“I can’t get no respect. Why just the other night I was watching the the Manny Pacquiao fight with my friends when they said they couldn’t wait to see him fight Floyd Mayweather.” I said,” but I’m Shane Mosley.” They responded by saying, “exactly, you’re not Floyd.”
So it goes for Sugar Shane. The new owner of the title of most avoided boxer may not have had that exact conversation. But you have a feeling that he thinks that is how the whole world feels.
Manny wants Floyd. The world wants Manny and Floyd.
The problem is that a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout might be the biggest event in boxing,but it is not the best fight. Shane comes to fight. Manny comes to fight. Floyd comes to showcase his defense and potshot opponents. There is a reason that Mayweather is not only near the top of the pound for pound rankings, but also at or near the top in the pound for pound boringest boxers rankings. The man simply refuses to take chances.
So it seems a little odd to hear broadcasters and fans calling for Floyd as if his next fight was a tuneup. Mosley is one of the best pound for pounders in the game today. His destruction of Antonio Margarito was a thing of beauty. And lets not forget that Mosley is not but a hair slower than Mayweather.
There is always that off chance that Mosley has grown old. Afterall, it has been more than a year since his last fight.
But Shane seems reinvigorated under his new trainer, Nazeem Richardson.
While the bandwagon fans continue to call for a Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown, I will be pulling for a fall date between Pacquiao and Shane. As a diehard fan, I want to see a great fight, not a great event.