Monday, January 18, 2010

Schaefer to begin working on Mayweather-Mosley Super fight

Schaefer to begin working on Mayweather-Mosley Super fight By William Mackay: With the sudden cancellation of the January 30th bout between Andre Berto and Shane Mosley, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says he’s going to start working on putting together a super fight between Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr., according to ESPN writer Dan Rafael. Schaefer says “That is a super fight, and is now my next order of business – to see if we can put together [Mayweather-Mosley]. The sooner the better if we can get this potential fight done. With Shane being available and Floyd being available, that’s a fight all fight fans and sports fans would embrace.”

Schaefer is correct about that. A Mayweather-Mosley fight would likely dwarf even the March 13th bout between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey. Fortunately for Pacquiao-Clottey, the Mayweather-Mosley fight, if it can be put together, would be taking place on May 1st and not March 13th, because it would likely do much better than Pacquiao’s fight. The Pacquiao-Clottey fight appears to have the makings of a mismatch. You can’t say the same thing about a Mayweather vs. Mosley fight. That would be a huge fight.

Berto reportedly lost family members in the recent Haiti earthquake, and he’s naturally upset about it to the point where the events have made it hard for him to train properly for his January 30th fight with Mosley. Rather than take the fight with Mosley and perhaps not be at his best, Berto decided to cancel the fight earlier today. However, the cancellation may result in a huge opportunity for the 32-year-old Mayweather, who is in need of a big named opponent for his next fight.

Although Mosley would be a huge test for Mayweather given his talent and experience, it’s easily the best fight that Mayweather can make aside from fighting Paul Williams who isn’t as well known as Mosley. It will be a dangerous fight for Mayweather, because he hasn’t taken on a legitimate welterweight since 2006 when he faced Carlos Baldomir. Mayweather in recent years hasn’t stepped up to the table for fights against top welterweights like Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Mosley and Paul Williams.

This would be a big challenge for Mayweather if he decides to take it. Many boxing fans feel that Mayweather is afraid to fight opponents his own size and only wants to fight smaller fighters like Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao. Mosley is just a little taller than the 5’8” Mayweather at 5’9”, and has a two inch reach advantage over him. This would be a fight where Mayweather would be facing an opponent with hand speed that is close to his own and who has better power in both hands.

Mosley likes to put his punches together rather than throw pot shots like Mayweather. This would be a fight that Mayweather very well could lose unless he works hard and lets his hands go. He won’t be able to pot shot his way to a victory like he’s done recently against smaller, slower Hatton and Marquez. Mosley is bigger, faster and stronger than those guys and will be putting pressure on Mayweather constantly.

This fight will be huge if Golden Boy can put it together. It won’t obviously make as much money as a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, but it should do very well if they do a good job marketing it to the boxing public. Mosley may even be a better match for Mayweather than Pacquiao would have been. Mosley is bigger and seems to have the style that could cause problems for Mayweather.

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January 18th, 2010

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