The Mayweather/Mosley Fight Broken Down by Defense/Age

Stephen PriceContributor IMay 1, 2010

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 30:  (L-R) Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley pose after the weigh-in for their bout 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 Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The Hype is right about the importance of the fight. With the on-going question of "Who's the best? Mayweather or Pacquaio?" A win here is a must for Mayweather if boxing fans are ever going to reach the much-anticipated climactic apex between Mayweather and Pacquaio, which would do wonders for the sport of boxing. But don't let it fool you into thinking this is going to be an exciting match. Find yourself a comfy chair for this one.
Shane Mosley, age 38, DOB Sept 7, 1971.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., age 33, DOB Feb. 24, 1977.
Does Mayweather have good defense? Yes.
In fact, Mayweather fights are pretty boring because this is a guy who wins on strategy and points unless he's fighting someone under-class, like Ricky Hatton or De La Hoya (post-prime). In those cases, you MIGHT see Mayweather dish out a beating, but if Mayweather is fighting anyone good, he's going to throw up the ear muffs. It's actually a good strategy against Mosley who's career is reaching the checkered flag. Mosley hasn't fought since Jan 24, 2009, and though it sounds impressive on paper that he beat Antonio Marguerito, Marguerito was coming off some controversey surrounding weight in his gloves. Further back in Nov 2007, Mosely lost to Miguel Cotto. Well Miguel Cotto lost to Antonio Marguerito before Marguerito fought Mosley and it was this fight that brought the cheating allegations to the surface for Marguerito. So many people think Marguerito's win against Cotto was with weighted gloves and his loss to Mosley was without them. The point being, I am of the opinion that Mosley hasn't been tested in awhile. And don't think for a second that Mayweather's corner doesn't plan out every single fight knowing they are going to win. This isn't an article about Pacman and Mayweather, but I believe if Mayweather knew he would have won that fight, he wouldn't have made allegations about Pacquaio, which ultimately resulted in the fight being cancelled. A little more on Mayweather's defense:
Can you compare Clottey and Mayweather defensively? Yes, you can.
Can you compare Mosley and Pacquiao offensively? With some caveats - Pac's hands are quicker and he can go longer. Strength-wise I think you can give Mosley an edge.
The conclusion I draw from this is since Pac and Clottey went to a decision, you can confidently argue Mayweather and Mosley will.
So add up the age and defense and here's what I got for Mayweather's strategy:
Mayweather holds Mosley off long enough for his age to catch up with him. Mayweather then starts to score points to ultimately land a win by decision in an important but boring fight.
If Mosley's going to win, he's going to have to break that strategy, and I don't see it happening.
Stephen Price