By Jamal Dicky
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Boxing had two big fights canceled in the past several weeks, the first one was the much talked about Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao mega fight, next was the Sugar Shane Mosley vs Andre Berto fight that was scheduled for Jan. 30th on HBO.
Mayweather/Pacquiao was canceled over ego and posturing, Pacquiao refused to submit himself to a basic blood testing format used by USADA and all Olympic athletes.
Mosley/Berto was canceled because of a unexpected tragedy, Andre Berto is a Haitian American and lost several family members in the devastating 7.o earthquake that killed many Haitians and left so many without a home to stay, because of this tragedy Berto decided to focus on helping the people of Haiti and his family during such an emotional time.
The Mosley/Berto fight was canceled because of a tragedy which is very excusable, the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight was canceled over silly pride and avoiding a simple blood testing procedure which have many fans questioning the real reason why the fight wasn’t made.
Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, blames Mayweather Jr. and his people for being scared yet Manny Pacquiao was the one scared of taking a blood test.
So now we are left with Pacquiao taking on Joshua Clottey, an African welterweight who is also promoted by Bob Arum, that fight will take place at Dallas Cowboy stadium on March 13th good luck filling that place up, I doubt the fight will even sell the 50,000 tickets it will look very empty.
The Pacquiao vs Clottey fight is a fight we didn’t ask for or care to see. Boxing fans wanted a fight of substance.
But it seems we might be getting an even better fight than Pacquiao vs Clottey and that fight is Sugar Shane Mosley vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. for sometime in May.
Shane Mosley is a more dangerous fight for Mayweather to take, Mosley is more skilled, stronger and bigger than Manny Pacquiao and more difficult to fight.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. would have a very easy time with Pacquiao. Pacquiao is much shorter and has a shorter reach compared to Mayweather Jr., also Pacquiao’s weakness is counter punchers and this is probably why Arum and Pacquiao didn’t want to fight Mayweather Jr. or Yuri Foreman because they are both slick intelligent boxers.
Mosley became the man to beat at welterweight when he stopped the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito in 9 rounds.
Mayweather Jr. is taking on the much tougher and worthy opponent in Mosley. Pacquiao is taking on a guy he believes he can beat easy in Clottey.
Pacquiao recently ducked WBA Jr. Middleweight champ Yuri Foreman even after Freddie Roach his trainer and his promoter Bob Arum said Foreman looked like the leading prospective opponent for Pacquiao.
Pacquiao admitted to being scared of Yuri Foreman, after seeing how strong Yuri looked in his fight against Daniel Santos, Pacquiao said he didn’t want to fight Foreman because he was too tall and big. Yuri Foreman is the same height as the weight drained Oscar De La Hoya who Pacquiao beat easily.
This move is very questionable, is Pacquiao really as ballsy as people say he is? A man who Pacquiao recently beat to a pulp is willing to move up to 154 pounds to face Foreman for his title and that man is Miguel Cotto.
Miguel Cotto is a true throwback fighter. Cotto needs to take a rest but he shows that no matter how hard a fighter is beaten he shows no fear in facing a challenge, Cotto has the heart of a true champion.
While Cotto and Mayweather both take on tougher tasks we finally find out that it wasn’t really Freddie Roach hand picking Pacquiao’s opponents it was Pacquiao himself.
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