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Friday, February 5, 2010

Mosley vs. Mayweather finally a true test

He has taken a real beating from the fans and the writers. Floyd Mayweather Jr has been the subject of many topics. These topics range from being arrogant to cherry picking his opponents in order to stack an undefeated record. When the notion that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao may happen, the fans all got excited and prayed that the fight would get done. Of course everyone knows now that the fight has proven difficult to get done, then throw in a lawsuit filed by Pacquiao against Mayweather for slander, and bam, no fight.

As a result of the fight falling through, the Floyd haters were even more angry and they pulled no punches voicing their opinions throughout the boxing forums. Mayweather's legacy took a hit, and his reputation of taking safe fights grew even worse.

It took a natural disaster in Haiti to finally get Floyd Mayweather Jr to sign a contract against an opponent who has a legitimate chance of beating him. In steps "Sugar" Shane Mosley, who was looking for an opponent after Andre Berto pulled out of the fight. Berto is from Haiti, and as we all know the earthquake hit his nation very hard.

Read more on the Mosley vs. Mayweather signing here - http://www.examiner.com/x-5699-Boxing-Examiner~y2010m2d3-Knock-me-over-with-a-feather-Heather-as-Mayweather-signs

Shane Mosley has impressive wins over Oscar De La Hoya (twice) Fernando Vargas, Ricardo Mayorga, Antonio Margarito, and Luis Collazo, no small pickings. With that said, he does have losses against the late Vernon Forrest (twice) and Wink Wright (twice) and more recently a loss to Miguel Cotto. Mosley will surely give Floyd Mayweather a very difficult test, but he can be beaten.

Mississippians that this writer had spoken to up at the Fitz Casino in Tunica were all hoping that this fight would go through. Super middleweight prospect Jonathan Nelson (13-0) and his assistant trainer both feel as if Mosley has a shot at beating Floyd, " Mosley can win, he's about the only guy in that division that can beat Floyd though." Many of the fans at the casino in Tunica also feels as if Mosley has a shot. I talked to Scott Gordon, a Mosley fan who was attending the fights last Saturday, " Mosley will give Mayweather some trouble, but I have to admit I think Floyd wins this fight. His defense will be tough for Shane to get through, he's a slick fighter. Shane has a shot, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it."

With Floyd's reputation as of late, this fight gives him a chance at some redemption. It's a true test for him, and finally he is fighting an opponent that possess' skills and power. A victory for Mosley and he will have done some damage control to his legacy. A victory for Shane, and he soars toward a showdown against Manny Pacquiao in the near future. Big stakes for both guys.

Author: Brad Cooney

Source: Examiner.com

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