That was one of the more entertaining HBO 24/7 segments which played Saturday night. Floyd Mayweather’s arrogance is obviously rising to an all time high and he was braying like a donkey in sharp contrast to the reasoned, measured but not overly confident words of May 1 opponent Sugar Shane Mosley.
The only one in the Mosley “camp” talking winning, even by KO, was a lady barber at Mosley’s hometown haircutting spot in Pomona.
Is it me or does Mosley trainer/strategist Naazim Richardson come across as too low key, even deferential in some respects not only to L’il Floyd but to Floyd Sr. and Uncle Roger?
How is Richardson injected confidence into the usually placid Mosley when he does not radiate any? I’m not saying the trainer has to be a cheeerleader but where is the positive vocal encouragement?
I am really thinking the Mosley camp “plan” is the payday and not how to win. Maybe they’ve already decided that beating Money May is mission impossible.
Switching to other boxing news and views from Saturday night:
1. Youngstown, Ohio Bloodmobile. When it visits Kelly Pavlik’s negihborhood, he can truly state, “I gave at the office” as his blood flowed copiously as he blew the middleweight title against puffed up 154 pounder Sergio Martinez. Martinez used hand speed to dazzle Pavlik early, faded in the middle rounds as Pavlik came on, and then busted up both “Ghost” eyes in the late going to breeze to a points verdict. See, Martinez can win a deserved decision in Atlantic City.
“Mucho guapo” or very handsome in Spanish is how Mayweather wants to described, he said on HB 24/7, he was not jiving, Gene (AP Photo)
when fading Mikel Kessler fights fading Carl Froch to see who has faded less. Maybe the spewing volcanic ash from Iceland will cancel this bout in Denmark. HBO showed us the hardest hitting 168 pounder extant as Lucian Bute, Romanian who has become a star in Montreal, destroyed past his expiration date Edison “Pantera” Miranda with a three round KO on a gorgeous left uppercut to the chin. The eventual Andre Ward-Bute fight on HBO could be a marvelous boxer versus puncher matchup. As for Miranda, he is a Ricardo Mayorga without the ability.
Chris Farina, Top Rank Photo – Kelly Pavlik’s cuts around both eyes turned his face into a bloody mask as he was outpointed for world middleweight crown by slicker than an oil spill Argentinian, Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City. Pavlik bled so freely, I bet he’s down four pints at least
3.Lampley slips. Hey, it happens as the HBO boxing voice referenced “Meldrick Taylor” regarding Pavlik when he meant, of course, Jermain Taylor. Lamps is entitled to a senior moment just like the rest of us now and then and certainly Meldrick was the better of the two Taylors.
4. Pavlik trainer Jack Loew called the signals right but he and Pavlik had the worst style opponent they could ever draw in the shifty, elusive and always game Argentinian, Martinez.