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Pacquiao vs. Mosley: Underdog Is Ready to Pull off the Upset

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  Shane Mosley looks on 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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Troy SparksColumnistMay 1, 2011

With the fight just days away, I expect the battle between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley to be either full of action or one-sided.  It will shock some fans or be dismissed as another meaningless fight.

Mosley was confident of the results of his training camp.  Only Mosley and his camp thinks he has the ability to beat Pacquiao.  Anyone else who thinks that Pacquiao will lose needs psychological help. 

Freddie Roach thinks the Pac-Man will knock Mosley out.  I don't see a KO early in the fight, but I see one after he wears Mosley down late in the fight.

It's easy for Mosley to talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?  My instincts say that after his face meets the leather gloves of Pacquiao, he won't be able to talk at all.

If Mosley pull off the upset against Pacquiao, that would be the worst result in my book since Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas.  Pacquiao couldn't live with that defeat.

Why would I say that?  Pacquiao has the entire Filipino nation on his shoulders rooting for him.  On top of that, it will make Floyd Mayweather Jr. look like a genius for staying on the sidelines and talking trash about how the Pac-Man lost to the same guy he beat.

In Pacquiao's mind, he thinks that Mayweather will wait until he gets a little older to issue a challenge.  That may be true.  Mayweather should try to take advantage of watching this fight to put together a game plan to take on the pound-for-pound champ.  But I know he won't do it because a chicken will back down from a warrior any day.

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