It may not be the fight we were hoping for a few weeks ago, but it should still be a good one. After years of flirting with the idea, Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather jr. has agreed to fight Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The principle parties from Top Rank and Golden Boy spent nine hours on Tuesday at the mediator’s table. No deal was struck, but it looks like they aren’t giving up just yet.
The date is set for the latest “Fight of the Century!” Mayweather / Pacquiao is coming to a pay-per-view screen near you… I just hope Freddy Roach can shut up and stop complaining like a little girl between now and fight time.
But I guess that’s probably wishfull thinking!
Now that Pacman has beaten Cotto, everyone is awaiting the next “Fight of the Century.”
But sadly there’s no telling if Floyd Mayweather is man enough to take the fight. Asking for over two thirds of the gate isn’t a very good indication that he’s serious about the fight.
Time Magazine didn’t have Cotto’s face (nor Mayweather’s for that matter) on the cover of its 2009 edition of the World’s 100 Most Influential People.
To make the international edition of the magazine takes a little bit more than killer fists.
Because of his strength and endurance, Pacquiao has mesmerized his home country of the Philippines, and with the title stealing win over Cotto, the multi-tasking tsunami has mesmerized the world.
He put the doubters to rest last weekend in Vegas by breaking the will of Miguel Cotto in a battle of pride and country. There were boxing people who gave Cotto a good shot to win, or make it a close fight by decision. But fans in Vegas edged the odds to 3-1 in favor of Pacquiao last Saturday at a sold out MGM Grand. I believed Cotto’s body punches and power would be something Pacquiao would have to adjust too.
Cotto could do nothing. His power was wasted on the little guy who, grinning and nodding to his fans on his way to ring, made it look easy to get his seventh title in seven weight divisions.
It’s as if Pacquiao were the reincarnation of Bruce Lee. It wasn’t too long ago Pac-Man was just an amateur that only hardcore fans knew about. Now, he’s hailed as one of the best boxers ever. And the next chapter in his career could provide one of the greatest Super Fights in history, one that everyone is anxiously waiting to see…
Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But first, there is a deal that needs to get done. Negotiations and money are holding back the best thing boxing has seen in years. Ross Greenburg, HBO Sports president said, “There’s so much money to be made. If it doesn’t happen, there’ll be a revolt. Nothing else is acceptable, and I’m speaking on behalf of the American public and the sport itself.”
The deal basically hinges on which fighter gets more than a 50% cut of the purse. Seasoned on the art of the mega fight deal is Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter. He will no doubt find a way to set aside personal issues to make nice with head of Golden Boy Promotion’s Richard Schaefer, Mayweather’s current promoter.
The work is cut out for this diplomatic endeavor. Arum has to set aside personal dislike for Mayweather, and the usually polite and humble Pacquiao said the fight may not happen due to Pretty Boy Floyd’s attitude.
Aside from some outlandish smack-talk, Mayweather hasn’t truly responded. He feels he is the world’s best fighter, and even though Pacquiao has continued an astounding reign as a force of nature, Mayweather will remain absolute to the art of the deal. Thus, I give it a 50/50 chance of even taking place.
Ring rust used to be a big concern in boxing. But lately, it seems like the longer the layoff, the better the results.
First there’s the case of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his masterful return against Juan Manuel Marquez. Then, nearly a month later in Los Angeles, Israel Vazquez knocked out Angel Priolo (30-8 20 KO’s) after a 19-month hiatus.
Last Saturday at the Nokia Theater, a bloodied and shaky Vasquez (44-4, 30 KOs) showed he wasn’t going to let a 2-inch cut (opened over his left eye during the sixth round) threaten his bid for a comeback. Ironic, due to the fact his absence was a result of surgery to repair a detached retina.
Vasquez admitted to being rusty… but a win is a win. And considering his former trainer, Freddie Roach, hoped he would retire given the grueling rivalry with Rafael Marquez last March, those words were never more true.
But with another mega fight on the horizon for his wunderkind, Manny Pacquiao, Roach has his mind on other matters… Like Cotto and his track record of low blows. The legendary trainer is awaiting a rules meeting before next month’s fight to address the issue.
Roach will be seeking an automatic disqualification for the first intentional low blow thrown. “Cotto tends to get dirty when the going gets tough in most of his fights and I don’t want this to happen. I will make sure the referee will be very strict about it,” Roach says.
Count on it. Roach is a master at micro-management. When Cotto gets threatened, which he will, can the Puerto Rican warrior stop his impulse from hitting below the belt?
We’ll have to wait until November 14th to find out.