Max Kellerman: Manny Pacquiao Will Beat Shane Mosley

edgar solorzano@edgarsolorzano2Contributor IIIFebruary 26, 2011

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Sports announcer Max Kellerman attends the 25th Annual Sports Emmy Awards April 19, 2004 in New York City.  (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of interviewing HBO's Max Kellerman at the Donaire-Montiel fight that took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

When I asked Kellerman about the May 7 Mosley-Pacquiao fight, he did not seem too interested on the event.

I asked him a few questions and he made it crystal clear that Shane Mosley shouldn't be fighting the eight-division king. Max Kellerman believes that Sugar Shane Mosley is too old to be fighting Pacquiao and that it's a dangerous fight for the welterweight veteran.

I asked him what did he think of the Mosley-Pacquiao fight, and Kellerman quickly replied that it was a mismatch.

"If it were Shane Mosley five years ago—great fight; even two years ago—great fight. But at this point I don't see how Mosley wins that fight," Kellerman said.

Kellerman also believes that Shane Mosley won't be a threat to Manny Pacquiao in the early rounds.

I personally believe Mosley-Pacquiao will be a great fight.

The two styles are perfect for each other. People don't like to see a lion chasing a cheetah; people want to see a lion face a tiger, an animal with a similar style that will come to battle.

The problem is that one of the lions doesn't have as much stamina. But this lion's strength may back him up due to Manny Pacquiao's style. I know one thing for sure: I'm not buying the fictional boxing philosophy that if Mosley lands a nice lucky punch, he may end up winning by a tremendous knockout.

It's obvious that there's a higher percentage of Shane Mosley missing that left or right hook than landing it.

Not too long ago, I was convinced that Mosley had a good chance against the Filipino superstar. After hearing Mosley say that he will be fighting Manny Pacquiao as a southpaw, however, I think he is asking for a beating.

If it's true that Mosley will be fighting Pacquiao as a southpaw, then I respectfully believe Mosley will lose by TKO. Shane Mosley's face gets swollen too easily; he may not be able to see very well in the later rounds.

However, if Sugar Shane fights him like he has fought other world champions, he may still have a chance.

Shane Mosley has only around a thousand inches to spend. His first few inches will have to be close to perfect and will have to land bombs with good timing—something Mosley is really good at.

However, Mosley's last inches and timing won't be the same. Sugar Shane has a bad habit of getting sloppy at the end and starting to fade away like a shooting star.

I'm not a Max Kellerman critic, but I believe Kellerman may be a little fired up that Mosley-Pacquiao will be on Showtime and not HBO.

I am favoring Manny Pacquiao, but I wouldn't be surprised if he makes a great fight. Everyone is buying tickets. It's obvious that people are interested on this fight.

One of the questions I asked myself after interviewing Kellerman was this: If Mosley-Pacquiao was televised on HBO, would he have said the same thing about the fight? Or would have perhaps said something a little more positive?

We may never know, since Manny Pacquiao will probably stay on Showtime. Manny Pacquiao reminds me of an ancient Spanish conqueror. Pacquiao found a new land that will change his life around, just like a Spaniard conqueror finding new land in Latin America.

This new land may offer more money, fans, and fame. Although the Pac-Man already has all those things, he still has plenty of room for success.

Here's the interview: