Mobley’s Moment

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: April 16, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — The theme of the highly anticipated WBC welterweight championship bout between defending champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) and unbeaten five-division titlist Floyd “Money” Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) is “Who R U Picking?”

Mayweather may be the favorite, but a lot of people are picking Mosley, the much celebrated 38-year-old Californian.

“People should be picking me because I have proven that I can knock people out in any round,” Mosley said during a recent media workout. “I’m experienced and I have the speed, power and agility to win this fight.”

Mayweather and Mosley will meet in what should be a very entertaining contest between two extremely gifted fighters on Saturday, May 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The bout can be seen exclusively on HBO Pay-Per View at a suggested retail price of $54.95 beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. A victory for Mosley in this fight will spell the first professional loss in Mayweather’s career.

Mosley understands the aura of invincibility that Mayweather has as an unbeaten fighter because he to was once an undefeated world champion.

“I think there is too big a deal being made about the fact that Floyd is undefeated,” Mosley said. “Before my first loss I was 38-0 with 35 KOs. That’s a hell of a record, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t be beat and it doesn’t mean Floyd can’t either.”

Anything can happen inside of a boxing ring and Mosley is very optimistic that he can dictate the terms of the final outcome under the guidance of Bernard Hopkins’ trainer Naazim Richardson.

“Naazim has definitely reenergized my career,” Mosley said. “He is one of the hardest working trainers in the business. You can find him in the middle of the night watching film so that he knows the other fighter inside out. It’s all about strategy with Naazim and I’m confident with him as my trainer going into this fight.”

Richardson was in Mosley’s corner when he blasted Antonio Margarito in a one-sided contest before knocking him out in round nine. Richardson was the one who discovered that Margarito’s hand wraps had in illegal plaster-like substance that led to a one-year suspension from boxing.

Richardson is optimistic that Mosley will emerge victorious.

“I know Shane will win the fight,” Richardson said. “I am looking for the best Shane Mosley to come in the ring on May 1 and when that happens, we win the fight.

I will keep him focused on the task at hand and not let him get caught up in the Mayweather hysteria. We are good to go.”

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Pavlik-Martinez looms

Unified WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik returns to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday night in defense of his 160-pound titles. Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs), making the fourth defense of his titles, will be matched against Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs).

Should Pavlik defeat Martinez, he will have recaptured the magnificent grandeur that he had prior to losing a decisive decision against Bernard Hopkins in October 2008.

Pavlik’s performance was disappointing, as he was outgunned and outsmarted by Pavlik from the opening round. The loss to Hopkins was a much hyped “light-heavyweight’ catch-weight bout between the once great middleweight world champ of the 90s against today’s current leader.

Pavlik is still undefeated as a middleweight and has won each of his title fight by knockout. The question is did the Hopkins fight put a serious dent in Pavlik’s steam engine?

Pavlik appears to be fine following a pair of 2009 hometown title defenses against Marco Antonio Rubio and Miguel Espino. There are, however, a lot of skeptics that are convinced that the Pavlik that rose from the canvas to deck Jermain Taylor in the seventh-round to become the undisputed world middleweight championship in September 2007 is a distant memory.

A lot of people are picking Martinez, an aggressive fighter with a busy pace, to engage Pavlik in a war of attrition and take away the young 28 year-old’s middleweight crowns.

Martinez is an excellent fighter.

In 2009, Martinez and Paul Williams engage each other in a brawl for the ages. Fighting inside of a smaller venue inside Boardwalk Hall, Martinez and Williams brought everyone top their feet.

In the end, the bout was ultimately ruled a majority decision victory for Williams, but some observers believe that Martinez, arguably the toughest opponent of Williams’ career, won the fight.

HBO will televise Pavlik-Martinez from Atlantic City, NJ. as part of a split-site, world championship doubleheader beginning at 10 PM/ET.

The second bout will feature IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (25-0, 20 KOs) in his sixth world title fight against hard-hitting Edison Miranda (33-4, 29 KOs).

The bout will occur at the Bell Centre in Bute’s hometown of Montreal, Canada.