Manny Pacquaio: Does Sugar Shane Mosley Pack a More Powerful Punch?

Troy SparksColumnistMarch 1, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  Shane Mosley talks to the media at a press conference to promote his upcoming fight with Manny Pacquiao at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on February 14, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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I have been reading some comments recently from readers about Shane Mosley's slim chance of beating Manny Pacquiao based on his ability to throw effective punches at his age.

As Mosley turns 39 years old this year, the elder statesman will have to prove that he still has the mojo. George Foreman shocked the world when he knocked out Michael Moorer at age 45.

Some of you think that Mosley has more power in his punches than Pacquiao. I would normally agree with you if Mosley was about 10 years younger. I think the power from his punches is on the decline, or else he would've unleashed a barrage of blows on Floyd Mayweather.

If you think that Pacquiao gets by with punching speed without power, then you might be right. But, you can't argue with the knockouts he has scored over opponents from the last five years compared to what Mosley has done.

Six of Pacquiao's fights over the past five years have ended either in a KO or TKO.  Mosley has two TKOs to his name in that time period.

It's true—as some readers have noted—that Mosley did something that Pacquiao couldn't when both fighters fought Antonio Margarito: He dropped Margarito to the canvas.

However, the Pac Man dropped Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, David Diaz, Erik Morales, Jorge Salas and Oscar De La Hoya. Mosley could only register a decision over De La Hoya.

So in this matchup, it will be speed against power.  The old man might show us a little something after all.