Pacquiao vs. Mosley: Where Is the Bad Guy in This Fight?

Troy SparksColumnistApril 27, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20:  Manny Pacquiao (R) of the Philippines trains with strength coach Alex Ariza (L) during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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By Troy Sparks

Both Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley went on a five city press tour to promote their upcoming fight next Saturday. They were smiling and joking around.

I thought that boxing opponents disliked each other so much that they can't stand to be around one another. Yet, it's Mosley that is playing along with the charade that's tied to the fight. Mosley has to, since he literally begged Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to fight Pacquiao.

In boxing press conferences leading up to the fight, shouldn't there be a good guy and a bad guy? I can't understand how two guys who are so jolly now are supposed to turn into assassins on fight night.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. brought the drama at every one of his press conferences.  I sat there, watched and laughed at them because he would come with nothing less, and Mayweather backed up everything he said.

That's what I like about Mayweather in his pre-fight hype. He came, he saw and he kicked some butt.  Since Mosley is the underdog and underestimated, shouldn't he have some animosity and a mean streak just because many people don't give him a chance to win? Mosley is a 6-to-1 underdog.

We know that Pacquiao is smiling and laughing all the way to the bank. If Mosley was serious about winning the fight, he should focus on wiping that smile off Pacquiao's face.

After watching the first episode of Showtime's "Fight Camp 360", I had to turn it off because it disgusted me. I think Mosley should play the bad guy, especially since he has all the things working against him: Age (39), declining skills, doubts by others, a stinging loss to Mayweather and allegiance to Arum for arranging the fight out of Mosley's desperation. All these factors should be bottled up inside Mosley, and they should be ready to explode.

Some people call this the fight of the year. That's a bunch of bull.  Arum said in the first episode that Pacquiao is the best fighter he has ever seen, and that includes Muhammad Ali, which he was around.

This is a dog and pony show for both Pacquiao and Mosley. The Pac Man will smile and then destroy Mosley. I guarantee that Mayweather will bring the noise if him and Pacquiao ever agree to fight.