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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Can Mayweather vs. Mosley sales double Pacquiao vs. Clottey?

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After the less than thrilling rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, and the significantly less visible but more exciting Haye vs. Ruiz bouts last weekend, a lot of attention seems to be shifting towards Mayweather vs. Mosley.

Whoever wins, a rematch clause has been added into Mayweather's side of the contract. If he either loses or the fight is a big money spinner, which it should be, then an immediate rematch isn't out of the question.

As for what numbers the pay per view will do, Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer optimistically predicted that this would be the biggest seller in boxing history. Obviously its Shaefers job to try to hype up his company's fights, but in terms of drawing power Mosley is certainly no De La Hoya.

Others with less of a vested interest are predicting around 1.5 million buys as a safe figure. The most likely case of affairs is that the card will be buoyed by the relative lack of other big fights thus far this year and should sell over this amount comfortably.

Other than the anticipated but underwhelming Pacquiao vs. Clottey fight in March and the tantalizing prospect of a possible Haye vs. Klitschko fight later on in the year, Mayweather and Mosley is the biggest bout so far confirmed.

Pacquiao and Mayweather are the biggest draws in the sport at the moment, and simply put, Mosley is the more interesting out there at the moment for either of them other than each other.

If Mayweather and Mosley sell a huge amount of pay per views, then we might well see Mayweather leaving Pacquiao in the cold while he rematches Mosley deliberately. Pacquiao would then probably take a fight against one of the his Top Rank stable mates in the mean time. Margarito seems to be the man for the job, and Bob Arum seems eager to push the issue even if the fans are less than thrilled.

Mayweather would then have a track record of outselling Pacquiao in their last two fights, with a man few would conventionally call a big seller. This would then give him the prefect platform to either dismiss ideas of a bout altogether, or demand the bigger share of the purse.

There have been calls from some Pacquao fans to boycott Mayweather and Mosley, although this won't be effective for a couple of reasons. Firstly most of them will still end up watching the fight anyway, and secondly because as much as some might dislike Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley is more or less universally liked by most fans.

Bob, Pittsburgh: "All the talk about Pacquiao and Maweather will probably make this one a really big seller. Josh Clottey was kind of a negative draw and anyone who knows anything about boxing knew he would fight like that"

Chris Finch, Pittsburgh PA: "It would be a real boost for GBP and Mayweather if they could double Pacquiao vs. Clottey. Mayweather would have a real case to demand a bigger share of the purse money then and could let all the drug testing s*** go"

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