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Monday, April 5, 2010

'Who R U Picking?': Pacquiao picks Mosley, Roach goes for Mayweather; Fans weigh in

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Filipino Sports Examiner | Dennis "dSource" Guillermo

"Who R U Picking?"

That's what promoters of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus 'Sugar' Shane Mosley bout on May 1 wants to ask you. Quite honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if the Golden Boy himself coined it. R U cereal? I mean, come on right? Since when did boxing tap middle school kids to come up with fight slogans?

Regardless, this fight will be met with much anticipation as two of the best fighters of this era finally get their date with destiny and make history inside the right against each other.

Money vs. Sugar. Perfection vs. Respect. Defense vs. Offense. Each man trying to define their legacy. Get ready to see what in some states is considered, black on black crime. Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Shane Mosley on May 1st at the MGM in Las Vegas is simply too intriguing of a match-up to not want to see. And no, I didn't get paid a single cent to hype it. I'm simply a boxing fan first and foremost and as a true follower of the sport, how can't tell me this fight doesn't interest you.

It seems that fans and people around boxing are torn on who the winner of this fight would be. Mayweather is the betting favorite, but Mosley has repeatedly defied his critics and his age with remarkable victories against younger top-flight opponents like Antonio Margarito.

Even Manny Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach have conflicting views as to who will come out on top.

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“Shane’s my friend and I hope he wins but he has trouble with speed and movement and likes guys to come to him so it’s going to be difficult,” Roach said in a guest column on London’s Boxing News as quoted in The Philippine Star article.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, has been saying that Mosley would prevail over Mayweather.

“I’m for Shane Mosley,” the pound-for-pound king said in an article by Abac Cordero of The Philippine Star.

“He must do the right preparation. If he does, then he has a very good chance against Mayweather,” he said of the World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion who has 46 wins (with 39 KOs), 5 losses and 1 no contest.

So I went out and asked fans and boxing experts what they thought about this match-up. Whether you think this is the eliminator fight to determine who will be facing Pacquiao next, or the real fight to determine the best fighter in boxing, you can't ignore the significance of Mayweather-Mosley.

Read what fans had to say:

Ryan Maurice Godley - Mayweather by UD for three reasons:

1. Effective Aggressiveness
There is a big difference in the aggression that people want to see vs what judges are looking for. Look for Mosley to hype the crowd up by throwing a lot of blows that will be slipped and/or blocked via the shoulder roll while you see Mayweather attacking with precision at times beneficial to him. Contrary to popular belief, Mayweather does engage hence why he wins fights. Ask me to prove it and I will gladly show you plenty of examples.

2. Clean punching.
While Mosley will be throwing alot more punches, it will be Floyd who lands the cleaner, more effective (not necessarily harder) punches. Again its not what the fans want to see, but its what the judges look for.

3. Ring Generalship
Due to the fact that Mayweather is smarter than the average brawler, he wont sit there and trade shots toe to toe with the stronger Mosley. Mayweather will make Mosley fight his fight. This is what it means to be the ring general. He will dictate the pace of the fight. Once again, there is a big difference between aggressiveness vs effective aggressiveness.

Expect my more in-depth Mayweather-Mosley prediction article on

Kenneth Villarante - "Mosley by UD or late stoppage..I'm putting my money on it!!....KFC was cornered to fight grandpa Mosley. Sugar Shane has all what it takes, speed, power, size and skills stylewise to beat this overhyped trickster clown."

Chris Marasigan - "Mayweather by UD. No doubt about it. Mosley lost to defensive fighters when he was young. Mayweather is the maestro of defense and sugar is already 38! As much as i hate Floyd, i dont think mosley can defeat him..."

Paul Magtibay - "Mosley, he'll get hit from time to time floyd has pin point counter punches but if mosley pushes the action early and stays on him and let loose, i think hel k.o mayweather.but if not mayweather UD"

Chito Katangkatang - "Hate to admit it but Floyd is more skilled than Old Sugar. Floyd by decision. Or another angle would be. MAYWEATHER by fixed game!"

Harvey Castellano - Mayweather will win but I'm boycotting this fight. Not giving my money to a guy who is ducking Manny. No Filipinos should pay for this fight.

Highcouncil Illament - You can't beat Mayweather on a decision. UD to May or TKO-KO by Shane. I will gladly pay for this fight as a Filipino because I love boxing and this is good for boxing. We'll see if this leads to a showdown with Manny.

Rene Bonsubre - Sugar Shane will kick Floyd's a$$. Mayweather is an excellent natural athlete but I don't think he has the heart of a fighter. In the face of adversity and against an opponent that can beat him, Floyd's character will unravel...and it's colored yellow.

Loubert Lawrence T Diaz - Mayweather via SD. As much as id like to see the guy lose, Mosley isn't in his prime anymore and just might not have much left in the tank. I figure this is gonna be a OLDH-Mayweather all over again.

Mosley will have his moments. Mayweather will just play chicken all night. Picking his spots, pot shotting carefully. But mosely aint no marquez. he can Bang.The key to victory in this fight is who can out think and make quick adjustments throughout the fight.

Sean Ong - I see Floyd winning by decision. I think Mosley's over aggressiveness will be his own undoing. It's easy to get frustrated when fighting a fighter whose style is always to disengage. Once Mosley feels Floyd always out of his reach, Mosley's game plan will go straight out the window.

But don't get me wrong. I want Mosley to win. I want to see an interesting three way tournament going on with them and Manny.

Charlie Remiendo - Mosley will win if they fight toe to toe!

Michael Marley - Charlie, If my aunt had testicles she would be my uncle...about as likely as Fraudweather going toe to toe

Francis Cuenco Ponce - Mosley will do the hopkins (vs jones, without the acting). He'll close the distance real quick, throw a combination, clinch..rinse and repeat. Mosley up the first half of the fight, which will force may to become more aggressive and that's not really his strenght. It's gonna cause him to open up more and Shande will capitalize on that. Shane 8 rounds to 4. But hey, what i do i know? picked Roy jones, jr to easily decision hopkins last night..and we already know what happened to that.

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