They say that good things come to those who wait.
Well, if you're "Sugar" Shane Mosley, that saying certainly holds true today.
The 38-year-old Pomona, Calif., native has finally gotten his man, "Pretty Boy Floyd."
Emerging from the hidden galleys of Golden Boy Promotions on Friday, Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, presented us with a main dish 10 years in the making.
Shane Mosley vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Speaking to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Ellerbe let on that "all of the deal points have been agreed to, we still have to put pen to paper, but everything is agreed to. It's with the lawyers. Shane is a great fighter, one of the best of his era, and so is Floyd. It's going to be a great fight. It's a fight fans have wanted to see for a long time."
Make no doubt about it, Ellerbe is right.
This is an entree that has boxing aficionados from around the world licking their chops with anticipation. And if "Sugar" has anything to do with it, we can expect it to be real sweet...
Like a knockout punch right on the kisser.
Having a record of 46-5 with 39 knockouts, Mosley is by all accounts Mayweather's first legitimate foe who has a chance of winning since Jose Luis Castillo in 2002. And with the speed, agility, and power that Mosley displayed against Antonio Margarito in his last fight, he damn well just might knock Mayweather out.
If he does pull off the Herculean feat, it will be the first crack in Mayweather's highly-polished and well-protected eggshell. That zero at the end of his 40-0 record will finally become a one.
Not to be forgotten amidst the announcement of, "The Moxie of Mosley vs. The Mouth of Mayweather," as this fight should be called, the victor will also put themselves in prime position to cash in on the biggest payday of their respective careers.
A potential showdown with seven-time world champion and pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao.
Scheduled to fight Joshua Clottey on Mar. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., Pacquiao has proven over the last two years that he is the cash cow of boxing. And if Mosley or Mayweather ever do step into the ring against the iconic Filipino, it will assuredly be the biggest fight in the sport's storied history.
So, with two great fights already on the docket for 2010 and the possibility for boxing's biggest fight waiting in the wings, is it out of the question to ask; "are the boxing gods finally starting to smile back upon us?"
Well, who's to say...honestly?
But at least there's one important thing that we do know now for sure.
We've finally gotten Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of that dress he's been wearing to pirouette like a ballerina around ABC's Dancing With the Stars' stage, and into the ring with a real opponent.
I'd say that's a pretty darn good thing in and of itself.
HELP FOR HAITI—The Jan. 30 welterweight title unification fight between Shane Mosley and Andre Berto, a Haitian-American, was called off because of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. But merchandise from the fight is still being sold, with net proceeds going to Haitian relief. Items are available at Mandalay Bay's The Fight Museum store in Las Vegas, and online at goldenboystore.com.
HELP FOR HAITI—The Jan. 30 welterweight title unification fight between Shane Mosley and Andre Berto, a Haitian-American, was called off because of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.
But merchandise from the fight is still being sold, with net proceeds going to Haitian relief. Items are available at Mandalay Bay's The Fight Museum store in Las Vegas, and online at goldenboystore.com.
Photo above: "Sugar" Shane Mosley