Legendary prizefighter Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao will fight former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley May 7 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao(52-3-2, 38 KOs), the first pugilist in history to win 10 world crowns in eight separate weight divisions, last fought in November when he brutally battered Mexican cheater Antonio Margarito to earn a decisive unanimous decision victory.
On the contrary, Mosley (46-6-1-1, 39 KOs) was absolutely outclassed by Floyd Mayweather last May and he lagged through a pathetically uninspired draw against “The Latin Snake” Sergio Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) in September.
Before Pacquiao administered ring justice on Margarito (38-7-0-1, 27 KOs) and fractured his orbital bone, Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach expressed concern regarding “Pac-Man’s” focus and fitness for the autumn bout.
Roach is ecstatic with this current training camp and he was quoted on SportsIllustrated.CNN.com saying Pacquiao is the most prepared he has ever been for a prizefight.
"He hasn't lost a step. He's working at a higher pace than ever," said Roach, 50, a native of Dedham (Mass.) who has been honored on four occasions as the Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. "He's not in the same condition as the last fight. He's in better condition than I've ever seen. He isn't going to get caught underestimating anybody."
Strictly due to his name recognition, Mosley was unjustly selected as the opponent for Pacquiao over other more-qualified boxers.
Pacquiao is clearly the greatest fighter of this generation.
Conversely, the once formidable Mosley at 39 is now more spent than an 80-year-old lady of pleasure walking through a Red-light district.
More importantly, Mosley, an admitted abuser of steroids, is probably off the dope that likely triggered many of his triumphs in the squared circle.
Mosley could not have trumped Pacquiao during his prime and, at this juncture, the BALCO conspirator will be fortunate to last seven rounds with “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines."
Questions still abound concerning a potential future contest pitting Pacquiao against Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs).
"I don't know," Pacquiao said with a wink when asked if he thought Mayweather would ever step in with him. "For me, there's still a chance. It's up to him if he wants to fight. I'll just do my job and make the fans happy."
Pacquiao will frequently floor Mosley and easily emerge victorious over “Sugar Shane” by knockout next weekend.
Following the inevitable destruction of Mosley, fans can only wonder if Mayweather will ever display testicular fortitude and agree to battle Pacquiao to “make the fans happy.”