By Jim Waldear
Turning back the clock is rare. Other than daylight savings time. But it seems the only ones that have done it are great former champions fighting a great champion. Being around the sport of boxing for a good duration, the one thing other than age that goes down hill is the training.
They(older champions) never train the way they did when they were younger. First of all it hurts more. Second, you tend to forget years later how much you really trained and how intense. But when these former champs get a LAST shot at major, major glory, they simply tend to train as they once did many, many years ago. Almost not really knowing they are doing so. By that, I mean, 100% effort every day with everything that they are doing during the training. That there alone, along with there already great skills, are brought back to life in one fight. I believe this is what will happen with Sugar Shane Mosley when he faces Manny Pacquiao. Also what fuels the fire is being an under dog which definitely bothers former champs. Getting up for a fight is one thing. But when a great champ simply goes beyond his last few years of training and brings it, not only does it shock his opponent in the mid rounds, but he shocks himself. And with that rush, comes aggression that has not been seen in years as well.
My prediction for the May 7th Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley fight is Pacman will himself get battered in this fight.
The case will be simple. That Manny Pacquiao never has and never will be a true welterweight. And this will be proven in May of 2011. Granted Mosley was at his best in 2000. But you cannot hide from the fact that the fighters that Pacquiao has beaten were really not that good. Let alone true welters. Also half not in there prime. He has never fought a great welterweight. And he will find out that even an out of prime great welterweight is dangerous, when the ingredients are Sugar, Shane, and Mosley. The rude awakening here is that Shane Mosley is not a heavily out of prime fighter that Oscar De La Hoya was.
Hmmmm…….Neither were several other fighters recently either.
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