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Monday, April 19, 2010

Is Shane Mosley the luckiest fighter of this generation?

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Dallas Boxing Examiner | Matt Stolow

An interesting thought I read Friday by Asian Correspondent Edwin Espejo Friday was basically saying a Shane Mosley loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 1st in Las Vegas could still make Mosley the next bonafide opponent for Manny Pacquiao.

It reminded me of a logical comment by "Sonny in Dallas" one day many years ago when he figured that Evander Holyfield was at the time the luckiest and highest-grossing fighter in the world without ever beating the best.

Could Mosley be the luckiest fighter since Holyfield twenty years ago and of the 21st Century?

Holyfield, the world's No. 1 heavyweight contender to champion Mike Tyson had delayed his mandatory opportunity against Tyson three times when James "Buster" Douglas upset Tyson.

"The Real Deal Holyfield" immediately pounced on his mandatory No. 1 opportunity to fight Douglas for the title before a Tyson-Douglas rematch. Holyfield destroyed Douglas and in the meanwhile Tyson went off to jail leaving a popular Holyfield to fight very popular "Big" George Foreman in one of the biggest box office smashes in history.

It wasn't for years later after Tyson was released from prison that Holyfield fought him twice - the second time because of the ear-bite and then he fought Lennox Lewis twice in big-money fights- the second time because of bad judging. We're talking grossing over $200 million in his career.

Mayweather, just has to be, well, Mayweather and create an environment along with either Golden Boy or whoever reps for him that makes the dream Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight simply too convoluted to make.

It could be over well worn-out topics like percentages or blood-testing, or something more sinister to be announced. Either way, it would prove in any court of law Mayweather simply doesn't want the fight and just a hunch but possibly Golden Boy doesn't want to give up its lap of luxury with possible cozy deals in Las Vegas with particular casinos.

Mosley has been awarded with two fights with Oscar De La Hoya which made him fabulously wealthy, and rematches with Vernon Forest and Winky Wright, two of the three men to defeat him.

That's one hell of a career. Only his fifth loss, a clear but competitive unanimous decision to Miguel Cotto hasn't created a rematch but Mayweather May 1st and either a Mayweather rematch or going directly into a Pacquiao promotion isn't too shabby a deal for a 38-year-old given up on many times and once promoted by Cedric Kushner.

As long as Mosley fights well and isn't destroyed in the eyes of the public, he'll could be invited back and a Pacquiao vs. Mosley is made easily!

Espejo, of General Santos City, wrote that Mayweather doesn't want to fight Pacquiao in his prime years. "Money May" has already put the boxing industry through one 21 - month retirement before settling on an over-matched and under-sized Juan Manuel Marquez and later turning on Pacquiao when he was seemingly all out of excuses with his outlandish blood-testing demands.

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