Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
Boxing Examiner | Michael Marley
Lopez to Mosley: "Can you knock Floyd out?"
Lopez: "Will you knock Floyd out?"
Mosley: "I will knock Floyd out."
That was the usually mild-mannered Shane Mosley hyped up and talking sabong style, like THE cock of the walk on TBS' George Lopez Show Monday.
Be advised Oscar de la Hoya, who was also on the program, is thicker than the blood from a random drug test with the host. Btw, Lopez is extremely funny, not funny like Floyd Mayweather, but is intentionally a laugh riot.
Looking through the packaged quotes boxing flacks send around is like dumpster diving.
It's dirty work but, occasionally the diver can find a pearl if he digs deep enough through the muck, the mire and various swine parts.
It's a rare thing because normally what happens is you get the “I do my talking in the ring” quotes and the “Herbie puts on his pants one leg at a time just like I do” variety, the sleep-inducing remarks.
So call me Mr. Piggy if you will but I just hit on a treasure trove discovery whilst reading Los Angeles Times fight scribe Lance Pugmire's report on Shane Mosley Media Day Monday in Pasadena.
Mr. Pugmire unearthed a sizzling remark or two which bear serious comment and reflection.
The Mosley camp came down from their Big Bear Mountain lair. I guess it's about a 90 minute ride down the hill over to Pasadena, something like that.
Puggy culled a real gem of a quote from Mosley's highly respected trainer and Antonio Margarito illegal handwrap whistleblower Naazim Richardson which is sure to offend Mosley's May 1 opponent, egomaniac Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Forget Mayweather's 40-0 record, Richardson said. He think that, if Mosley does what he is capable of doing through the first rounds, sweeping each one on the scorecards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, that Money May might quit.
FLOYD MAYQUITTER? It does have a certain ring to it, you might say, but is it a ring of credibility?
Yes, I said the “Q word” as Q-U-I-T.
Richardson throws gasoline on the fistic fire by theorizing that, if he knows he is behind 5-0 after 15 minutes of boxing, that Mayweather will lean on his contractual crutch, the rematch clause which requires an immediate second bout should L'il Floyd suffer a Big Loss.
"We could get through five rounds of this thing up 5-0," Richardson said. "At that point, Mayweather may just say, ‘Forget it, I've got a rematch guaranteed. Try again next time.' "
Highly respected trainer Naazim Richardson doesn't talk trash but he says that, if his man Shane Mosley sweeps rounds one through five, mentally dejected Mayweather might quit mentally, lean on his rematch crutch. (Facebook)
"It's something that could happen," Mosley said Monday inside the dressing room of the Classic Kickboxing Gym. "I feel good. Things are going pretty well for me. I'm excited about this fight; I'm ready to make history. We've worked diligently on this fight plan. It's a great one, it's going to work."
"I'm not giving him nothing; he can figure out what I'm going to do May 1," Mosley said.
Mayweather's uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, scoffed at the notion of the rematch clause affecting his nephew's effort.
"Floyd is the most skilled … fighter in the sport," Roger Mayweather said. "He doesn't care about a rematch. That doesn't mean [anything]. [Richardson's] only saying what Shane has to do to win the fight. Bring all the pressure he wants. Floyd's more skilled, and I've been around boxing longer than [Richardson]."
I give this mental round to Richardson and Mosley, 10-9.
But it may work against them come fight night.
Such a publicly made allegation might fire Mayweather up a little extra.
Although I suppose the fact that Thursday is Uncle Sam Tax Due Day it should remind Mayweather about his pesky friends from the IRS and be motivation enough.
I would guess Money May is getting a tax extension but that doesn't mean he will "extend" Mosley, does it?
He calls himself Money May not Trophy Boy, you dig?
Let's see what happens because now, in case this does happen, it will put a huge cloud of suspicion over the rematch.