Monday, March 15, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
Now the pressure is on Floyd Mayweather Jr.
With Manny Pacquiao getting past Joshua Clottey Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in their welterweight title fight, the fighter now known as "Money" is hard pressed to beat "Sugar" Shane Mosley on May 1 if only to get their potentially blockbuster showdown still on track.
If we get that fight, I have no doubt in my mind that Manny would break through that defense by just pounding on (Mayweather's) shoulder until it breaks.
– Freddie Roach, Pacquiao trainer
A Mayweather loss two months from now at the MGM Grand where Mosley’s World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight crown will be at stake, could be very damaging.
"The people want that fight, they want to see that fight so it’s up to him," said Pacquiao, giving the crowd of more than 50,000 inside the Cowboys Stadium the reason to roar minutes after the current holder of the mythical pound-for-pound title retained his WBO title belt with a dominating performance over Joshua Clottey.
"But he should win against Mosley. If not, Mosley and I will fight."
Instead of Clottey, Pacquiao was already penciled to meet Mayweather last Saturday in a bout projected to be the biggest and richest in boxing history.
A last-minute disagreement on the drug-testing protocol, however, shot down the prospect of seeing two of the best fighters in the world, pound-for-pound, squaring off inside the ring.
Junior insisted that he and Pacquiao submit to a random, Olympic-style drug testing before and after the fight, a demand flatly rejected by the Filipino southpaw.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s outspoken trainer, challenged Mayweather to just concentrate on his work as a boxer and let the boxing body do its own job.
"It’s the fight the world wants to see. Me and Manny want to see it. Floyd, let the (boxing) commission do its job. You don’t run the sport. Get into the ring and fight us," he said.
And Roach believes once they make the fight, Pacquiao will show not even an excellent defensive fighter like Mayweather could withstand the Pacman’s power.
"If we get that fight, I have no doubt in my mind that Manny would break through that defense by just pounding on his shoulder until it breaks," Roach said.
"We will show how to crush that Mayweather defense and we will crush him."
Top Rank Promotions’ Bob Arum was in the same page as Roach, saying the rules of the state commission where the fight will be held should be the ones to be followed, and not by any personal demands made outside of the negotiations.
Arum doesn’t doubt that once Pacquiao gets Mayweather to agree in fighting him,
the Pacman will pick the American apart.
"Manny will break down any defense," he said. “He never gets tired. He throws a million punches. If Mayweather doesn't come out of his shell Manny will pile up the points like he did (against Clottey)."
"When you're in with a buzz saw, it's very difficult to do anything. Manny prevented Clottey from throwing his punches by throwing his own punches, and he throws from so many angles." – GMANews.TV