Is Bob Arum Pulling the Strings of Shane Mosley in the Manny Pacquiao Fight?

Troy SparksColumnistFebruary 21, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  Manny Pacquiao (L) and Shane Mosley pose for photographs to promote their upcoming fight at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on February 14, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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There are less than two months before Shane Mosley fights Manny Pacquiao, and he did his part to make the fight happen in a desperate way.

I couldn't believe that Mosley went to the home of Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to nominate himself as Pacquiao's next opponent, according to a published report.  Mosley probably begged Arum to let him fight the "Pac Man".

Mosley left former partner Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions to become his own man.  That made it easier for him to fall into Arum's trap.

All the strings that Arum is pulling on Pacquiao's hands, feet, and head are working.  Arum is pulling the strings on the Mosley puppet that keep the hands down to let Pacquiao hit him like a punching bag. 

That's what it might feel like after Pacquiao works him over in their fight.

Dropping the hands should be nothing new for Mosley because he pretty much did that against Floyd Mayweather Jr.  We saw him attacking in the first several rounds only to be missing out of action for the rest of the fight. 

If Mosley cooperates like Arum wants him to, then he will latch on to the money that flows from Arum through Pacquiao and then to him.

Recently, I read that Mosley said he is doing Mayweather's dirty work in taking on Pacquiao.  This guy should be sitting in a rocking chair somewhere.

How is Mosley doing Floyd's dirty work?  I guess he meant that, if Mayweather wasn't facing legal charges, and would have agreed to fight the pound-for-pound champ, then "Money" would be fighting Pacquiao in May instead of Mosley.

I think after Mosley is done fighting Pacquiao, he should challenge Mayweather to a second fight.

Mayweather may take on that challenge to retire the old man for good.  We know that he's scared of Pacquiao, and may I add, Andre Berto.  I think Timothy Bradley will beat Mayweather.

If Mosley felt he had to beg another guy's promoter for a fight, then he was desperate and willing to let someone else pull his strings.