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I have watched Shane Mosley fight for half my life. He has been one of my favorite fighters to watch. He always tried and always-showed effort even when it seemed as if that effort would still amount to a loss. That means something to me. I mean there are some fighters that fold their hand as soon as the pot is raised (see Devon Alexander and his pitiful effort in basically quitting against Timothy Bradley).

Say what you want about Shane, but he has never backed down and his record shows it, hell, his last effort against Sergio Mora showed some of the effects of all the punishment he has taken throughout his Hall of Fame career.

 

Wouldn't it be something if Mosley could land a few of these on Manny?

When I say Mosley deserves this payday, I don’t mean to confuse anyone with the fact that this is a bad fight and a terrible matchup, because it’s both of those things. I just mean to say that after all he has given us as boxing fans, all the thrilling fights (both De La Hoya fights, his destructions of Antonio Margarito & Fernando Vargas, and many more…) and all the fights he forced the action in and kept from being boring. He kept those fights from being boring at the expense of actually using his superior talent, which would have led to him fighting more like the most recent incarnation of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Which is to say Shane, unlike Floyd, isn’t afraid to exchange and force the fight and that, more times than not, will lead to a more entertaining fight.

 

(Side note: Remember at one point Shane Mosley was 38-0, 35 KO’s, he was Floyd before Floyd.)

I suppose I just have a soft spot for “Sugar” Shane. This leads me to have a dual personality for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Mosley fight (May 7, Showtime PPV).

On one hand I use my brain and the logic it has to tell me that Manny the Great is going to completely overwhelm Shane inside of five rounds resulting in a KO/TKO victory. On the other hand my heart is hoping against all hope that Mosley can do as some all-time greats do and pull that one last great effort out of his hat and not only be competitive in a fight he has no business being competitive in, but actually have a chance to win.

I realize that what my logical brain is telling me is true. I also know that I won’t be able to stop myself, my boxing fan self, from openly rooting for one of my long time favorites being able to bring his ending career one last great fight.

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This is where the sport of boxing usually resides.

Boxing can be a real world of strange occurrences and weirdo people.

I have two examples of recent happenings that make you shake your head in amazement. Even though I know boxing shouldn’t amaze me anymore, it does.

Example 1;

On December 21 it was announced that Shane Mosley would be taking on Manny Pacquiao on May 7,
2011
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You heard me right. Bob Arum of Top Rank (Pacquiao’s promoter) decided that the best fight available for Manny Pacquiao was against a man who fought to a draw with Sergio Mora, “‘The Contender’ guy” as Freddie Roach put it.

If this fight was signed before Sugar Shane got utterly dismantled at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. than I would be all for it because at that point I thought Shane really did have something left in the tank. After the Mayweather debacle and his mind-boggling draw with Mora, I don’t think that any longer.

Without getting to in-depth (I’m sure I’ll have a breakdown of this fight sometime before the fight in 2011), I don’t think Mosley has a chance of standing upright past the 7th round. Read the rest of this entry »


I’m not one of the naysayers dismissing a possible third Marquez-Pacquiao fight based off of the most recent accomplishments. If I were to do that Manny would seemingly be able to bludgeon Juan Manuel to death with a sword like no name actor Michael Brea.

I don’t think that is the case at all. I think this fight would be every bit as good as the previous two and probably much better than the, hoped for, super ultra mega mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The first two fights between these men were fantastic, in addition to keeping everyone talking about the results. Even to this day boxing fans still chirp about the score cards of not just one, but both of the fights. They were that close.

The sad truth is even though Marquez-Pacquiao would be the more exciting fight (in my eyes at least) there is no hope of it happening any time soon.

Why?

Because the aforementioned super ultra mega mega fight of Mayweather-Pacqiao has to happen first. There’s just no way around it.

In the whole of boxing there is no fight more talked or written about. And for good reason. It matches the top two people on the mythical Pound-4-Pound list. The two fighters with the most to lose…and gain.

It’s a fight that would break every single boxing PPV viewership record there is, not to mention that the amount of money generated from this fight could support a small third world country for a generation.

Marquez-Pacquiao III would be incredible.

Mayweather-Pacquiao could be legendary.

The fight that NEEDS to happen.


I found a way to watch the fight. I had to.

After seeing the video of Margarito mocking, Pacquiao trainer, Freddie Roach’s Parkinson’s Disease it was more than a little personal for me.

Manny Pacquiao is a stud. That’s the simplest way that I can put it.

He fought a man who (unofficially) outweighed him by 17 pounds and was 4 1/2 inches taller and yet that didn’t make a bit of difference.

The Congressman from the Phillippines simply and purely battered Antonio Margarito into a bloody mess. It was a beautiful and horrible thing to watch.

Unlike when Pacquiao fought Miguel Cotto and beat the soul of out of him and I (and everyone else watching the fight with me) was imploring the ref to stop the fight. It was hard to watch and it all seemed unnecessary. Cotto was beaten to a pulp, but because of his pride and refusal to say, “no mas” the fight continued longer than it should have.

This fight was like that, with the small exception of me and a lot of other people hoping the ref wouldn’t stop it because, really, it seemed as if Margarito had this coming to him.

One of the many punches landed flush by Manny Pacquiao. (Photo courtesy AP Photo/David J. Phillips)

And so, in the short term Manny Pacquiao has once again beaten a larger, physically stronger opponent. Not just beat these men though, he has completely destroyed them. Three have been sent to the hospital.

Even Margarito fell victim to this trend. After the fight he was immediately taken, by ambulance, to the hospital to get his various cuts and swelling checked out. Luckily for him, they found that Manny had fractured his right orbital bone and he will undergo surgery Tuesday in Texas.

To say I was happy with the result of this fight is beyond an understatement. I can honestly say I smiled for the near entirety of the fight, with every one of Manny’s blinding combinations broadening the smile on my face.

It was an A+ performance out of the Pacman.

Now…where is Floyd Mayweather Jr.?


Zab Judah, oh Zab Judah.

You could have been something special. All-time great special.

To watch you in action, at times, is truly a sight to behold. You have/had talent that matches or exceeds any boxer that has ever laced up a pair of gloves.

Other times you look lazy, lethargic and basically like you flat-out don’t care.

It’s frustrating being a boxing fan and having to see someone with your talent and to see you make other fighters look bad, to make them look utterly pathetic, only to turn around and look pathetic yourself.

I love seeing a talent like you come up. To see you literally have people’s jaws dropping at the awesome speed you possess, to see your nearly unparalleled athleticism in action.

Sadly, that jaw dropping athleticism and speed you display only comes in flashes.

It should be more than that Zab. You have to know this if myself and anyone who knows anything about boxing knows it. It’s inexcusable.

I have had, and will have, people disagree with me over what I am about to say, so here we go…
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