There was an interesting piece this weekend on Michael Rosenthal's Ring Magazine blog. According to Rosenthal, AOL Fanhouse reported that Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is likely to fight Shane Mosley on May 1, presumably if Mosley beats Andre Berto on Jan. 30.
What is interesting about Rosenthal's reporting is that Ring Magazine is owned by Golden Boy Promotions, so they were obviously not squelching this report from AOL Fanhouse. They were in fact pushing it in their own publication.
I want to start off by saying I don't think this is necessarily a bad fight. In fact, it could be a very good one.
Shane Mosley always comes to fight, and he is the kind of legitimate welterweight we've all been begging Mayweather to fight in the past. Certainly it would be one of the bigger fights of 2010 if it actually happened.
On the other hand, it isn't a given that Sugar Shane will beat Berto, a tough young fighter with obvious skills.
But if the Mayweather clan and Golden Boy make this fight, there can be no doubt at all that they don't care about the steroids issue and that they indeed scotched the fight that both hardcore and casual fight fans wanted to see.
The now-scrapped Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
Rosenthal goes on to say, "Some experts believe Mosley would give Mayweather a better fight than Pacquiao would’ve. And negotiations shouldn’t be overly difficult: The fighters are both handled by Golden Boy Promotions. Let’s hope it happens."
Interesting that GBP-owned Ring notes that Mayweather and Mosley are handled by Golden Boy while pushing the fight. Well, isn't that special.
Let fight fans be damned. We'll do what we want. Not what you want.
The hypocrisy of using bogus claims of possible steroids use by a fighter who has always tested clean based on rumors started by the Mayweather clan in the first place, and then turning around and making a fight with a fighter who is an admitted steroids and HGH user is simply unbelievable.
And an affront to boxing fans everywhere.
It is also simply stunning that Golden Boy would push this fight after Oscar De La Hoya's scurrilous blog in Ring Magazine back in December.
This is the equivalent of the New York Yankees starting drug rumors about Phillies players right before the World Series and demanding new rules for the Phillies before agreeing to play the World Series. The same Yankees who feature two admitted steroids users.
Fight fans everywhere should boycott any fight between Mayweather and Mosley, because this kind of behavior is outrageous and must be rejected.
I have no problem with Mosley. I've always liked him as a fighter and as a person.
But the actions of Golden Boy and Mayweather (whose management team represents Berto, by the way) shows they don't care at all about boxing fans or the sport of boxing.
UPDATE: Andre Berto just pulled out of his fight with Shane Mosley because of the earthquake in Haiti. Wow, that's a new one. I can't concentrate because of something that happened somewhere else.
Anyway, it looks like there is now a clear path to Golden Boy doing an all GBP fight now between steroids user Shane Mosley and Money May.
Wonder if this was planned all along.