On the Jan. 29 episode of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights , it was officially announced that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be fighting Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1.
Both camps have assured ESPN that that the fight is basically a “done deal”, although the contracts haven’t officially been signed.
Mayweather has been criticized by many fans and critics (including this writer) for ducking the best opposition in the welterweight class.
Following the notorious fallout of the Pacquiao-Mayweather negotiations, boxing fans have cried out for Mayweather to face a boxer who possesses sufficient skills to offer legitimate competition for the technically brilliant former pound-for-pound king.
I have publicly stated that I’d be the first to give Mayweather the accolades he deserves if he agrees to take on Mosley—who is currently ranked as the No. 3 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
At 38 years of age and a record of 46-5 with 39 knockouts, Mosley doesn’t look like an old fighter.
If both fighters perform half as well as they did in their last fights, the bout promises to be a highly entertaining spectacle.
On Jan. 24, 2009 Mosley completely annihilated Antonio Margarito in a ninth round TKO.
Along with a knockout rate of 75 percent, Mosley possesses the ultimate combination of lightning-quick hands and excellent agility.
Mosley’s main weakness is his lack of jabbing abilities. He is known for throwing lazy, pawing jabs that are intended more for measuring than for scoring purposes.
This could be a major disadvantage in a bout against Mayweather.
Mayweather boasts a spotless record of 40-0 with 25 knockouts. His last performance was nothing less than perfect.
On Sept. 19, 2009, after nearly two years out of the ring, Mayweather squared off with the great Mexican warrior—Juan Manuel Marquez.
Mayweather sent Marquez to the mat in round two.
Marquez looked severely outclassed for the duration of the fight and never came close to winning a single round.
Mayweather’s victory came by way of unanimous decision.
The post-fight interview with Max Kellerman resulted in a shouting match between Mayweather and Mosley, who publicly called Mayweather out.
Mayweather is a defensive genius the likes of which the sport has rarely seen. In fact, he may be the greatest defensive technician ever.
His footwork and overall agility are amazing. He can make his opponent miss by swaying, leaning, and dodging.
When attacked with a flurry, he employs his shell defense that consists of his effective ability to protect his head behind his right hand and left shoulder.
Most opponents have found it all but impossible to land anything flush.
He often leans forward with his left hand dangling at his side, daring his opponent to take a shot. If his opponent accepts the challenge and misses, Mayweather can land a left jab at the speed of light.
Mayweather tends to conserve his energy by placing his shots carefully with pin-point accuracy. He rarely throws combinations consisting of more than two punches, but the ones he throws usually score.
If Mayweather has a weakness, it is yet to be discovered.
ESPN reported that both parties have agreed to random drug testing in the weeks leading up to the fight—although the full details have not been clarified as of this time.
If boxing gets it right, the winner of this match could go on to face the winner of Pacquiao-Clottey, thus determining the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport.
I predict a Mayweather win by a hard-earned decision.