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It's On!: Sources Say Floyd Mayweather Jr. To Face Shane Mosley on May 1

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 24:   Shane Mosley lands a punch on Antonio Margarito en route to his TKO in the ninth round after Margarito's corner threw in the towel during their WBA welterweight title fight on January 24, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Joe OneillCorrespondent IIJanuary 18, 2010

Well, I've got to give credit to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Sources say he's stepped up to agree to fight Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1. 

Although not officially confirmed, the word is that the deal just needs to be signed. 

Mosley stepped in the ring and called out Mayweather Jr. in his recent fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. 

Mayweather Jr. maintains that Mosley has been ducking him for years and he repeatedly called him out in 1999 when he was fighting at 130 lbs and Mosley was at 135 lbs. Mosley moved up to 147 lbs and eventually beat Oscar De La Hoya. 

To say the least, this match has the requisite acrimony. I really don't think either fighter likes the other. 

This fight should quiet some of the critics who have accused Floyd of cherry-picking smaller fighters. Of course, the fact that Mosley is 39 years old won't keep all of the boo birds quiet. 

However, Mosley should be a difficult opponent for Floyd. He's bigger and stronger than most opponents Floyd has faced. He's also extremely experienced and has been in major fights for the past 10 years. 

The details are fuzzy on whether Mayweather will face another opponent prior to facing Mosley. It's highly doubtful Floyd would face anyone prior to such a big fight.

My prediction? 

I think Floyd will win in a decision. He looked very good against Juan Manuel Marquez. At this point in his career, the only way to beat Floyd Mayweather is to pressure him constantly and counter his counter attacks. 

Or, to simply overpower him. 

I'm not sure Mosley has the stamina to pressure him for 12 rounds. I don't know if he has the strength to truly overpower him. 

That said, he looked great against Antonio Margarito. 

Another wild card will be the trainer for Mosley. I've got to wonder if he looks up Freddie Roach? Roach seemed to have a very good strategy against Floyd when he trained De La Hoya. 

I'm glad Floyd chose a worthy opponent and isn't fighting the same day as Manny Pacquiao (as some had suggested). 

That would have been disappointing to all. 

Stay tuned for the official announcement of this fight. 

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