Sugar Shane Mosley will be a tough test for Floyd “Money” Mayweather when the two great welterweights exchange leathers on May 2, in Las Vegas.
I decline to make bold prediction as whom will emerge victorious but one thing is for sure, this fight will exposed both fighters’ weaknesses and skills which will benefit by no less than their future opponent Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
But analyzing the style of both fighters with their previous fights, I foresee Mosley’s advantage who could salvage favorable decision against Mayweather come fight night. Mosley is known to be an aggressive fighter who loves to attack and counter with speed and power. Mosley has good combinations and good defense. The only arsenal that questions Mosley’s display is his stamina. At his age of 38, it’s a legitimate concern whether he can withstand the durability and an expected long route fight should a knockout will not come against a boxer (Mayweather) who simply prefer to hit and run.
Mayweather is a tactical fighter and has speed with an excellent footwork and defensive shield. The problem with Mayweather is he keeps on administering his footwork like dancing inside the ring which makes the fight boring instead of engaging heavily with his opponent. Of course it’s his style. If Mosley could connect combinations and penetrate Mayweather’s defense early on the fight then he has a good chance to win. On Mayweather’s case, good defense can’t win a fight.
Mosley knocked out Margarito who is considered as one of the durable fighters in the welterweight division. Many did not expect that to happen.
But to win this fight, Mosley should also be in excellent shape when he enters the ring with Mayweather. Money May has a superb stamina every time he climbs up the ring as evidence with his previous fights where he usually ended up winning by decisions.
No doubt, Mayweather is a skilled boxer with an exceptional hand speed but against a fighter like Mosley you can never tell. Despite of Mosley’s epoch, you can still see the hungriness that this fighter has, a redemption which will capitulate him as one of the best boxers in the history of boxing. That makes him more dangerous.
Meanwhile Pacquiao who is currently very busy with his election campaign in his hometown In Sarangani Province, Philippines , is expected to take time from his hectic schedule to sit down with boxing commentators of Solar Sports in analyzing the Mosley-Mayweather fight. Let’s see what will be Pacquiao’s view on this fight and his statement against the winner of this bout who earlier Top Rank honcho Bob Arum is arranging for a mega fight with the Pound for Pound King.