While all the talks among boxing fans and pundits is centered around Pacquiao's potential bout with Floyd Mayweather, which is certainly the most anticipated fight in recent memory, the bout that might bring more excitement and no doubt live up to the hype is a fight with Sugar Shane Mosley.
It's a match that would have been looked upon as a mismatch before, but that notion is no longer true after Pacquiao's dominant victories over Hatton, De La Hoya, and Cotto.
Shane definitely has a significant size advantage over Pacquiao, but it's a handicap that the Filipino icon has a made a habit of overcoming.
In fact, the size advantage may not be as much when you consider that Pacquiao might have the edge in lower body strength. Manny Pacquiao has been able to keep his explosiveness and power in the higher weight classes because of his powerful legs.
The mix of their styles is definitely more conducive in bringing an action-packed fight, and there would be no shortage of drama, either.
How will Pacquiao do against a more physical and faster version of Miguel Cotto? How will Shane’s granite chin hold up from Pacquiao’s flurry of punches from all angles?
A win over the other also provides the victor more leverage in future negotiations with Mayweather.
Shane arguably deserves the fight with Pacquiao more than Mayweather, if recent performances is taken into consideration. Furthermore, he holds a championship belt and definitely in the list when discussing the best fighter of this generation.
Some, including Mayweather, might disagree and bring to attention that Mosley has suffered a few lopsided defeats in his career.
But who has he lost to? His losses have come from fighters that even Mayweather would have found difficult to defeat. He lost twice to Vernon Forrest, who in his prime and before the shoulder surgeries was a poor man's Paul Williams.
He also lost twice to Winky Wright, a great technical boxer and defensive whiz, who has fought up to the Light-Heavyweight Division.
No doubt that Mayweather has paid his dues and has fought tough opponents, but the difference is that Mosley has done that from the beginning until now, while taking more risk with each fight.
Would Mayweather still be undefeated if he had faced the same opponents that Shane or Cotto had fought in the last few years? Most likely, but we'll never know for sure.
For many Pacquiao fans, a fight with Mayweather might be more attractive since the latter is undefeated and still viewed by many as the Pound for Pound King, but I argue that a win over Mosley provides Pacquiao the same recognition while leaving Mayweather's legacy in limbo.
Then Pacquiao can retire or fight Yuri Foreman for an eighth divisional championship.
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