By Erwin Lastimosa
There’s been a lot of commotion on whether the once great “Sugar” Shane Mosley is a worthy enough opponent to fight the current pound-for-pound king Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao.
Mosley is almost 40-years-old and clearly not in his prime years, but a once great fighter is always dangerous, especially when they are counted out in a fight and the fighter they are facing has a style that will accommodate their own.
An example of this is Erik Morales vs. Marcos Maidana. Morales a faded fighter, past his best years, who called out and demanded to fight the most fearsome puncher at 140-pounds, Marcos “Chino” Maidana. Many believed he was crazy, especially after the two beatings he took at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, but Morales saw something in Maidana that he could take advantage of.
When Morales fought Maidana, he had his eye shut in the first round, but he showed us all that he wasn’t one to be counted out, he was out boxing and hurting the younger fighter with only one good eye. Morales proved that even at this stage of his career, that he chose Maidana for a reason, and despite losing on the judges scorecards, he showed us with his stellar performance that you can’t count out a legendary fighter.
Shane Mosley has said that the fight he always wanted was versus Manny Pacquiao. Mosley went to the Wild Card Boxing Club and asked Freddie Roach for a fight with Manny Pacquiao, and Roach denied Mosley the chance at the time saying he was too good.
What Mosley presents is a style that Manny Pacquiao isn’t used to, that of a fast boxer with punching power. Sure, Mosley didn’t look to good against Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Sergio Mora, but Shane shines when he has a fighter in front of him who likes to mix it up, and Manny Pacquiao is that type of fighter.
People are counting Mosley out, and a lot Pacquiao fans are taking this fight lightly, already saying that Manny will knock out Mosley. The good thing though is Manny Pacquiao isn’t overlooking Shane Mosley like the fans are, this time Manny wants to make a statement, and he knows that Mosley is dangerous.
But it all comes back to what someone like Mosley sees in Manny Pacquiao. We don’t know his true motive for taking a fight with Pacquiao. It could be for the huge payday, it could be for the challenge, but one thing is for sure, “Sugar” Shane Mosley is no slouch.
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Erwin Lastimosa is a long time boxing fan and enjoys discussion boxing with his peers.