“You always say 'I'll quit when I start to slide,' and then one morning you wake up and realize you've done slid.” - Sugar Ray Robinson
It seems as though Shane Mosley is the front runner to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 7. We can safely assume Mosley is doing back flips right now. We can also safely assume that he will not be feeling as perky on May 8.
This would have been an incredibly exciting fight a couple of years ago. In 2011? Not so much.
If watching Mosley attempt to hit Mayweather and repeatedly come up with nothing but air earlier this year didn't tell us anything, his performance against Sergio Mora certainly did.
Mayweather is so brilliant, you could excuse Shane's performance against him. Floyd did what he does best: he figured out his opponent and adjusted accordingly.
What was so troubling, especially as a lifelong fan, was watching him chase Mora around hopelessly for 12 rounds without being able to touch him effectively. If Mora had done anything at all to try to actually win the fight, he would have.
It was almost as if Mora sensed that Mosley didn't have it, and couldn't bring himself to try to smack around the old legend. Mosley should have gotten the win, simply because he was the only one actually doing anything at all, but he was awful.
Now, word is spreading that he is the front runner for the fight with Pacquiao. I don't know anyone who is excited about this fight.
Forget Mayweather, because that fight isn't happening, at least for awhile.
Juan Manuel Marquez is the man Pacquiao should be fighting next. No matter who you thought won their first two fights, there is unfinished business between these two.
Mosley might be asking for less money. He knows he doesn't have much time left for big fights. What he apparently doesn't know is that he has lost a step, maybe more.
He also doesn't deserve the fight at all after looking terrible in his last two fights, just like Margarito did nothing to deserve his shot.
What will Pacquiao gain if he pummels Mosley? Nothing other than a huge payday, which he would get regardless of who he fought.
If he were to fight Marquez and beat him convincingly, then the only question mark left on his nearly flawless resume would be effectively wiped out.
The risk, especially if the fight is at a catch-weight of around 140, would of course be much greater. Maybe that is the problem.
For Mosley, it's one last moment in the sun for him. Maybe he can dig down and give us one more epic performance. For what it's worth, if he can somehow manage to find his old form just for one more night, the fight could be a shootout.
Or maybe Manny's people will hear the demand of the fans and sign to fight Marquez. It would be a shame if on May 8th, we're talking about another fighter who stuck around for one fight too many.