Friday, April 16, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
Pittsburgh Fight Sports Examiner | Scott Heritage
Floyd Mayweather was brash as usual when speaking to the media in Las Vegas today, and put forward some interesting ideas about his career and upcoming bout with Shane Mosley.
To start the ball rolling, Mayweather talked at length about how he was the best boxer in the world, and how he had beaten fighters like Mosley all his career.
"There is a blue print to beat him because he has lost five times already. But there is no blueprint to beat me. I think he feels the pressure. I don't have any pressure. I am just getting ready to fight."
While there are blueprints to beating Mosley, there is a largely successful one for beating Mayweather as well. Oscar De La Hoya fought a good fight against Mayweather, and lacked only the gas tank to get the job done.
Mosley of course isn't the same kind of fighter as Oscar though, and will have to rely more on his strength and speed than technique. The big difficulty with fighting Mayweather though is that he usually adapts to most fighters after the first few rounds.
"I think Shane is acting out of character. Why would someone wait until they were 38 years old to get a tattoo? I think he feels the pressure of this fight and is thinking about how he is going to beat me"
While getting a tattoo suddenly at the age of 38 is certainly strange move, but it probably doesn't have anything to do with the fight. Mosley went through a divorce not long ago, which probably accounts for any seemingly sudden changes he's making. I think even if the fight had never happened Mosley would have gotten the same tattoo.
"No one has a chance to beat me. All of these fighters do the same interviews, talking about how they are going to beat me. Guess what? Same interviews, same results. It hasn't happened yet."
Claiming that there is literally no one who could conceivably beat him is a little beyond the confines of reality for someone who still has a long way to go in clearing out his current division. Throughout Mayweather's career many have accused him of ducking the best fighters when he should have been looking for them. Even now many doubt he will ever step into the ring against Manny Pacquiao, and like the rest of the division he didn't want anything to do with Paul Williams.
Perhaps Mayweather should have changed his speech to "No one I will take a fight against has a chance to beat me". Of the opponents Mayweather has faced though, Mosley probably has the best chance outside of De La Hoya.
Arnold Lister, Pittsburgh: "Only Mayweather would declare no one has a chance to beat him. If he wasn't the future star Oscar would have gotten that decision and he would already have a loss"
James, Hollister Greensburg:"The stuff Mayweather was saying about Mosley was true in a way, he does struggle against boxers. At the same time though Mayweather struggles with speed, and Mosley hits a lot harder than Judah"