Legendary prizefighter Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao has ridiculously agreed to fight former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley May 7 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Strictly due to his name recognition, Mosley (46-6-1-1, 39 KOs) was selected as the opponent for Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) over more-qualified boxers like lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) and welterweight titlist Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs).
According to Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, undefeated clown pocket Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) per usual cowered and hid from a potentially lucrative bout versus “Pac-Man.”
“We put it off as long as we could,” said Arum, himself a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his scrappers.
“He has been totally incommunicado. All he had to do was pick up a phone and say, ‘Hey Bob, wait a week, two weeks’ and we would have waited. He could have given us a signal. No one knows how to get a hold of him. The only ones who know how to get a hold of him are the police.”
Mayweather, an enormous talent who has captured nine world titles in five different boxing weight classes, is due in court next month to face four felony charges stemming from a domestic incident in September where he allegedly struck his sweetheart and the mother of his children.
Pacquiao, 32, the first pugilist in history to win ten world crowns in eight separate weight divisions, is clearly the greatest fighter of this generation.
Conversely, the once formidable Mosley at 39 is now more spent than an 80-year-old lady of pleasure walking in a Red-light district.
Mosley was lambasted by Mayweather last May and he suffered through a pathetically uninspired draw against “The Latin Snake” Sergio Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) in September.
More importantly, Mosley, an admitted abuser of steroids, is now likely off the dope that probably stimulated many of his triumphs in the squared circle.
Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach was initially vocal in his opposition of a contest versus Mosley.
“I don’t see much of a point,” said Roach, 50, a native of Dedham who has been honored on four occasions as the Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Roach said he would prefer to “shut Marquez up.”
Apparently Roach’s sentiments were altered after he hung with Arum and Pacquiao for a week in the Philippines.
“He turned around,” Arum said of Roach. “He was an advocate [for the fight].”
Arum continued his inane rambling.
“I try to take the pulse of people who are non-boxing fans,” Arum said. “And to them, without question Shane Mosley is at the head of the pack. I know there were some issues within the boxing community that maybe Marquez was more deserving. But people don’t know Marquez, and even fewer know Berto. Their Q rating doesn’t resonate. To everyone I talk to around the world, it’s always Mosley.”
Unfortunately, due to the sport’s hierarchy, boxing is a joke.
So, instead of Pacquiao battling a legitimate prizefighter this spring, “it’s always Mosley.”