The results of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley bout could have major ramifcations in the boxing world.
For starters, this isn't just for the WBO welterweight championship when the two meet on Saturday night, May 7, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
No, Pacquiao's pound-for-pound title is on the line here, too.
Mosley is 39 and coming off two lackluster performances—a unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather and a draw with Sergio Mora.
Mosley, at one time, much earlier in his career, was considered boxing's pound-for-pound champion. He might not get it back, even with a victory, but Pacquiao will most certainly lose it with a loss.
Then it becomes a question of whether the unofficial title goes to Mayweather, who hasn't touched a boxing glove in anger in more than a year, or to someone else. It will be interesting to see how all of this shakes out, because the results of Pacquiao vs. Mosley have the potential to truly up-end the boxing world.
Would that be enough to coax Mayweather out of his shell to fight Pacquiao? Would Mayweather fight Mosley a second time? Where does Sergio Martinez stand in all of this?
We'll find out late Saturday night.