Going into this spring’s fight against Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley had to know that he was being used as a measuring board.
For over two years now, superstars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have avoided each other like a divorced couple. While Manny seems to desire a reconciliation in the ring, Mayweather has resigned himself to playing the role of the jilted wife—unwilling to take her husband back yet always ready with a disparaging word or two for his alternatives (Mosley, Margarito, etc.)
So, Mosley, it seems, enters this dispute as an innocent participant, a victim of split custody. He spent time in the ring with Mayweather a year ago and then was placed under the care of Manny Pacquiao this spring.
Since Manny and Mayweather refuse to fight, we are left with only the ability to compare their performances against common opponents. We find ourselves, a truth-seeking judge, standing before Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, and now Shane Mosley and asking them, “Who treated you better? Who would you rather be in the ring with?”
Having watched both fights (Mosley v. Mayweather and Mosley v. Pacquiao), it is important to note that while it was the same man that fought Pacquiao this spring, it is quite possible that Mosley was not the same fighter against Pacquiao that we had seen against Mayweather.
It is possible that Mosley aged in year in the year between the two fights. It is possible that Mosley lost a significant amount of skill in a year. It is even possible that Mosley was in worse shape, mentally or physically, against Pacquiao than in his fight against Mayweather.
I said possible…not likely.
And this is important to note because after watching both fights, I think Pacman wins the battle of comparison.
Here are a couple reasons why I think so: