Saturday, March 6, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
True to recent form, Floyd Mayweather has again made some puzzling comments about an opponent. This time it's Shane Mosley he's trying to take down a peg or two.
This time it isn't Mosley's recent divorce or his finances he's taking aim at, but his record.
The ironic thing is of course that the worse Floyd makes Mosley sound, the less a victory will mean against him. Rather than trying to make Shane sound like a bum he should be building him up to the media at least, making a win over him all the more impressive. His latest comments are making it sound like Shane got all of his wins while under the influence of steroids, implying that the Mosley he will face in May is an unknown quantity.
Coming out with this though only serves to make the fight less than what it is, a showdown between the current number two and three welterweights in the world. Making Mosley sound like a desperate, broke old man who needs steroids to win isn't going to get that message across to the casual fans. Sure he might have been on steroids, unwittingly or not for some of his fights, but he was caught back in 2003, and he has had plenty of top quality wins since then.
Shane does his talking in the ring (AP Photo)
Speaking to Fanhouse, Mayweather said:
"The thing is this, you've got people who, even in Mosley's career, they talk about how Mosley beat all of these guys. You know, we don't know, when he got all of these knockouts at lightweight, we don't know what he was taking,"
"Okay, like I said before. They need to make the changes. I'd change everything in the sport of boxing. They need to make the changes. All that I'm trying to do is show the world that my sport is clean. I'm trying to separate the ordinary from the good, from the great,"
He still found the time to take a quick swipe at Manny Pacquiao as usual, and then claims that he hasn't been saying anything about him. This seems odd, because it sounds like Floyd is saying something in the very next sentence. You can be the judge on this one.
"I never said nothing about Manny Paquiao, but I've never known a man who didn't want to take a drug test and risk losing $25 million. And now, he's making $6 million."
Derren Hansen, Pittsburgh PA: "Does anyone expect any different from Floyd by now, he never makes any sense whatever he says, and whenever he opens his mouth, he always says thinks which go against his best interests"
Gregory Hoddle, Pittsburgh PA: "Making Pacquiao look bad as his rival I can understand, but he should be playing up Mosley and his place in the hall of fame instead f making him look bad. If fans think he can only win on steroids, and he now cant take them, some of them might not think the fight is worth watching."\