Manny Pacquiao will fight and beat Shane Mosley on the 7th of May 2011.
Mosley is old. He has slowed down and the whole world knows it. The absolute animal that pounded Antonio Margarito in 2008 was not a phoenix reborn, but a dying Lion issuing forth one last mighty roar. Sugar Shane Mosley has long since left the building. The man that out-pointed the Golden Boy and destroyed Ferocious Fernando Vargas twice was not the same man that recently drew with Sergio Mora in a 12-rounder to test the resolve of even the most unfortunate insomniac.
He’s done. Finished. Kaput. Spent. We all know it. Manny Pacquiao definitely knows it. So why are they intending to fight on May 7th? Why would the pound-for-pound king participate in such a sham? Read on for a run down on the other contenders that establishes why, unfortunately, Sugar Shane is the only real fight open to Manny at this point in his career.
*For the purposes of this article I do not intend to consider ticket sales potential or promotional company rivalries as relevant disqualifying criteria as, in a perfect world where boxing aficionados actually cared what fans wanted, they would not be.