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Friday, March 5, 2010

Is Mayweather vs Mosley a ‘once in a lifetime fight’? Golden Boy Promotions thinks so.

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With all of the hype going into the Mayweather and Mosley fight, one might think that this is a “once in a lifetime” fight. Well, that one person happens to be Richard Schaefer the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. During the Los Angeles Press Conference, Schaefer made the following comments:

"These kind of fights come along once in a lifetime and this is going to be one of the most promoted fights in the history of the sport.”Schaefer

Now, correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Schaefer say something along the lines that Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather was a once in a lifetime fight, one of the greatest fights of all time, and fight of the century. So, are we to believe that Mosley vs. Mayweather is on par with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao?

I’m sorry but this fight is not even close to being a “once in a lifetime”. This fight is more like once in a decade considering that’s how long it took to put it together. Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather Jr was much bigger than this fight. In my lifetime, I got to see fights with the combination of Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran. Now, those fights were closer to a “once in a lifetime”.

"We are here to set new records and set new standards. We have NASCAR-like sponsors. This is going to be the most promoted fight in the history of the sport." Schaefer

Now I can agree with Schaefer on this comment. I do think this has the potential to be the most promoted fight in the history of boxing. Think about it, they’ve already hit-up the Super Bowl and the All-Star game. All this was done even before they officially kicked off the press tour.

Andy Lavine Sacramento, CA “What do you think of the promotional strategy for this fight?”

I think GBP did a great job with their strategy here. They announce the fight will happen during the hype for Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey. Then, they send their fighters to the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Star game. All along they wait until after the Olympics to kick off their official Press Tour. I think it’s brilliant.

Barry Henderson Elk Grove, CA “Is Mayweather Jr the ultimate salesman?”

I’ll tell you what; Floyd is the ultimate salesman in the current world of Boxing. He can sell a fight between his shadow and a punching bag. Floyd knows how to bring attention to a fight. But, I wouldn’t say he’s the ultimate salesman of all-time. That my friends, belongs to Muhammad Ali. However, I think this is another reason why this fight will probably be the most promoted fight in the history of the sport. Mayweather is motivated to make as much money as possible.

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