Arum: Mosley is a “dangerous fighter” for Pacquiao
By Chris Williams: Both Bob Arum and Alex Ariza suddenly think 39-year-old Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KO’s) is a good opponent for Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO’s). It’s weird because both Ariza and Arum weren’t excited about Mosley until recently when Mosley picked out to face Pacquiao on May 7th.
Mosley hasn’t looked good in quite some time and it’s hard to see what Ariza and Arum see in Mosley that I’m missing. To me, Mosley looks totally shot, a fighter that can no longer pull the trigger and who wears out quickly. But to Arum, it’s a whole different ballgame. He sees something in Mosley that he feels will make Pacquiao a good opponent.
In an article at the manila Bulletin, Arum said “Mosley is a very dangerous fighter. He hasn’t been knocked out.” That may be, but just because Mosley hasn’t been knocked out it doesn’t make him a “dangerous fighter.” It just means that Mosley will hang around longer looking frozen, old and clueless.
Ariza said this about Mosley: “When the stakes are high, a fighter like Mosley can put on a superb performance.” I think I’m going to be sick. It looks like Ariza is trying to sell this mismatch as well. He was so against Pacquiao fighting Mosley in the past, and now look at how Ariza has changed his tune. To be sure, Mosley was someone you could count on to put on a great performance earlier in his career, but that was many moons ago. Now Mosley just looks shot and appears to be hand picked opponent for Pacquiao to get an easy win and a nice payday without the risk.
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