The Welterweight Divison in Boxing Needs a Tournament

Jarred PowellCorrespondent IMay 16, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 05:  Boxer/promoter Shane Mosley attends the weigh-in for the Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 5, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. De La Hoya fights Pacquiao December 6th.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

I awoke this morning and went to the gym with my wife like I always do. I was doing another morning ritual while I warming up on the treadmill; watching ESPN, and who is getting interviewed? To my surprise, Sugar Shane Mosley.

Mosley was politely calling out pound for pound champion Manny Pacquaio. This seems bold when you think about it. That is until you think about his previous fight with Antonio Margarito. 

A fight where he was suppose to lose big because he was 40 and fighting a machine in Margarito. The result, a TKO upset for Mosley and recognition as the top welterweight in the world.

Now enter Manny Pacquaio. He moved up in weight from featherweight and has dominated David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, and Ricky Hatton in two different weight classes might I add.

Also add to that fact Juan Manuel Marquez who has two fights with Pacquaio that many believe that he won. He also moved up in weight to chase Pacquaio.

The mixed feature of this whole scenario is the coming out of retirement of Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather. The former pound for pound champ who retired undefeated.

This all has the makings of a good tournament in the welterweight division. Most of these scenarios are being played out.

1. Mayweather vs Marquez-This should be good test for both fighters. Can Marquez keep up with a bigger, stronger, quicker and faster version of Manny Pacquaio. Will Floyd come out hungry to get his title back or will he be like Mike Tyson in the second part of his career?


2. Miguel Cotto vs Joshua Clottey -People forget that Clottey was beating a pre suspended Antonio Margarito before he injured his right hand. Margarito couldn't hurt him and Clottey was winning the fight on all the cards. This could be bad potentially for Cotto. Clottey is hungry and has a legitimate chance to pull the upset.

For Cotto, this is his was back to the top. With all the distractions he's having with his camp and his uncle, I believe Cotto will win because his will is strong and he will push through this fight and win.

With those scenarios playing out, I can see Pacquaio and Mosley having a great fight. They both love to attack and are busy fighters. Mosely is a naturally bigger puncher. Mosley has never lost to anyone smaller than him either. Pacquaio is quicker and throws combinations at blinding speed. I'm calling Pacquaio the winner of this one.

This sets up the super showdown with Mayweather and Pacquaio. Mosley could fight the winner of the Clottey/Cotto fight which would be another huge payday for someone. The ultimate winner in this would be the fans.

In the words of Bernard Hopkins, "Boxing is back and Golden Boy Promotions puts on the best shows."