Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
Las Vegas Boxing Examiner | Chris Robinson
The May 2010 issue of the Ring is in newsstands now and several fighters and storylines can be found within the 130 pages of the magazine. With a Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley bout just weeks away the Ring’s cover is an excellent design by David Romanosky, depicting the two Welterweights in action. Some of the highlights of the recent issue can be found below…
Mayweather-Mosley: More Than Just a Superfight
Editor-in-Chief Nigel Collins opens up by analyzing the matchup between Floyd and Shane, going over what the contest means to the sport.
“Stylistically, it’s not a straightforward bull vs. matador match,” Collins says. “Nobody is expecting Ali-Frazier. There is, however, enough of a contrast in styles to make a difference. Although both fighters have superior speed and excellent technique, Mayweather is a defensive wizard and Mosley an aggressive boxer-puncher. If Mosley has one great fight left in him at age 38, it could conceivably be an exhilarating struggle.”
Collins closes out his ‘Ringside’ piece by stating that everything is in place for a memorable night on the 1st but that it is ultimately up to the fighters to make it happen.
Experts weigh in on Mayweather-Mosley
Joseph Santoliquito touched based with twenty experts from the United States, Europe, and England on what they think will transpire when the two fighters meet. Not surprisingly, Mayweather was the heavy favorite among the panelists of fighters, trainers, writers, and insiders. Here are a few quotes of what some people are saying.
Paulie Malignaggi, junior welterweight contender
“People get on Floyd’s back for not fighting certain top fighters but fighting Shane Mosley makes a statement in itself. Shane is a dangerous fighter, but I can see Floyd making adjustments during the fight. He’s a very cerebral fighter. It’s why I can see him winning a decision.”
Brian Kenny, ESPN analyst
“I love the fight. I think it’s the second fight Mayweather should have had. I still see the fight going the way all Floyd Mayweather fights go. I was extremely impressed by what Floyd did against Marquez. He was on point, his game plan was tight. I don’t see him taking a lot of shots from Shane, but if you can’t hit the guy, you can’t beat him.”
Lou Dibella, promoter
“Right now I feel that Mayweather will win a clear-cut, non-controversial decision. If you asked me a few years ago, it would have been a different decision. But look at Margarito’s face when he went into the ring that night. He had to be a complete wreck walking out with his advantages gone. As marvelous as I think Shane is, I go with Mayweather by clear decision.”
Andre Berto, WBC welterweight champion
“It’s going to definitely be a competitive fight. Mosley can’t let Floyd get too comfortable. Shane has the speed and power to offset Floyd’s technique. It will be a toss-up, but I’ll say Floyd by decision.”
Timothy Bradley, WBO jr. welterweight champion
“I’m going to go with Mayweather for this fight. I think Mosley will be in a lot of trouble against a boxer like Mayweather, as opposed to someone who comes slugging at him. Mosley will have to be the aggressor and that’s not his style. Mayweather will use his movement and pot shot.”
A breakdown of Pacquiao’s political ambitions
Pages 24 through 29 of the magazine focus on Manny Pacquiao and his latest fight, this one taking place outside of the boxing ring, as he gears up for another run towards congress. Author Ted Lerner takes a look at Pacquiao’s impact on his native Philippines, his desire to become intertwined in politics, and what the decision means to his career as a fighter and life in general. Here are some experts from that piece…
The love of a country…
‘To fully understand the true extent of Manny Pacquiao’s extremely rarified and exalted position in the psyche of Filipinos, one only needs to know this: If he never did another thing for the rest of his life, Filipinos would exalt Manny Pacquiao to his dying days as if he were some kind of god. The never-ending accolades, the bragging and bravado of a normally polite and sweet people are all a manifestation of Filipinos experiencing something completely new in their midst – one of their own is a worldwide sporting phenomenon.’
Coming back from a different kind of defeat…
‘In 2007, without a shred of political experience, he ran for a congressional seat in the district of his hometown, General Santos City, on the large southern Philippine island of Mindanao. After reportedly spending more than $4-million, he was summarily crushed by a well-entrenched incumbent, helped by Pacquiao’s very own constituents, who voted against him because they didn’t want their boxing hero lost to the stinking world of politics. Apparently, though, Pacquiao, who has a taste for victory, didn’t take the loss too well. So now, despite the please of almost every Filipino and even many of his close friends, he will try again to win a congressional seat, this time in a neighboring district.’
The fighter of our dreams…
‘For boxing fans around the world, this is a legitimate concern than con only have a happy ending if Pacquiao loses his election bid. It’s perhaps a selfish concern, but who can blame us? Pacquiao is the fighter of our dreams, a humble man who always comes to fight with reckless abandon, always versus the best competition, always kicking some serious butt – and always with a polite smile and good word for everyone. With Pacquiao we are having our cake and eating it too. Is this whirling dervish of a fighting phenomenon really going to leave us now for the world of public policy making?’
‘“The reason I am running for Congress is that my town needs somebody who can bring in more economic opportunities for my people,” Pacquiao told reporters a week after defeating Miguel Cotto. “Because I am fortunate enough to be famous, perhaps as a congressman I can attract bigger businesses to our area and provide more revenues.”’
‘I am not Golota’: Examining Tomasz Adamek’s Heavyweight Campaign
When Poland's Tomasz Adamek announced that he would be making the move to the heavyweight division it was met with some definite confusion. Just three years ago Adamek was campaigning as a light heavyweight and later enjoyed a very successful run in the cruiserweight division, where he captured the IBF strap while besting the likes of Steve Cunningham, Jonathon Banks, and O'Neil Bell. Adamek’s decision to move up one more division was a puzzling one and the Ring took a look at Adamek’s future above 200 pounds.
HBO analyst Larry Merchant feels that it was a wise decision for the 33-year old to make the move to heavyweight while noting that is where Adamek would be able to generate the most interest in his still relevant career. Showtime analyst Steve Farhood says that while he can see Adamek beating a top-10 heavyweight he certainly has trouble envisioning him making a run towards domination in his new weight class.
Adamek is currently lined up in an extremely tantalizing battle this coming April 24th as he will be going up against crude but powerful Chris Arreola at The Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Arreola is more dangerous than Adamek’s previous two heavyweight opponents, Andrew Golota and Jason Estrada, and will give us the answers we are looking for in Tomasz. If successful, a showdown with WBA champion David Haye could very well be on the horizon for Adamek.
‘I like being quiet. That’s who I am’: One on one with Chad Dawson
Regarded by many as the world’s premier light heavyweight, ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson is dying for a breakout year in 2010. Either WBC champion Jean Pascal or IBF kingpin Tavoris Cloud would help to thrust the Connecticut-based fighter back into the spotlight, as he was caught up in rematches with Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson in 2009. The Ring’s Joseph Santoliquito spoke in depth with Dawson about his hardships coming up, chasing success, his family, and much more. Here are some experts from their one on one…
His greatest victories…
“When I fought Eric Harding the first time, everyone was saying I wasn’t ready for him. They said Gary Shaw was pushing me too fast. I’ll never forget what Harding said: “It’s a boy against a man.” Only a few people knew that I was going to win that fight. That’s my father, my mother, and my wife. No one thought I would beat Harding outside of them. I’d also put the Tomasz Adamek fight right up there. That was a great victory, and it’s looking better and better each time he wins. I didn’t put the second Johnson [fight] up there because I wanted to show everyone my hand speed and my legs. That Harding and Adamek fights are the fights that made me and put me where I am today. In my eyes, those are the two fights that stand out the most.”
Dealing with success…
“I think I’m dealing with it well. But I am dealing with the same things I dealt with before people saw me fight on TV. I don’t think I’ve changed. I still help my family and do the things I’ve always been doing. I just drive a nicer car than I used to drive. I’m not that different than I was before. But the way I am, you want to do as much as you can for people. But the one time you can’t, you’ve become too big-time for people. They think you’ve changed.”
His wife Crystal…
“She’s the backbone. She’s everything. Team Dawson is basically, me, her, my three kids, and my family. She’s the backbone of this house. The things I don’t feel comfortable doing, like yelling at the kids, she handles it. She’s a part of everything. If she sees something she doesn’t think is right, she’s let someone know. She doesn’t take any s***, that’ show she is. A tough dude like myself, I need a tough woman like that. She’s actually tougher than me.”
Also in the magazine
- The upcoming fourth encounter between Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez is looked at in depth in the magazine, from analyzing the previous three fights between the two men, breaking down the May 22nd showdown, as well as looking at the future of each man. While neither fighter may in their physical prime anymore it still seems to be the ideal showdown in their respected careers.
- Sarcastic Ivan Goldman takes a few digs at Antonio Margarito’s return to the ring, jokingly breaking the news that that Tijuana fighter is considering hiring ‘Underpants Bomber’ Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as his new hand-wrapper. While Adbulmutallab may have lots to learn about boxing, Goldman points out that he knows plenty about ‘concealing lethal materials’.
- Don Stradley takes a look at one of Philadelphia’s greatest fighters in Tommy Loughran. Loughran was the former light heavyweight champion of the world who did battle with the likes of Primo Carnera, Max Baer, and James J. Braddock.
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