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Mayweather stays strong against Mosley. Could Pacquiao be next?

05/02/2010

For years, “Sugar” Shane Mosley has been thought of as the person with the closest chance at beating Floyd “Money” Mayweather. His hand speed, quickness and punching power were thought to be on par with Mayweather.   Many thought Mosley’s power  could overwhelm Mayweather  if the two ever fought.

They finally met in the ring on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and one thing was certain after Mayweather’s emphatic win –Floyd Mayweather, Jr. may very well be a living legend.

“I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see, a toe-to-toe battle,” Mayweather said. “It wasn’t the same style for me but I wanted to be aggressive and I knew I could do it.”

Simply put, Floyd “Money” Mayweather is the most gifted, talented, skilled fighter in the world — bar none.  He reminded everyone who watched Saturday’s fight that  he is head and shoulders above the rest.

Mosley, 38, came in as the naturally bigger fighter. He has a reach advantage, and has only been dominated by fighters that have been bigger than he is — those being the late Vernon Forrest and Ronald “Winky” Wright.

He asserted himself in the earlier rounds of Saturday’s fight. Mosley accomplished something that no one has been able to do to Mayweather as of yet — he staggered him.

Twice in the second round, he had the former pound- for- pound champ on the ropes but could not put him away. Instead, Mayweather showed he had a good chin and survived the hard round.

That sequence of exchanges turned out to be a microcosm of what the fight would be; Floyd took his time adjusting to his opponent.

By the fifth round, Mayweather had taken over the match. He accomplished this with his superior quickness, hand speed and ring generalship, which was to be expected. What was not expected and may have surprised everyone watching was the way he walked down Mosley.

Coming into the fight, the consensus was that  Mosley would wear Mayweather down and then be able to impose his will against him. The exact opposite happened. So much so that Mayweather had   Mosley looking every bit of his 38 years of age. By the ninth round, his trainer Nazzim Richardson had threatened to throw in the towel because he looked so bad.

Before Mayweather’s fight with Ricky Hatton in 2007, HBO ringside analyst Emmanuel Stewart said, “a fighter like Ricky Hatton will either expose Mayweather or bring the best out of him”. Hatton, Marquez and now Mosley have brought the best out of Mayweather.

Winning in such a convincing manner leaves the door open for a bout with the current pound- for- pound champion, Manny Pacquiao. Drug and urine testing postponed negotiations the first time, and we all know how Mayweather feels about making money. 

“If Manny Pacquiao can take a blood and urine test then we have a fight,” Mayweather said. “If not, no fight.”

Then there is the purse that each man will fight over.

When the pay-per-view numbers come in (they are estimated at 3 million or more)  it will  mean that Mayweather will have been a headliner for the top two boxing bouts in history. His bouts with Ricky Hatton and Juan Manual Marquez would have garnered 1.9 million ppv buys as well. The most Pacquiao can claim is 1.5 million, maybe.

“I don’t think about no Pacquiao,” Mayweather said. “I’m a boss, I only talk to bosses. He’s got to do numbers like I’m doing. What did him and (Juan Manuel) Marquez do, 300,000, 400,000? Congratulations. Got to step his game up. Got to step his game up. Got to step his pay-per-view numbers up. I average 1.3 million, with ease.”

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