Mayweather vs. Mosley: Preview and Prediction!
By Sean Pollock: Fight night is just days away… Floyd ‘Pretty Boy’ Mayweather (40-0-0) and ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley (46-5-0) are in the best shape of their lives and the long over due bout between two of the best welterweights of our era, if not ever, are going to get it on in an epic battle of gladiatorial proportions. I for one, cannot wait! A lot of emphasis had been placed on the Mayweather Vs Pacquiao meeting, but in some peoples eyes this fight could be a closer, more interesting display.
Floyd Mayweather- the centre of a lot of debates, love him or hate him, he is one of the most skilful and greatest boxers ever to lace up the gloves. Is he the greatest? Well, he seems to think so, and winning this fight would help him stake his claim to the much contested G.O.A.T title. Mayweather, as always, looks in fantastic shape and his positive demeanour gives him the mental stability to take on a warrior such as Mosley. Fast, intelligent and defensively acute, Floyd is a finely tuned fighter who could be too much for the older ‘Sugar’. But don’t be hasty to conclude that I’m of the opinion that Mosley is finished- I’m not, in fact, he’s far from it. Mosley showed he has plenty in the tank by knocking out Antonio Margarito early last year. However, Floyd has the ability to make other boxers look poor, yes, his fights might be ‘boring’ for some fans, but I think if Mosley is not 100% on form that night then Mayweather could make him ‘look old overnight’ as the saying goes.
As for ‘Sugar’ Shane, the humble gladiator- who is undoubtedly one of the greats of our era- the question people are pondering is, is he is past it? Ok, his years are advancing and at 38 it’s now or never, but don’t be deceived by his age, it gives him a certain level of maturity which enhances his ring acumen and ability to adapt to fights- he’s seen it all. The man from California still has a devastating left hook and a crisp right hand- he is not to be underestimated on May 1st.
It can sometimes be a dangerous game putting your fight predictions in writing, especially on a site with boxing enthusiasts. Although, I think there’s nothing more to be expected on Saturday night than a typical Mayweather fight. My head tells me Floyd is going to take Mosley to school- as he has done with many of his opponents. A points victory for Mayweather is my official predication for the fight of the year. I may come to regret that with an onslaught of responses from Mosley fans post fight…and quite frankly I hope I do. By no means am I looking for an escape route from the prediction, but Shane is a very likable fighter. A fighter who deserves his legacy more than Mayweather who fights for just money- now yes his response for that is, “I’m a prize-fighter, that’s what I’m supposed to fight for”, but you get the sense Shane is fighting for so, so much more than money. The look in Mosley’s eyes says I want this more than anything I’ve ever wanted- his prize on May 1st is pride, legacy and honour; admirable.
I think Mayweather may just be too quick, intelligent and simply too good for the elder Mosley. I don’t think Mosley can beat Mayweather on points, he will have to knock him out- easier said than done. Although I think ‘Pretty Boy’ will win… if anyone is to ever land a big right hand and knock out Floyd and his ‘0’, I hope it’s Shane. But that’s the view of me, just one highly anticipating fight fan, the question is, “Who R U picking?”.
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