Manny Pacquiao vs Sugar Shane Mosley – Review
By Gerardo Granados: There was an authentic Circus around the selection of Congressman Manny Pacquiao´s next opponent, too much names considered but only one choice, the obvious one. Fans around the world had different opinions but at the end there was no surprise and money was the primal factor to determine who would be the next opponent of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion.
Why Shane is the right choice according to the promoters? because this bout will give to all the involved big revenues, besides as it was stated average fans don’t know who Juan Manuel Marquez is, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has too many legal problems, Sergio Martinez is too big and he wont fight below 154 pounds and still be competitive, and Berto cant pull big pay-per-view (PPV) numbers.
Is Shane a real threat to Manny? He will be almost 40 years old by the time he fights Pacman, he will have 18 years as a professional boxer, his best days are long gone (perhaps as a lightweight), he will have only 5 fights in a lapse of 42 months since he lost UD12 to Miguel Angel Cotto (WBA World welterweight) to the date he will fight against Pacquaio. He draw against Sergio Mora in his last fight, he lost by UD 12 to Floyd Mayweather, stopped Margarito in 9 rounds the same night that Antonio was caught previous their fight with illegal hand wraps, he beat Ricardo Mayorga KO 12 in a close fight, and lost by UD12 to prime Miguel Angel Cotto; in his last five fights has a record of W2-L2-D1.
Manny Pacman Pacquiao´s fans wont admit that this is not a competitive fight, they will defend his idol and be belligerent against who ever dares to think opposite to them. Meanwhile Sugar Shane Mosley´s fans will believe and will be certain that Shane is the favourite, these fans wont admit Shane is way past his prime and wont recognize that this is a big payday for Shane to be used as a step stone to glorify Pacquiao´s legacy.
Roach factor – first he will say Pacman will win by decision but also will say that Mosley is still a very dangerous fighter, later on he will say that Pacman can stop Shane in the late rounds; he will hype the fight saying Pacman hasn’t trained properly and finally he will state that Pacman will be able to KO Shane in the early rounds of the fight.
Congressman duties factor – Pacquiao isn’t training as he should, he is been distracted meanwhile Shane is all business in the gym.
Writers and sports journalist will go wild, some will see Shane winning others will see Manny. Perhaps someone will advice Pacman of any accidental headbutt that may ocurr in his fight against Shane. Some writers will say that Shane looks weight drained. Pacquiao will be hyped as the only 8 different weight divisions champion about to beat a current tremendous fighter (not a former). At press conference Shane will look sharp, will look fast and accurate in training, they will say he has the experience and skills to beat Pacman, and many will start to believe that he has a real chance to beat Pacman, Sport press will compare Floyd victory against Shane, to the eventual outcome of the fight.
Reality is: that this is a tremendous business, this fight will sell high PPV numbers, most of the buys will be purchased by casual fans, Roach picked Shane because he is certain they can beat him, this will be a big action fight but wont be competitive, Pacman will win and his fans will crown him as the greatest of all times. At the end who cares about real competition. And if by any chance Shane wins it will be the upset of the century.
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