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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mayweather-Mosley: Face Off

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Posted By Avi "Shoefly" Korine 4:30 PM

HBO released the latest of their new "Face Off" promotional fight hyping pieces, and if it's any indication of what's going to come we can expect Mayweather-Mosley to have perhaps the best 24-7 yet. We all know that these two guys have contrasting personalities and it is immediately clear in the video above.

Some notes from the video:

* I've always wondered what Shane Mosley's career would have been like if he had fought with a different manager and trainer. A lot of guys say they want to fight the best, but Shane is one of the few who actually means it. He never had to fight Vernon Forrest or Winky Wright, and he certainly never had to rematch them. Sure, he skipped a fight here and there, but Shane walked the walk. He deserves respect.

* Mayweather is truly obsessed with that zero on his record. We know this, but it's still always remarkable to hear him return to the subject over and over again. I've said this before, but I honestly believe a loss would be incredibly liberating for Floyd and allow him to truly show his greatness. Mosley might be the one to give him that bitter gift.

* I thought it was clever of Kellerman to bring out the old Ring Magazine featuring both fighters, Not only does it show the depth and meaning of their rivalry, but it points to the excellence of these two fighters. These two are still considered in the top handful of participants in this, most cruel of all sports, after a decade of battles. It shows the quality of the match up and the men.

* You could tell Floyd got a little uncomfortable when Mosley referenced his former appreciation of the older champion. Floyd has undergone a dramatic transformation over recent years, going so far as to laughably deny even watching Shane's fight with Margarito or Manny's recent bout with Clottey. One can't argue with his methods, his bad guy persona has certainly been more lucrative than Shane's humble demeanor, but sometimes you sense even Floyd isn't entirely convinced in his own act.

* That internal conflict was clear when Floyd discussed the distinction between money and legacy. I find Floyd's argument convincing, I would never have the audacity to tell a man to risk his health for simple glory. But still, we crave those types of people, we remember them. Shane has the desire, if not the quality to be amongst the very greatest. Floyd might get there despite himself, simply because his talent is so profound.

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