Mayweather vs. Mosley: The Pressure's On

Christopher FalvelloCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2010

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Floyd Mayweather Jr., with his advisor Leonard Ellerbe behind him, celebrates his unanimous-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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In the upcoming may Pay-Per-View event between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley, the pressure on each fighter to perform is definitely high.  For Mayweather, he is in with someone all his critics must concede is a legitimate threat, and for the aging Shane Mosley it is perhaps his last chance to showcase himself on a major stage.  

More importantly, in the wake of Pacquiao's less than thrilling outing against Clottey, it is important for both fighters that their bout be exciting.  

If "Money" Floyd turns in another dull boxing exhibition, he'll face the same old criticism that he always has despite taking on a legitimate threat and Shane will simply look old and used up.  But if Shane can find a way to get to Mayweather and force the "Pretty Boy" to throw some punches, there is a real chance both men's stock will rise.  

It is also important for the sport of boxing that they turn in a good fight.  In the last two years or so, we have seen the rise of Mayweather and Pacquiao from being known only to the boxing faithful to crossover superstars and their fights automatically draw the public's attention.  

Pacquiao-Clottey may have done 700,000 buys, but about 695,000 of the buyers wanted a little more action.  Since Mayweather is fighting the first real threat to his "0" in a long time, we can expect Mayweather-Mosley to do about a million Pay-Per-View Buys which officially makes it a "big event".  Their bout is also complete with its own 24/7 promotional reality show.  

Point being is that all eyes are going to be on Mayweather and how he performs is going to be just as important as if he wins.  As for "Sugar" Shane, he is facing a considerable challenge in which the deck is stacked against him, and he knows it.  My expectation is that Shane will fight harder than he ever has before, but I just don't know if it will be enough.

At the surface, this fight has all the makings of a memorable bout, but there are lingering questions as to whether or not it will be.  For Mayweather's continued popularity and Mosley's future in the upper echelon of the sport, I hope it is.