A Real Hot One

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: March 3, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — Two of the most recognizable fighters in boxing will meet in what could be a “Dream Match.”

Former undefeated, five-division WBC champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (40-0, 25 KOs) challenges current WBA welterweight champion, Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) on Saturday, May 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Tickets are currently on sale at www.ticketmaster.com . The bout will also be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View at a suggested retail of $49.95 (at least). Mosley is so pumped, he literally promises to pummel Mayweather.

“It is going to be clear that there is an ass whooping and I am about to give it to him,” Mosley said emphatically to gathered members of the media.

There has been talk of both fighters fighting each other for years since the late 1990s. At one point Mosley was an undefeated IBF lightweight champion and Mayweather was moving through the ranks, capturing world tiles from super featherweight to junior welterweight.

Mayweather and Mosley were always a few pounds away from one another, but could never come together. They each won world titles at 154 pounds and both hold a win against “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya.

“It takes two to make a mega fight,” Mayweather said. “Shane Mosley is one of the best welterweights of our era and I want to fight the best and continue to fight the best.”

Even though Mayweather (33) and Mosley (38) and both in their thirties, the fight is bigger now than it was years ago. Mayweather is still unbeaten having fought the likes of De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Jose Luis Castillo (twice), Juan Manuel Marquez, the late Diego Corrales, the late Arturo Gatti, Angel Manfredy, and Genaro Hernandez to name a few.

Mosley, on the other hand, may have five losses that include a pair of dismal losses to the late Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright, his resume is still impressive and worthy of Hall of Fame status.

Mosley is a three-division world champion. Mosley is the only boxer to twice defeat both De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas. In last bout more than one year ago in January 2009, Mosley exposed Antonio Margarito’s “loaded” gloves and illegal hand wraps and punished the now banned boxer for a scintillating ninth-round knockout to claim the WBA title.

Both Mosley and Mayweather met this week during a press tour that kicked off in New York City, but not without exchanging words and fisticuffs. The two were engaged in a verbal and physical dispute and had to restrain by their respective camps.

Forget Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao for the time being at least because, Mayweather-Mosley should prove to be one of the best fights in all of 2010.

Pacquaio vs. Clottey does Dallas really well

The highly anticipated WBO welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquaio (50-3-2, 38 KOs) and former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (35-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday, March 13, has sold more than 40,000 available tickets at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas.

The new venue owned by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sat more than 100,000 for this year’s NBA All-Star game. Overall, more than 45,000 seats will be made available.

For those that can’t attend Pacquaio-Clottey in person can watch the fight live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 PM/ET and 6 PM/PT. The suggested retail is $49.95.

Pacquaio, 31, from General Santos City, Philippines, has been on the roll for the past few fights; actually in the last five years, the “Pac-Man” has been unstoppable.

Since losing his first bout Erik Morales in March 2005, Pacquaio has remained unbeaten (11-0, 8 KOs). Pacquaio has complied dramatic and astonishing stoppages of Morales (twice), Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and as recent as November 14, 2009, Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao, once again, is heavily favored to beat another highly skilled and classy championship-caliber fighter. Clottey, 32, from Accra, Ghana, has excellent stamina. He has a very good left jab and a pretty good boxer.

His two biggest wins as a technical decision against Zab Judah to claim the IBF welterweight title in August 2008 and a points win over the late Diego Corrales in April 2007.

Clottey is mostly noted for his two losses to Cotto and Antonio Margarito. Clottey boxed well when he challenged Maragrito for the WBO welterweight title in December 2006, but a hand injury and a defensive-minded approach in the later rounds cost him a decision.

In June 2009, Clottey, fighting at Madison Square Garden in New York City blew a chance of a lifetime when he allowed Cotto to unleash a few too many wicked combinations en route to a points win.

Clottey, who was knocked down at the end of the very first round off a Cotto left-jab, spent too much time in a defensive position and allowed Cotto to pummel his way to a points victory.

The question is whether Pacquaio, as relentless and awesome as he has been, has the skill-set and the power to stop Clottey inside the distance?

Marcos Maidana & Ali Funeka featured on HBO B.A.D.

Golden Boy Promotions really care about providing quality fights. The company has really outdone themselves by putting together an exciting HBO fight card.

There will be a HBO Boxing After Dark telecast on Saturday, March 27, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV beginning at 10:30 PM/ET.

In the main event, interim WBA junior welterweight titlist Marcos Rene Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) defends against Victor Cayo (24-0, 16 KOs). The co-featured attraction will be a rematch between Ali Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) and Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight championship.

Maidana, famous for his come-from-behind TKO of Victor Ortiz to claim the WBA title, makes the second title defense against Cayo. Maidana has a career KO percentage of 96%. He has power in both fists and isn’t afraid to bang hard.

“The fight fans of Las Vegas are some of the most knowledgeable in the world and when we put a show on there, it’s got to be top-notch,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions.

“We feel that delivering two exciting and competitive world title fights in one night with Maidana vs. Cayo and Funeka vs. Guzman is just the type of event that the Las Vegas boxing fans will rally around.”

Funeka is a freakish 6-feet-1, 135-pounder. Many believe that he landed enough punches and controlled the fight enough to beat Guzman. However, the judges at ringside scored the bout a draw.

Tickets are priced at $200, $100 and $50 with a limited number of $250 VIP and $40 standing room tickets also available. To purchase online visit www.Ticketmaster.com , or call 1-800-745-3000.

The 140-pound championships will be unified when Devon Alexander puts his WBC title and unbeaten record on the line against IBF champion Juan Urango. The two will meet on Saturday night 6, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. HBO will televise what should be part of the build-up

Devon Alexander & Juan Urango set to unify

Undefeated WBC junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander (19-0, 12 KOs) and current IBF 140-pound champion Juan Urango (22-2-1, 17 KOs) will unify their respective championships on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.

Alexander and Urango are both coming off exciting career-best wins in August 2009. Alexander won the then vacant WBC belt when Junior Witter quit on his stool after the eighth round.

Urango survived a brutal knockdown and a vicious cut over his eye to knockout Randall Bailey in the eleventh round last August.Alexander is a slick-boxing southpaw and is very quick.

Urango is not a great boxer by design, but he has one stern chin and he can punch. Alexander is expected to box circles around Urango, but he also loves to bang which will play right into Urango’s hands.

Anything can happen in boxing. Just ask Mike Tyson and James “Buster” Douglas.

Alexander-Urango will be aired live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 PM/ET. Tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.com and are priced at $175, $95, $50, and $35.