Monday, March 29, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
By Ray Williams
Floyd Mayweather & Shane Mosley are the same but yet so different. They are the same because they are both one punch fighters. Mosley lost to Miguel Cotto because for every hard right hand or left hook he would throw Cotto would answer back with 2 and 3 punch combinations.
When Mayweather fought Marquez he threw one punch at time. Rarely does either fighter throw combinations. When Mosley throws combinations it’s usually in the midst of a storm. When Mayweather throws combinations it’s usually when it’s safe for him to do so.
They are both defensive. A lot of times Floyd will use his legs to step out of range, and he will roll his shoulders to do so. Mosley will sometimes back out of his opponents punching range to avoid punches. For the most part he will parry punches, and use his elbows to block body punching.
They both have fast hands, and they both have leaping left hooks. They differ because one fighter is a pure boxer while the other is a 2 handed boxer puncher. Mosley has an aggressive style. He can also switch hit, in that he can fight southpaw, and orthodox and do it with power. I really believe that this fight will be better than what people think.
Mayweather is safety 1st, he relies on his brilliant defense and stamina. Zab Judah, Carlos Baldomir, Oscar De La Hoya, and Ricky Hatton all faded in the 2nd half of their fights with Mayweather. Marquez to his credit didn’t fade in his fight with Mayweather. But he was too small. Marquez weighed in at 142lbs at the fight, barely making welterweight by 2lbs. Mayweather weighed in at 146lbs, one lb under the welterweight limit. Mayweather had a natural 11lb weight difference over Marquez.
Marquez due to the 7lbs he gained in a 5 month period was slow of hand and foot. Much like the way Margarito was way to slow when he fought Shane Mosley. Like Margarito, Marquez had no defense for Mayweather’s offense. Mayweather’s last 4 opponents were flat footed fighters, much like Mayorga, and Margarito.
Shane relies on true grit which is something he has relied on during the course of his career. I mean let’s face it sugar has always been a fighter. A power boxer as Jack Mosley would put it. Shane has always been a very good body puncher. Jesse James Leigha told De La Hoya that Mosley punches to the body were a lot harder than his head punches.
Mayweather has had the better trainer throughout his career, in Roger Mayweather. He was a former champion fighting people like Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, Harold Brazier, Livingstone Bramble, amongst others. He's been there so he has been able to give his nephew expert advice in the corners and in training because he was a former champ. Mosley has relied on physical instead of technical. The advice his dad has given him throughout his career has been questionable.
They are both consistent in their fighting styles. Mayweather consistently boxed Juan Manuel Marquez despite enjoying an 11lb weight advantage. He dropped Marquez with a left hook in the 2nd round of their fight. He never opened up on Juan to try to finish him. Defense, defense, defense that’s who Mayweather is.
Mosley is consistently aggressive. He consistently attacks the body, and he never hesitates to go for the KO. He will gamble and take risks. In round 11 & 12 of his fight with Cotto, It was Shane who was the aggressor, landing hard body punches. This fight should be billed Brains vs Brawn I can’t wait to see it.