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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I give first round to Mayweather over Mosley: Floyd hires slick Forbes

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Boxing Examiner | Michael Marley

An ideal sparring partner for Sugar Shane Mosley, now less than a month away from trying to end Floyd Mayweather's 40 bout undefeated streak, would have been Stevie "Two Pound" Forbes.

The personable Forbes, who put so many dents in Oscar de la Hoya's face when they fought that the vainglorious one was late for the postfight presser because he added makeup to cover up, was the first guy I thought of who should be in Mosley's camp up at Big Bear Lake, in the mountains of SoCal.

I reached out to Forbes on Facebook and asked who he thought could emulate Mayweather, shoulder rolls and all, to benefit Mosley's training.

Like an electricfied jab to the nose, Forbes responded in a prompt and timely manner.

"The only person that has trained with those guys and has had success fighting in that style is me. And Mayweather beat him to the punch on that one because

Now don't get me wrong. Mosley can find guys with good hand and foot speed. And his camp can dig up some counterpunchers.

But their Number 1 selection as a sparmate should have been the obvious choice, Forbes.

I give the "opening round" then to Mayweather.

By taking Forbes off the sparring table, he helped himself and put Mosley at a disadvantage at the same time.

I guess Mayweather and his crew have their thinking caps on already.

I am keen to discover who then His Sugarship will use for batting practice.

Forbes is also held in high regard in the Manny Pacquiao camp. He has sparred with the Pinoy Idol numerous times, lastly for the Joshua Clottey bout, and has a nice rapport with Coach Freddie Roach.

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