Pacquiao vs. Mosley draws closer

By Francis Walker
Updated: April 28, 2011

Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane

Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane

NEW YORK, NY—The super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane Mosley is fast approaching.

On Saturday, May 7, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs), making the second defense of the WBO welterweight champion ship, takes on former three-division titlist, Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs). The event broadcast on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View is set to begin at 9 PM/ET.

Pacquiao vs. Mosley is a super fight only because, Manny Pacquaio has become an international phenomenon. He is a politician. He sings. He dances. Did I mention he can fight? Manny Pacquiao has won a title in eight separate weight divisions. His resume is one that consists of Hall of Fame credentials. The only blemish, aside from the three losses and two draws on his record, is the fact he may never have the opportunity to fight Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

“It’s up to him if he wants to fight,” Pacquiao said. “He’s trying to wait for me to get older.”

Instead of clamoring for a fight with Floyd, Pacquiao does the next best thing. Pac-Man remains active and continues to keep himself in the broad appeal of mainstream sports fans by fighting guys that were once great fighters, former world champions who were once recognizable to the public.

Sugar Shane Mosley was a great fighter, a former world champion at 135, 147, and 154 pounds. Mosley is also recognizable to the public. Mosley is so recognizable that even at age 40, his fight with Pacquaio will be broadcast in front of a sellout audience at the MGMG Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View.

If Mosley has no shot at beating Pacquiao then why are so many people looking forward to this fight? In a sport in which anything can happen inside the squared-circle, Mosley was thought to have no chance at beating Antonio Margarito for the WBA welterweight title in January 2009. Mosley, instead, unleashed an unmerciful beating following the locker room controversy surrounding Margarito’s illegally wrapped hands. Mosley beat Margarito to a pulp en route to a ninth round knockout.

“Shane can still fight,” Pacquiao said. “He’s fast and he’s training hard. It’s hard to rate him against the other (opponents). This time he’s determined to shock the world. It’s going to be a good fight.”

Mosley has a punchers chance (at best) to beat Pacquiao. But the 32-year-old Filipino is a fighting-machine. Pac-Man throws punches in bunches from some of the craziest angles a southpaw can throw from. Pacquaio is fast, ferocious, and fearless when it comes to applying pressure and applying his will to break his opponent mentally, physically, and psychologically. Just ask Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Ricky Hatton, and Oscar De La Hoya to name a few.

Mosley should be respected, even during the close of what was an excellent career. Mosley is a former three-division world champion and has a wealth of valuable big-fight experience. He shouldn’t be taken lightly at all.

“Mosley is bigger than me,” Pacquiao added. “He’s fast and his hand speed is still there. He’s faster than most of my opponents. He’s also preparing hard and he’s also good, so we never underestimate our opponent.”

It would be very interesting to see whether Pacquiao will be the first to stop Mosley. I see Pacquiao catching Mosley with a lot of punches that will be difficult for Shane to avoid simply because, Shane doesn’t move his head. Shane can be outhustled, as we’ve seen in the fight with Mayweather. We’ve seen Shane undergo periods of inactivity in recent bouts against Ricardo Mayorga, and Sergio Mora. Pacquiao, however, continues his machinelike plow through the biggest names in the sport and there isn’t anyone that can stop him.

Darchinyan’s star shines bright on SHOWTIME

It appeared as though Vic Darchinyan’s power has finally carried over from the 115-pound division following a dazzling performance against former IBF 118-pound champion Yhonny Perez on Saturday, April 23. Darchinyan (36-3-1, 27 KOs), a former undisputed world super flyweight champion who has struggled in bantamweight debuts against Abner Mares and Joesph Agbeko, approached Perez (20-2-1, 14 KOs) like a wicked thunderstorm in the opening round.

Darchinyan, now 35, proved that he is as good and as fresh as he has ever been. Darchinyan literally outfought, outclassed, and attacked Perez. It was a relentless beating – perhaps the most impressive of Darchinyan’s career. Darchinyan beat Perez so badly, he even scored a knockdown in the third round.

Darchinyan was awarded a technical decision win following an accidental headbuttat 1:44 seconds of the fifth round. Darchinyan was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards 50-44.

“He took big punches,” Darchinyan said afterward. “I wanted to knock him out, but he is still a great fighter. It was a headbutt. But if it wasn’t a headbutt, I’d knock him out. No more boxing in my style.”