Thursday, March 25, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
By: Albert Alvarez
Pacquiao/Clottey 700,000 PPV Buys!- In case you haven’t already heard, Manny Pacquiao is a SuperStar. Not only does Pacquiao pack 51,000 in Cowboys Stadium, but Pacquiao also does 700,000 PPV Buys against an unknown. I mean Clottey is known, but Clottey is really only known to the die hard boxing fans that really follow the sport. I got to be honest here when I say that I am very surprised to hear that high figure. I was expecting for Pacquiao/Clottey to do somewhere between 400,000-550,000 PPV Buys.
Money Mayweather can say that he is the bigger draw since Mayweather/De La Hoya, Mayweather/Hatton, and Mayweather/Marquez did larger numbers than when Pacquiao faced Oscar, Ricky, and Juan Manuel. What can I say, the Gift of Gab is a great thing to have, but excitement these days, packs a harder punch. What I mean by that is that I feel that the word of the excitement that Pac-Man brings has now traveled around the world twice thus now making Pacquiao reach Icon status. MannyMania has landed and has now made Manny the biggest star and draw in the sport, how do I know this? Because no way in hell would Mayweather/Clottey ever pack 51,000 in any stadium, and it also wouldn’t do 700,000 PPV Buys or more.
Mosley/Mayweather Fever- A month and a week away from Mosley/Mayweather and I can not wait to see this bout. I am a fan of both fighters, ok ok I admit that I respect and admire Mosley more than I do Mayweather, but feelings aside Floyd is one of the best pure boxers ever. Shane on the other hand can not be ignored however, Shane to me is a combination of Timothy Bradley and Andre Berto rolled into one fighter. Which is why it kills me to hear most of the masses already talking Pacquiao/Mayweather.
I get it, money rules the world. Thing is that more money doesn’t always equal better fight. The more action packed fight would be the Clash Of The Titans match between Pacquiao and Mosley. Does that mean that I don’t want to see Mayweather/Pacquiao? Of course not, I would love to see #1 and #2 going at it to see who really reighns supreme. Curiosity is the driving force that drives me into the direction of Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, but the fan in me brings forth the adrenaline and would rather see Mosley/Pacquiao.
Truth be told, I really don’t see Pacquiao/Mayweather happening. I just do not see Mayweather backing away from his stance and I don’t see Pacquiao backing away from his stance. Why throw everything away over ego? So is ego and ego alone to blame for this position? That all depends on who you ask. What I do know is that all this future big fight talk is making Mosley a very dangerous man. The forgotten always seems to reappear and remind us all of who or what it really is.
So Pacquiao has now done his part and punched the snot out of Clottey, now Mayweather must do his part. Is Pacquiao/Mayweather really that close? I feel that it may be farther apart than it’s ever been. Something tells me that Mosley would love to close the book shut on all the Pacquiao/Mayweather dream match talk. I’m done talking Pacquiao/Mayweather or Pacquiao/Mosley for that matter, the talk now is Mosley/Mayweather. Mosley The man with the heart of a lion against Mayweather the Master Boxer.