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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Coldwell's Corner 29: Mayweather-Mosley a fight to face Pacquiao

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It’s Showtime! Floyd Mayweather v Shane Mosley is here this weekend and I can’t wait! I’m also going to be absolutely gutted while watching it on tv as I was supposed to be there in person; George Groves was due to box on the undercard but circumstances wiped that out.

So two of my favourite boxers of the past few years are finally getting it on. It’s a huge fight with so much on the line for both fighters. There’s a lot on the line for the sport too; it’s another superfight that needs to deliver. Two of the best fighters of the past decade colliding… if they deliver a good fight, it’ll be a great boost to the sport. If the fight is a bore, it becomes a massive let-down.

I can’t actually see this being anything other than a cracker. Mosley is going let his hands go, and with speed and tenacity, even when taking the role of a counter-puncher, he makes for an exciting fighter. I think Floyd will want to put on a show in this fight, to prove to the fans that he can outspeed and outsmart the older speedster and heavier puncher.

This is also a massive shop window for Floyd to raise his value in future negotiations for the superfight against the Manny Pacquiao. Despite how he acts, I think Mayweather loves the public adoration and that it’s not just about the cash. He’ll be wanting the fans to view him as favourite going into the blockbuster against Manny. He has a huge ego and knows that the fight with the Filipino will be one of the biggest in history, so whatever the differences and controversies, I think that fight is the one Mayweather really wants. I think that fight is the reason he chose Shane Mosley as an opponent. Everything Floyd does is for a reason.

Beating Mosley in impressive fashion puts the heat on Pacquiao. It builds up Floyd’s status going into the fight both financially and in the eyes of the fans.

Mosley sees this fight as the one that will bring him the recognition and respect that he feels (rightly in my opinion) has been lacking throughout his illustrious career. Forget the Oscar De La Hoya wins, the stunning performance against Antonio Margarito , this one is THE ONE. Floyd Mayweather is the superstar of our generation, an undefeated, multi-weight champion and probably the best since the Sugar Ray Leonard era. If Mosley becomes the first man to beat Floyd, people will view him in a totally different light. He’ll become THE MAN. No doubt the fight with Manny Pacquaio will be his.

To be honest, I don’t see any other fight that is big enough for either Mayweather or Mosley after this one. It’s got to be the Pacman. I don’t see Mayweather jumping in with a Paul Williams. He’s all wrong for Floyd. The risk for the money that would be on offer isn’t enough for me to think Mayweather would look at that.

Who else is out there that “Money” would see as worthwhile or that he could get up for? For Mosley, he’s 37 and a victory would propel him into whatever fight he wants. And being 37 and after the career he’s had, I can’t see him wanting to go after anyone other than Manny.

Mosley could just ‘age’ at any time, he’s had off nights before and so could well be beaten by one of the other contenders out there. He’d surely want to cash in and take the biggest fight out there next. Mosley is far easier to deal with than Team Mayweather so I really do think a Pacquiao fight would be made without a problem.

Whoever wins on Saturday night, I really hope it’s a cracker. I don’t know who I would rather see win so I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the fight.

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