Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao must win via stoppage over Shane Mosley when they face each other on May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada in order to calm down the restive and angry boxing fans who continue to oppose the choice of Mosley as Pacquiao's next opponent.
Boxing fans from around the world have been criticizing Manny Pacquiao for allowing his promoter Bob Arum to pick on Mosley despite the opposition by a great majority of boxing fans.
Boxing critics and fans alike said Mosley, who is turning 40 on his next birthday, is an aging and a shut fighter while Pacquiao, who just turned 32 last December 17, is in his prime.
Mosley has failed to convince boxing fans he is still a fighter to reckon with after a lousy performance during his last two recent fights.
Mosley fought Floyd Mayweather Jr in May and lost via a unanimous decision, although he stunned the undefeated boxer with power shots in the second round.
Mosley buckled Mayweather's knees with powerful rights, and pinned him to the ropes with a series of body blows. Mayweather appeared to be in trouble for the first time in his career, but stayed on his feet and dominated from round three until the end of the fight.
Mayweather received $22.5 million guaranteed purse for the fight while Mosley got $6.7 million.
Later in the year, Mosley fought Sergio Mora to a draw. The fight which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California was considered as one of the most boring fights to watch in recent years.
The fight was very difficult to score. Mosley was the aggressor from the beginning, but had a difficult time landing clean punches because Mora is a standout defensive fighter. The former 154-pound titleholder consistently danced out of harm's way or tied up Mosley when he got inside.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer, says Mosley is definitely not an easy opponent, citing his record of victories over de La Hoya in 2000 and 2003.
“People keep saying this is going to be easy, but it’s going to be tough, especially in the first four rounds,” Roach said, rating Mosley over Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto, who were also considered as opponents for Pacquiao.
Paquiao's promoter Bob Arum echoes Roach's assessment, adding, "Mosley is very dangerous, he’s a very slick fighter, very experienced."
Still, a good number of boxing fans and critics as well, differ in their assessment, saying the fight is clearly a mismatch.
Barely a week after the fight announcement, Pacquiao has reportedly emerged as 8-1 favorite in most oddsmakers preview.
In order to appease boxing fans who continue to oppose and resent Arum's choice of Mosley as Pacquiao's next opponent, the world's most popular boxer is now under extreme pressure to win over Mosley via KO, no less.