The big fight this weekend is
universally considered to be a no brainer when it comes to picking the winner.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has kept
us all entertained with his outrageous statements and taunting of ‘Sugar’ Shane
Mosley who in turn has talked up his own chances, but realistically he stands
Mayweather will retain his precious
unbeaten record at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas probably by a wide points margin.
Few see it any other way.
Mayweather at 33 is five years
younger than his opponent, has not even come remotely close to losing in 40
bouts and is as motivated and hard working as when he turned pro 14 years ago
after a glittering amateur career that ended with a bronze medal at the Atlanta
Mosley is very much the underdog
despite his excellent pedigree, has lost five times, including twice to the
late Vernon ‘The Viper’ Forrest, his nemesis.
Mosley has not fought since January
2009 when he had a remarkable win over Antonio Margarito so ring rust on his
part will be factor. There are too many elements of this fight that cannot be
ignored which is why Mayweather is the prohibitive favourite.
He is chasing a showdown with Manny
Pacquiao and beating Mosley convincingly will enhance the already stratospheric
figures they’ll earn if a compromise can be reached this time over drug
Cayman’s boxing fraternity see only
a Mayweather victory too.
Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker said
from the Philippines: “I’ve got to go with Floyd. People have beaten Shane
already. Shane’s aggression will work against him. He walks into Mayweather’s
Killa’s coach Norman Wilson said:
“I like Mayweather. He’s the better boxer. On paper it should be a hard fight
for Floyd but every time we expect one for him it doesn’t materialise.”
Coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin said:
“Mayweather should win easily. His style and speed will allow him to outbox
“I don’t think Mosley is as fast as
people think He just looks fast against slow boxers.
“I wouldn’t mind seeing Mayweather
get knocked out though because he talks too much foolishness, mostly about all
his money. He’s not like Ali was who had humour in his taunts and really only
kept to boxing. Floyd gets too personal.”
Troy O’Neil, former Caribbean
light-heavyweight, said: “I go all the way with Mayweather. But he has to be
careful because if Mosley catches him he could score a big win. But Floyd has
more speed and is better defensively.”