Legendary prizefighter Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao will fight former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Strictly due to his name recognition, Mosley (46-6-1-1, 39 KOs) was unjustly selected as the opponent for Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) over more-qualified boxers like lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) and welterweight titlist Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs).
Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, 50, a native of Dedham who has been honored on four occasions as the Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, said he would have prefered to “shut Marquez up.”
According to Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, undefeated clown pocket Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) was not an option because he again cowered and hid from a potentially lucrative bout versus “Pac-Man.”
“We put it off as long as we could,” said Arum, himself a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his scrappers.
“He has been totally incommunicado. All he had to do was pick up a phone and say, ‘Hey Bob, wait a week, two weeks’ and we would have waited. He could have given us a signal. No one knows how to get a hold of him. The only ones who know how to get a hold of him are the police.”
Who will win?
Mayweather, an enormous talent who has captured nine world titles in five different boxing weight classes, currently has a defamation lawsuit filed against him by “Pac-Man” and two new impending court dates for more violent incidents he has been accused of committing.
Pacquiao, 32, the first pugilist in history to win ten world crowns in eight separate weight divisions, is clearly the greatest fighter of this generation.
Conversely, the once-formidable Mosley at 39 is now more spent than an 80-year-old lady of pleasure walking through a red-light district.
Mosley was absolutely outclassed by Mayweather last May and he lagged through a pathetically uninspired draw against “The Latin Snake” Sergio Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) in September.
More importantly, Mosley, an admitted abuser of steroids, is now likely off the dope that likely triggered many of his triumphs in the squared circle.
“Mosley has quick hands and he will press the fight,” said Roger “Pitt” Perron, 73, a long-time boxing trainer from Brockton who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training. “But, he is no Pacquiao.”
Mosley could not have trumped Pacquiao during his prime and, at this juncture, the BALCO conspirator will be fortunate to last seven rounds with “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines.”
Pacquiao will frequently floor Mosley and easily emerge victorious over “Sugar Shane” by knockout in approximately one month.