Friday, April 30, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
By Michael Woods
No surprises at the weigh in for Saturday night's welterweight clash between undefeated Floyd Mayweather, who's seeking to grab pound for pound top billing and wider acclaim as an all-time great, and Shane Mosley, seeking the signature win as his career winds down.
The 33-year-old Mayweather weighed 146 pounds. Mosley, age 38, was 147 pounds in the weigh in held at the MGM in Las Vegas, the site of tomorrow night's tussle. Some will recall Mayweather spurred some drama when he came in heavy for his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez last May. The contract called for the fighters to weigh 144 or less, and Mayweather weighed 146 pounds, and had to pay off JMM for the extra poundage.
Tommy Hearns appeared, and greeted the crowd. He said every time he sees Ray Leonard he flashes back to 1989, and asks Ray if he wants to fight one more time. Joe Calzaghe, Marco Antonio Barrera, Joe Calzaghe, Andre Berto, Sergio Mora, Juan Manuel Marquez and Ricky Hatton were also in the house, according to Michael Buffer, who emceed with comedian George Wallace. Berto said he thinks Mayweather will take it, and said he'd like to fight whoever wins.
The main undercard for the big bout is a Saul Canelo Alvarez-Jose Miguel Cotto clash, Alvarez scaled in at 150 pounds, while Cotto weighed 149 pounds. Regular readers know I'm not a fan of the less than stacked undercards that we are given. This one might be a barn burner, but call me greedy, what about another title fight, or even two, for the premium price people will be paying? Go the UFC route, and give people a bunch of compelling bouts, instead of using PPV undercards as resume builders/infomercials for the rest of your stable. It's a no brainer, from my perspective, but from a short-term cost perspective, this makes sense to the promoters. You will never, ever, convince me of the validity and soundness of this practice.