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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Who would boycott Mayweather vs. Mosley?

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New England Boxing Examiner | Peter Czymbor

One of the most common comments I get on my examiner page from readers is an urge for anyone reading to boycott Floyd Mayweather's (40-0, 25 KO's) welterweight title challenge against Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KO's) on May 1.

While these comments tend to come from die hard Manny Pacquiao fans who are reluctant to support anything Mayweather does because of allegations his team has made against the Pacman, I would think that true boxing fans would have an interest in the fight.

You certainly have two of the top three welterweights in the world fighting each other in this bout. Arguably, you also have two of the top three pound for pound fighters in the world in this fight.

Golden Boy Promotions is certainly expecting big numbers for PPV and closed circuit sales. CEO Richard Schaefer and President Oscar De La Hoya have said that they feel this will break the all time PPV record set by Mayweather vs. De La Hoya in 2007. They've been quoted estimating that it may do 3 million in PPV sales (that may be far fetched, but the bottom line is sales should be incredibly lucrative).

This bout will also have large closed circuit distribution thanks to a deal Golden Boy has with select movie theaters across the United States to show the fight.

So while some Pac fans say boycott, I say buy.

The fight should be more competitive, or at least more interesting in the ring than Pacquiao - Clottey (not Pac's fault, but Clottey hardly tried to win).

In wake of the Pacquiao - Mayweather potential megafight falling through, Mayweather vs. Mosley is the biggest fight there is and I'm looking forward to watching it.

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