Can Shane solve the Pacquiao puzzle?

By Francis Walker
Updated: May 3, 2011

NEW YORK, NY—When Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) battles Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) for the WBO welterweight championship on Saturday, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it will be his 21st world title fight. Mosley, a once terrific and efficient boxer-puncher, will certainly have a puncher’s chance against a lean-mean-fighting machine in Pacquiao.

Pacquiao vs. Mosley will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV beginning at 9 PM/ET.

It will not be surprising if The Pac-Man is cautious of Mosley’s power and decides to box and not brawl with his 39 year-old opponent.

“My energy is great, at a very high level,” Mosley said. “I have a lot of power in both hands. I know Pacquiao will go right to the attack which is a great advantage for me.”

Mosley is a recognizable figure in boxing. He is the only fighter to have two victories against Oscar De La Hoya with there being eyebrows raised toward the decision he received in the second fight. Mosley was an awesome undefeated IBF lightweight champion. Mosley displayed Superman-like qualities leaping up two weight classes from 135 to tin titles at 147 and 154 pounds. Mosley was once considered an elite boxer.

The key word here is was.

In recent fights, Mosley has resembled only flashes of his former self. He is still in tremendous conditioning and continues to prepare himself as a professional. However, a 39-year-old doesn’t train like a 29 year-old. A 29 year-old doesn’t train the same as a 19 year-old. The reflexes are different. The timing is different. The body responds different due to the years of wear and tear, sparring, fights, and the debris that company the nature of traveling in the boxing business.

All fingers point to a Pacquiao victory by decision. The Pac-Man simply will be throwing sharp-crisp punches from different angles out of the southpaw stance.

“I know how difficult this fight is,” Mosley said. “Pacquiao fires punches from all kinds of angles, is on his toes during late rounds and gives you different looks.But pure power can take over all of that. I know I will be able to get good hard punches onto Pacquiao.”

As brutal and relentless Pacquiao has been in recent years, the Filipino will be weary of Mosley’s ability to punch. Just ask Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito, a guy that was hurting Pacquiao and ended-up going the full 12-round distance. Margarito was near death after Mosley punished him relentlessly in January 2009 to regain a welterweight championship.

Even against Floyd Mayweather, as brilliant “Money” was, everyone remembers that one right hand that buckled Floyd’s legs in the second round.

Mosley will have a puncher’s chance against a naturally smaller Pacquiao because honestly, that’s his best and perhaps his only chance to defeat Manny. Shane is going to have to knock Pacquiao out.

I love Shane. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Shane at press conferences, live events, and in casino lobbies through the years. Shane is very nice guy and a dazzling dresser, but he is also a fighter. I just think the Shane we all know as a fighter is not the same as 10 years ago. He will fight hard, but he will come up short against boxing’s newest Phenomenon.

John Ruiz retires

If it wasn’t clear before, it’s certainly understandable now.

Former two-time WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, known as the Quiet Man for his calm demeanor, is retired from boxing. Having fought in 12 world title fights and finishing is respected and accomplished career with a mark of 44-9-1, 30 KOs, Ruiz will remain active in boxing.

Ruiz, along with longtime friend and attorney Anthony M. Cardinale, are scheduled to open up “Quietman Sports Gym” located at 4000 Gold’s Gym in Medford, Massachusetts at 4000 Mystic Valley Parkway. The gym is only a few miles from nearby Chelsea, Ruiz hometown.

“I’m enjoying life with my family in Las Vegas but it was time for the next chapter of my life,” Ruiz said. “Boxing has been a big part of my life since I was a teenager. I want to pass along what I’ve learned through my experiences to young boxers. I’ll be spending a lot more time in Boston. I’m opening my gym to give kids a place to go, just like I had at the Somerville Boxing Club, where they can learn how box and stay off the streets. There are so many bad temptations for kids today and many of them really need a place to go. When I’m not in town my brother, Eddie, will be in charge of my gym.

In addition to training young fighters both amateur and professional, Ruiz and his team will also advise fighters with marquee services such as managerial and promotional support.

“I’m also going to be an advisor so young fighters don’t go through a lot of what I had to go through coming up,” Ruiz added. “Whether they need advice about who they should have as a promoter, manager or trainer, or what to look out for in the bad side of boxing, I’ll be available to them as a consultant. Our services will range from preparing a boxer to fight to negotiating contracts. If they have questions about contracts or other legal issues, Tony is one of the best in the business. During our 14 years and 12 world title fights together, we have seen and dealt with every good and bad aspect of the business.”

During his career which began in 1992, Ruiz has truly experienced the benefits of fighting on television as a world championship caliber fighter to taking heat from bad losses.

If anyone knows about restructuring their career from a bad loss it is Ruiz In March 1996, Ruiz, during HBO “Night of the Young Heavyweights” showcase, was knocked out in 19 seconds of the first round by David Tua. Ruiz was thought to have never been seen again.

Four years following the Tua massacre, Ruiz went on a tear of his own. Ruiz won 11 consecutive bouts to position himself as the No. 1-ranked heavyweight title contender. In August 2000, Ruiz challenged Holyfield and lost a disputed 12-round decision.

Eventually, Ruiz would unseat Holyfield of the WBA title in March 2001 and would battle Evander once more in that same year to a closely contested draw after 12 rounds.

Ruiz has fought the best: Roy Jones, Jr., James Toney, Hasim Rahman, 7′ 3,”325-pound Nikolai Valuev, Ruslan Chagaev,Fres Oquendo, Kirk Johnson, and foul-Pole, Andrew Golota.

Ruiz’ career ended last November after a failed bid to regain the WBA heavyweight championship from David Haye (TKO by 9).

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Klitschko-Haye on July 2, HBO will televise

The world heavyweight championship unification bout between unified IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and WBA titlist David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) will commence from Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday, July 2. HBO will be one of 150 countries televising the bout live beginning at 4:45 PM and on tape-delay beginning at 10 PM.

Klitschko-Haye will serve as the first heavyweight unification bout since February 2008 when Klitschko outpointed Sultan Ibragimov to unify the IBF/WBO belts at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

The clash between the titanic 6′ 7,” 245-pound Klitschko and the much smaller Haye has been the talk within boxing circles for at least two years. There is a general dislike between the Ukrainian star champion and his English counterpart. Haye once depicted t-shirts of himself holding severed heads of both Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. Haye has chastised the Klitschko’s saying they are “boring” and have “killed boxing.” Wladimir once promised to give Haye a “pizza face.”

Klitschko-Haye should be a very intriguing fight. It’s a dangerous fight for both fighters, as they have a ton of power and can hit very hard.

It will be very interesting to see whether Haye along with trainer/manager Adam Booth can devise a game-plan that will allow them to surpass the lengthy left jab and powerful right hand of Klitschko. Haye is fast, but Wladimir is fast too for a heavyweight. Wladimir is also effective when he is applying relentless pressure he way he did against Eddie Chambers, Tonnny Thompson, Hasim Rahman, and Samuel Peter in recent fights. Wladimir should win, but Haye definitely has a punchers’ chance because of his quick hands, accuracy, and power.