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It's On: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Officially Signs To Fight Shane Mosley

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 16:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears during the final news conference for his bout against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino September 16, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Brian O. BlakeCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2010

After having the contract for five days, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has officially signed to fight "Sugar" Shane Mosley on May 1 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Both Mayweather and Mosley received copies of the contract last week with Mosley immediately putting pen to paper to make this fight happen.

Things took just a bit longer for Team Mayweather. 

Some of those close to the situation were puzzled by the delay from Mayweather and weren't sure if he was either getting cold feet or was trying to play mind games with Mosley.

All of that is irrelevant now as both fighters have inked the documents and have agreed to all of the included terms, whether it is financially or drug testing related.

Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) will be challenging Mosley for his WBA World Welterweight Championship.

Mosley has not seen any action in the ring since his big win over Antonio Margarito in January 2009, while Mayweather recently came out of retirement to dominate Juan Manuel Marquez back in September.

As was widely reported, Floyd's potential mega fight with pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao imploded when both parties failed to reach an agreement on the terms of drug testing.

The aftermath left Manny Pacquiao to take on fellow Top Rank Promotions stablemate Joshua Clottey on March 13 in Dallas.

After many initial rumored opponents were mentioned for Mayweather, including Paulie Malignaggi and Matthew Hatton, Mayweather took the biggest fight available after the Pacquiao debacle.

If Pacquiao and Mayweather win their respective bouts, it shouldn't come as a surprise if the two meet in the ring in September.

But with both Mayweather and Pacquiao in with such solid competition, that could be prove to be a pretty big "if".

Undercard bouts will be announced shortly.

Questions and comments can be sent to brianoblake@yahoo.com

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