Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
Boxing Examiner | Michael Marley
Old time cowboy movies, sometimes referred to as horse operas, usually had nifty titles.
"Bad Day At Black Rock." "Gunfight at the OK Corral." "Boot Hill."
Before the flick unspooled, you knew you would see the good guys and the baddies mixing it up in wild shootouts, quite often inside of or right outside the Dry Gulch Saloon.
That's what gave the Western classics such rich historic flavor and substance.
There really was a Bucket Of Blood saloon in silver mining Mecca Virgin City, looming high above the Carson (Nevada) Valley and not far from Reno. It's still there.
We used to frolic there during my college years. There were those nights when the Rumpus Room in Reno had to be detoxified, you see.
On Saturday May 1, at the Manadalay Bay in Las Vegas, it's going to be a bad night for the guy wearing the white hat.
His name is Shane Donte Mosley and his fight against the villain Floyd Mayweather Jr. (he wears the black like hat Johnny Ringo or Pecos Bill used to) is not going to a bumpy ride.
As a public service to all you Mayweater haters, and I know you are legion, you're being setup like the Boomtown sheriff who walks into a trap and gets filled with lead.
this Congressional candidate from Sarangani can possibly derail the Mayweather Express Train (Pacland)
This won't be a fight, it's going to be an ambush.
Hide the women and children, I say.
Mosley, who turns 39 in September, is being used as Mayweather fodder and he has zero chance of winning this bout.
There I said it, zero. Maybe I should make it subzero.
It's not his fault but a quick look at Mosley's last eight opponents reveals why he will go into a panic and be continually frustrated when Mayweather starts with the shoulder rolls and the dipsy doodle defensive techniques he has perfected while mowing down 40 victims.
Mosley will be Victim No. 41.
Yes, Mosley stopped robotic Antonio Margarito in nine rounds. What relevance has that to fighting Mayweather?
Mouth That Roared: Mayweather will be crowing after he squashes older man Mosley on May 1 (AP Photo)
Ricardo Mayroga, much more crude, unpolished and less disciplined that Margocheato, he got halted in 12.
Are you seeing a pattern of foes who bear no ring resemblance to Money May?
Miguel Cotto, who can box some and punches well, nipped Mosley by decision.
Mosley outpointed lefty slickster and often avoided Luis Collazao, another opponent with no relevance to L'il Floyd.
Shane Mosley may not be more competitive with Mayweather than tiny tot Juan Ma was, Michael Marley opines (AP Photo)
Mosley collected two TKOs over brawler Fernando Vargas.
He took 10 round decisions over Jose Luis Cruz and David Estrada, neither one any big deal.
You've got reach all the way back to 2004 to find a masterful boxing stylist on Mosley's resume.
Through 24 rounds and two bouts, Mosley was clearly outpointed by Winky Wright on scorecards (two points twice and one point in the second bout and by six points twice and four points in the first).
With his southpaw stance and turtle shell defense, there's no comparison between Wright and Mayweather.
The Mayweather bout, with its big payday, comes at a time when the divorce drained Mosley can use the financial injection.
Better losing to Mayweather for millions than to young Andre Berto for a mere bag of peanut shells.
But it comes when his boxing shelf life is winding down.
Go back six, seven, eight years ago...maybe it would've been a different story.
We'll never know.
What I do know and what you Mayweather lovers and haters need to acknowledge is this...on May 1, there's going to be only one man standing when the smoke clears.
Foot speed, hand speed, better jab, superior defense, all factors on the Mayweather side of the ledger.
Mayweather is also considerably younger and with less ring mileage on his odometer.
Cheer for the guy in the white hat all you want, pardner, it won't make a difference.
The villain will be chilling with a dominant victory, whether you hate him like poison or just hate him regular.
Forgive me for being factual.
I know an ambush when I see it.
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
Tuesday, April 6: Sugar Shane Mosley Camp Update — Media update with news and recent activities in the Shane Mosley training camp including quotes and pictures.
Wednesday, April 7: Media Conference Call—Fathers Know Best as Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Jack Mosley share their thoughts on the stellar match-up that puts their sons’ skills and boxing acumen on the line for welterweight bragging rights. (1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT)
Thursday, April 8: Floyd Mayweather Camp Update — Media update with news and recent activities in the Floyd Mayweather training camp including quotes and pictures.
Monday, April 12: Shane Mosley Open Media Day — Los Angeles, CA (Location TBA, 11:00 a.m. PT)
*Note: Watch for Sugar Shane Mosley along with Oscar de la Hoya on the George Lopez Show. Seen on TBS at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tuesday, April 13: Trainers’ Media Conference Call — Roger Mayweather and Nazim Richardson
Wednesday, April 14: Floyd Mayweather Open Media Day — Las Vegas, NV (Mayweather Boxing Gym, 2:00 p.m. PT)
Tuesday, April 20: Shane Mosley Media Conference Call
Thursday, April 22: Floyd Mayweather Media Conference Call
Sunday, April 25: Olvera Street (Los Angeles, CA)—Coming to America Olvera Street Rally hosted by Oscar de la Hoya for Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” (“Cinnamon”) Alvarez as he makes his Mexican Independence Day and PPV debut. (Time TBA)
Tuesday, April 27: Fighter Grand Arrivals
Wednesday, April 28: Mayweather vs. Mosley Final Press Conference
Thursday, April 29: Mayweather vs. Mosley Undercard Press Conference, Trainer Roundtables and Satellite Media Tour
Friday, April 30: Mayweather vs. Mosley Official Weigh-In
Saturday, May 1: Mayweather vs. Mosley “Who R U Picking?”
*Events/Schedule Subject to Change Without Notice
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The Mayweather vs. Mosley pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $54.95, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Mayweather vs. Mosley fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com.
HBO’s Emmy® -Award-winning all-access series “24/7” premieres an all new edition when “24/7 Mayweather/Mosley” debuts Saturday, Apr. 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs on Friday, April 30, the night before the welterweight showdown in Las Vegas.