Saturday, May 1, 2010
Las Vegas Boxing Examiner | Chris Robinson
Boxing is unique in that the majority of the fan base is made up of people with die-hard enthusiasm for the sport and you rarely see much mainstream attention turned to the sweet science. It takes a fight of great magnitude to get the everyday public’s full attention and such is the case with tonight’s Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley bout in Las Vegas, Nevada.
All one had to do was take a stroll through the main lobby and casino of the MGM Grand earlier today to get the full impact on how heavily tonight’s contest truly is. Fight week in Nevada is always full of excitement but there seems to be a special aura in the air this time around. People have come out in droves to attend the event, both fans and celebrities alike, and by the time the bell rings for round one the atmosphere will be likely be out of control.
Many boxing luminaries are in Sin City this weekend for the fight, many of whom are connected to either Mayweather or Mosley in certain ways. Among the list of pugilists include Fernando Vargas, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas ‘The Hitman’ Hearns, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Mike Tyson, Andre Berto, Sergio Mora, Joe Calzaghe, Oscar De La Hoya, Alfredo Angulo, and Erik Morales, among others.
Earlier today in the media room of the casino both Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz were in attendance for a press conference to announce their July 31st rematch. In February of last year Marquez stopped Diaz in the 8th round of a high-octane affair that was considered by many to be the fight of the year. Even in acknowledging the importance of their second bout both men seemed to realize that tonight belonged all to Mayweather and Mosley.
People from the worlds of entertainment and other high-profile sports have had a lot to say on the contest as well. Mayweather-Mosley is the type of fight that is a rarity because of the attention it has attracted and we can only hope the fight lives up to the hype.