately needs the super fight to happen, and as much as I’d like to see the old man come through Rocky style, it won’t happen. When Mayweather wins, I’ll be off to My-T-Sharp to argue on Mayweather’s behalf. Don’t let me down tonight Floyd. The fight slogan is Who R U Picking? I’m sure there are quite a few fight fans rooting for Mosley, but I’m going with my head on this one and taking “Money” May all day. I’m ready for this fight……..Are you?