Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell
What was once a “must see” fight, Mayweather vs. Mosley has now taken a back seat to the Olympic style drug testing. A fight that was a decade in the making has been TKO’d by all the talk and hype over drug testing. Let’s examine further.
Drug Testing Publicity
Since Mayweather shifted focus to fighting Mosley, drug testing has had an equal amount of publicity as the fight itself. Just a few days ago, GBP had a press conference officially announcing the details of the drug testing which included USADA CEO Travis Tygart who was extremely happy and excited over Floyd’s push for this type of testing. You remember how Tygart kept referring to how “courageous” Floyd was?
This fight was supposed to settle the differences between two fighters who despised each other. Instead, we get Mayweather talking more trash about Manny Pacquiao than Mosley. Floyd has hyped up his feud with Manny more than this fight with Mosley. For a guy who was supposed to be about “the money” he really hasn’t done much to generate the hype that will draw the money.
Shane Mosley hasn’t done much better. He can’t even make up his mind whether he’s friends with Mayweather or not. Are you serious Shane? This guy has trash talked you for 10 years now. You finally get your chance to shove your fist in his mouth and now you aren’t sure if you are friends.
Just recently the two fighters appeared on HBO’s Face-Off with Max Kellerman and Floyd is saying that he rooted for Shane because he’s a “Black American”. Hey Floyd, this is the same guy that you bad mouthed for a decade and now we come to find out that you cheered for him?
I can see why the hype is shifting toward the drug testing. The two fighters can’t figure out whether they really dislike each other or not. The fight will feature a “dancer”, a “puncher”, and “drug testing”. I don’t know about you guys but I’m really excited now. I can’t wait to see if someone fails the drug test. Please realize that I’m being sarcastic.
Christian Wallace Sacramento, CA “Has the drug testing killed off the excitement for this fight?”
Jason McTavish Sacramento, CA “Is there more hype for the drug testing than the fight itself?”
Absolutely, this drug testing talk has put out the flames to a potentially epic encounter. I’m sick and tired of hearing about this drug testing. Does anyone actually think that either of these two fighters will get caught? With the entire Boxing world and USADA watching, it would be the biggest blunder in the history of sports if either man gets caught cheating. There’s no suspense to the drug testing. As far as the historical precedent, I’m not excited about that either.
I wanted to see a grudge match. Instead, I’m in store for two guys who root for each other and rather hype up drug testing or Manny Pacquiao. I think I will save my 50 bucks.