Mosley-Mayweather Jr: Is Nazim Richardson Enough Of an X Factor?

Tyler CurtisAnalyst IApril 30, 2010

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 30: Boxer Shane Mosley steps on the scale to weigh 147 pounds during the weigh-in for his bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and Mosley will meet in a 12-round welterweight bout on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Nazim Richardson was part of the two biggest upsets in the last five to 10 years.

On Saturday, he hopes to be part of another huge upset.

It is fully possible that Shane Mosley will beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This is the first time since Oscar De La Hoya that I feel Mayweather could lose.

I feel that Mosley’s chances are much higher than De La Hoya’s were. If Mosley is going to upset Mayweather than Richardson is going to play a big part.

My big question is this: Is Richardson enough of an X factor to help Mosley win?

Mosley, in my eyes, makes too many technical mistakes to win a bout with Mayweather.

He attacks and sometimes gets frustrated and will move away from his game plan. This is also a fight he has wanted for a very long time and he may just go in the ring and go all out when he should hold back.

Richardson is the X factor here.

He has a calming voice in the ring and will make sure Mosley sticks to the game plan. He has a ton of experience and will be ready for almost anything that happens.

If Mosley listens to Richardson and fights inside himself and his game plan he will have a much higher chance of winning. If he does that remains to be seen.

If Mosley gets off to a slow start and falls behind there is a good chance he could fight outside of himself. If he does that his chances are severely diminished.

Also if something would happen that Mosley wasn’t ready for, Richardson would be a reassuring voice in the corner. Although Mosley probably wouldn’t get ruffled it could happen.

Mosley has seen almost everything and will be ready for almost everything.

If his confidence does falter, Richardson will be there to reassure him.

Richardson and Mosley are a team of experience and have seen it all.

If they have a game plan ready for Mayweather, Richardson will make sure Mosley sticks to it.

Richardson isn’t afraid to back down and get into a veteran fighters face. He has been there and done that. Having Richardson in his corner helps Mosley out drastically.

I think that Richardson ups the chances for an upset by about 35 or 40 percent.

If Mosley listens to, and executes their game plan, he could throw a wrench into Mayweather’s career.