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Mayweather-Mosley Pre-Fight Breakdown

On September 19th Floyd Mayweather’s successful return to the ring was interrupted by a welterweight champion who commanded the respect of the boxing world by demanding Mayweather face him. The best move for Mayweather at the time seemed naturally to be taking on Manny Pacquiao. I don’t think I need to go into how Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fell apart, but it’s clear that if one man benefited from the debacle it was Shane Mosley. Mosley will have an opportunity to grab his largest pay day to date, and grab the boxing world’s respect by taking on the best in the sport on May 1. Here is a breakdown of what looks to be the toughest bout of both fighters’ careers.

40-0 (25 KO’s)
Age: 33
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Notable wins: Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Zab Judah, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo

Shane Mosley
46-5 (39 ko’s)
Age: 38
Hometown: Pomona, California
Notable wins: Oscar De La Hoya 2x, Fernando Vargas, Antonio Margarito, Ricardo Mayorga
Notable losses: Winky Wright (twice), Vernon Forrest (twice), Miguel Cotto

This fight is nothing short of comparing a Ferrari to a Lamborghini. I don’t care that both fighters are well into their 30’s both men are capable of blinding combination, and both have solid reputations as gym rats. Mosley at his peak is one of the fastest fighters of my lifetime pound for pound, and he showed the world he isn’t slowing down when he dismantled Antonio Margarito in 2009.

Floyd’s hands on the pads are a sight to be seen, and at this point in his life he probably is faster than Shane, but athletically I think Mosley may have more tools. Strength and speed are a deadly combination and I think Mosley still has a world of both. It’s not often I’d give another man the edge over Mayweather in this category but I think Shane at his own weight is the guy to take it.
Advantage: Mosley by razor thin margin

Matt’s Take: Mosley-Mayweather was always a fantasy match up amongst fight fans, especially as the latter rose to the top of pound for pound lists. Shane was always one of the few men who could match him athletically. Both had lightning fast hands and were elite natural athletes. The two are arguably the most gifted fighters in the last 15 years with all due respects to Roy Jones Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. As of their last bout, both had their athleticism and speed in tact. Unfortunately for Mosley, 39, his last bout was almost a year and a half ago.

By watching HBO’s award winning 24/7 series, it is evident that Shane has aged considerably since we saw him demolish disgraced Antonio Margarito in January 09 and fighters don’t improve athletically in their late 30’s. This gives me every reason to believe that there will be SOME repercussions on fight night, especially considering who will be standing across the ring from him.

Whether you like it or not, Mayweather has shown few (if any) signs of slowing down. The snappy jab and famed shoulder roll were intact when he fought Marquez, so without serious aging issues or injuries, expect his elite athleticism to be full in effect.

Advantage: Mayweather

If there is one category Shane takes the cake in its power. The fight is at 147, where Mosley has dropped some major names. A Dazzling left hook that stretched both Vargas, and Mayorga is an image that stands out when weighing Shane’s power, and that’s a weapon Floyd will have to look out for.

Mayweather is not known for his power. Despite knocking out Ricky Hatton, and putting Marquez on the canvas Mayweather probably won’t be banking on knocking Mosley out. I’m not saying he doesn’t have the ability, but with his prowess Mayweather’s best bet is aiming for a 12 round outclassing of his foe.

Advantage: Mosley

Matt’s Take: Even if my observation about Mosley’s aging is correct, anybody that knows boxing will tell you that the last thing a fighter loses is his power; just ask Michael Moorer, who was knocked out by a 45 year old George Foreman. From lightweight to junior middleweight, Sugar Shane exemplifies what “Pound for Pound” punching power.

He has the ability to finish a fight with either hand and his last two bouts ended in dramatic knockouts, putting both Ricardo Mayorga and Margarito to sleep impressively. Against Mayweather, Mosley must use his biggest advantage if he hopes to be victorious; power.

The majority of Mayweather’s offense is jabs and counter shots, giving him little opportunity to knockout a naturally bigger opponent. Mayweather’s two knockouts above 140 lbs came against blown up (perhaps literally in Ricky Hatton’s case) opponents. He was unable to hurt Carlos Baldomir, Zab Judah or Oscar De La Hoya and deep down, the six division champion knows this category isn’t one he takes the nod in.

Advantage: Mosley


Mayweather’s best weapon is his own defense. When he is in the zone he is virtually un-hittable. Mayweather’s patented shoulder roll defense has been giving opponents headaches for years and that will be Mosley’s egg to crack on May 1.

The category is defense and chin, Mosley showed the world he has a chin when he fought Miguel Cotto in 2007, but it’s hard to make up ground in this category on one of this era’s great defensive fighters. Floyd’s elusiveness could very well end up being the storyline Saturday night and with that said this category belongs to him.
Advantage: Mayweather

Matt’s Take: Mayweather’s defensive abilities rank alongside fighters such as Willie Pep and Pernell Whitaker as the greatest ever. His tremendous movement, aforementioned reflexes and shifty shoulder roll are yet to fail him. This has helped him steer clear of danger throughout his career and he has rarely been hit flush.

Mosley’s chin is amongst the best and he was only dropped twice in his 52 fight career while standing up to punchers like Fernando Vargas, Ricardo Mayorga, Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto. He is usually found standing directly in front of his opponent but tremendous ring awareness and staying on his toes help him avoid punches. Defensively, he is no Mayweather, but is adequate.

Advantage: Mayweather

If there is one thing we don’t know about Floyd its how would he react when he’s under fire. Mayweather’s defense is so remarkable he has not honestly been in a firefight and hasn’t had an opportunity to show the world his heart. Mosley on the other hand has shown a number of different sides, including brawler. His fight with Cotto should serve as a prime example of what the man is willing and able to go through.

It’s hard to fathom one fighter losing a category based on his excellence in another but that is exactly what is happening right now. Shane Mosley wins the heart category by default, because it’s an asset Floyd has never had to use.
Advantage: Mosley

Matt’s Take: Mayweather’s only true test under pressure was in his first fight with Jose Luis Castillo. Many considered his antics unsatisfactory due to his inability to deal with adversity down the stretch. Outside of a few rough rounds against Castillo, his exceptional skills have cleared him free of anything more than an in fight hand injury. He has never been completely knocked off his feet as a pro, yet to bleed and outside of being briefly buzzed by Demarcus Corley many years ago, hasn’t had to fight in danger. Mayweather deserves the world of credit for being able to avoid danger all these years, but at the same time, his heart remains a big question mark.

Mosley has never backed down in a fight. His ability to take shots and keep on coming is a major attribution to his heart. He stood directly in front of some of boxing’s best and is yet to be phased. Being able to overcome distractions from a nasty, well publicized divorce prior to dominating Margarito also earns him major kudos.

Advantage: Mosley

Both have taken part in highly publicized fights, and shared the ring with only the best over the past five years. Mosley has tasted victory and defeat, whereas Mayweather has seen only success. When a fight of this magnitude goes down, I almost feel like experience goes out the window.

When you have stared down Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and even Ricky Hatton you’ve peaked. Both Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather have fought on the biggest possible stage over the course of their careers and both have been to this dance before. Neither fighter’s experience will make a difference come May 1.

Advantage: Draw

Matt’s Take: Simply put, Mayweather and Mosley, two of boxing’s top fighters in the last 15 years, have fought some of the biggest names to get to the top. Collectively they have faced Oscar De La Hoya (three times), Winky Wright (twice), Vernon Forrest (twice), Fernando Vargas (twice), Jose Luis Castillo (twice), Miguel Cotto, Diego Corrales, Ricky Hatton, Arturo Gatti, Antonio Margarito, Zab Judah and Juan Manuel Marquez. If this were chess, it would be a stalemate.

Advantage: Draw


Shane Mosley is one of the greatest fighters of this era, and possibly of all time, but on May 1 he will face a fighter that is in that same category, and five years younger. Mayweather opponents are almost automatically labeled underdogs, but I don’t think there has been one as live as Mosley. Live as he may be, Shane is still an underdog.

If Floyd brings his A game I don’t feel like anyone in the world can beat him, and if you expect anything less than his a game for this bout you are mistaken. I see Floyd showing up in one of the toughest fights of his career and coming out on top again. Mosley will make it a war, and probably get the respect he’s sought in what may be one of his final appearances. Mayweather meanwhile will pick up a major victory and some heavy negotiating leverage for a bout with Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather UD

Matt’s Take: Mayweather has plenty of advantages. His body is fresher. He is younger. His last bout was more recent than Mosley’s. But something tells me Sugar Shane is going to pull out one for the ages. This bout has been proposed for years and a victory moves either fighter up on the all time pound for pound list. With the huge fight just days away, Mosley is humble as always, while Mayweather is cocky as ever. Physically, Mayweather has plenty of reasons to be, as he looks to be in perfect form, but there is one major x-factor Sugar Shane has that Floyd doesn’t; Nazim Richardson.
Richardson has long been boxing’s most underrated trainer, as few give him the proper credit for helping Bernard Hopkins expose previously unbeaten opponents in Felix Trinidad and Kelly Pavlik. Those that know Richardson will tell you that he is more prepared than any trainer in the world. In his lone appearance working with Mosley, he helped him upset the highly favored Antonio Margarito in what many considered the best performance of his career.

Richardson and Mosley will be the team to figure out Mayweather’s seemingly unbeatable style, and while Shane may get outboxed in the early going, he will be the first man to really catch “Pretty Boy” Floyd. Expect to see Mosley use feints followed by right hands to bust up Mayweather’s shoulder roll. Enough clean shots from Mosley are enough to end any opponent’s night, including Floyd Mayweather, who will get stopped in one of the most storied victories in boxing history.
Mosley by late stoppage

Author: Matt Yanofsky


Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley: The Verdict

LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweatherwas asked during Wednesday's press conference if he recalled the last time that he was shaken by "a really good shot" in a fight.

"I don't know," said the 33-year-old Mayweather, before being reminded of his lopsided, May, 2004 unanimous decision over
DeMarcus Corley during which he was caught by two, double-lead right hands high on his left temple before a follow up left hand to the nose by the southpaw sent him wobbling to the ropes.

"Corley, You know, he's always been known as a good puncher. He caught my attention. But then, I shook it off and dropped his ass," said Mayweather, who dropped Corley in the eighth, and, 10th rounds.

If it is debatable the amount of times Mayweather has been touched, let alone, hurt while amassing a record of 40-0, with 25 knockouts and earning six titles along the way, then it is debatable to all but Mayweather, a defensive specialist whose motto is, "Ain't nothing cool about taking punishment."

"The proof is in the pudding. I'm the fighter who takes the least amount of punishment, I land at the highest percentage," said Mayweather, who is coming off of September's unanimous, 12-round decision over
Juan Manuel Marquez, which ended a 21-month ring absence.

"Everybody says that they have the game plan to beat me, but it's just that defense. You just can't break through that defense can not break through the defense no matter what you do," said Mayweather. "I don't take no punishment, and that's not my fault. Once again, it's not cool to take punishment. Ain't nothing cool about taking punishment."

On Saturday night, yet another opponent will step up to take his best shots at Mayweather, as 38-year-old, WBA welterweight (147 pounds) champion, Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) tries to hand the Las Vegas resident his first loss.

Mosley will be defending his crown, although Mayweather can not win it in victory since he refused to pay the WBA's sanctioning fee.

Mayweather will earn a guaranteed $22.5 million for his efforts, which is three times Mosley's $7 million. Both fighters will receive an upside to the HBO pay per view.

Although Mayweather is facing the largest, and, most athletic opponent of his career, he maintains that, just like his past rivals, Mosley will become befuddled by his defense, and that the Pamona, Calif., native will be surprised by his under rated punching power.

"Mosley keeps talking about his punching power, but most fighters that get in there with me, do you know what they try to do? They get in there and they end up fightin for their own survival. They all say that they're good fighters, they all say that they're fast, they all say that they're strong," said Mayweather, a fierce, slicing counter-puncher.

"But afterward, they come back and they say, 'You know what? Floyd Mayweather was a lot stronger than I thought he was,' and, 'Floyd punches a lot harder than I thought that he would be,'" said Mayweather, who also appears to have what his adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, calls, "sixth sense," that allows him to almost see his rival's punches coming.

"I just know it. I just know it. I can feel it," Mayweather said of the ability. "I can just see it, brother. I just know what you're going to do."

But Mosley named the Corley fight among those he has studied with trainer, Naazim Richardson, with whom he noted that Mayweather "has had trouble with the left hand."

"The jab is very important against Floyd Mayweather, according to
Oscar de la Hoya. Oscar was successful with the jab against him, and his arms are almost as long as mine. So I think the jab will be important," said Mosley, who is taller and will enjoy a reach advantage against Mayweather.

Ricky Hatton had a couple of good left hands in there. Jose Luis Castillo did as well," said Mosley. "So the left hand shots seem to give Mayweather a little bit of a problem, but that's not the only thing. It's not just the jab."

Once a vicious power-, and, body-punching lightweight (135 pounds) titlist, Mosley said that he will vary his attack to include boxing, and, even out-thinking Mayweather.

Mosley is coming off of two, straight knockout victories over former world champions,
Ricardo Mayorga, as a junior middleweight (154 pounds), and, Antonio Margarito, in the 12th, and, ninth rounds, respectively.

The victory over Margarito, who never had been stopped, earned Mosley the WBA welterweight crown.

But Mosley, himself, was 38-0, with 35 knockouts in January of 2002 when he was dropped, and, nearly stopped in the first round of his first of two, straight losses to the late
Vernon Forrest.

Mosley's other losses were against Winky Wright (twice), and, Miguel Cotto, leading Mayweather to say that Mosley "has trouble with boxers."

"This is going to be an outstanding performance," said Richardson. "As I have said before, you have good fighters, you have champions, you have elite fighters and you have guys that are special. In this fight, you have a rare occasion where you see two special guys going against each other."

Being that the clash features not only two, American fighters, but two, African Americans, Mayweather-Mosley, for some, conjures memories of the bout between
Sugar Ray Leonard, of Palmer Park, MD., and, Thomas Hearns, of Detroit, which created a buzz after Leonard's September of 1981, come-from-behind, 14th-round knockout in The Fight Of The Year.

"No doubt this is a great fight, I think that this fight is going to be a real, good fight, but as far as being a comparison with me and Ray Leonard, the fight with me and Ray was just so huge. No one knew what the outcome was going to be," said Hearns, who was in town, with Leonard, to assist with the promotion.

"But this fight with Mosley and Mayweather, it's going to be a good fight, but I don't see it being as massive as Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns. The fight on Saturday night will be a very interesting fight, and I may be a little partial, because it was our fight. But I just don't see them doing the same types of things," said Hearns, who was 22 at a time when Leonard was 25.

"Don't look for the same thing on Saturday night," said Hearns. "Our fight has been talked about for decades, and a few decades now. It's still on people's minds. We set the standard. It's kind of hard to top what we did. It's not going to happen again."

Hearns said, "I believe in giving the fans what they want to see," adding, "The people made us perform. That was a moment, and we felt like we had to give them our best."

Leonard called their bout, "A fight for survival," adding, "To win the fight against Tommy, I really had to fight my best. Like Tommy said, he brought the best out of me, and I brought the best out of him. It was a fight with ebb-and-flow, one that took me to the limit and required every ounce of me -- physically, mentally and spiritually -- to beat Tommy Hearns."

Mayweather is not likely to change his style against Mosley, but, rather, look to impose his style, which could completely neutralize Mosley's.

"Most of the time, fights don't live up to their expectations. But fights like this, between Mosley and Mayweather, I truly believe that this fight will live up to the expectations because it's all about bragging rights -- whether they admit it or not," said Leonard. "They may not admit it, and I know that they want the money just like I want the money, but for the guys, individually, it's bragging rights."

So which of the two fighters will have those bragging rights after Saturday night?

"If Shane comes out, uses his ability to box, and uses his left hand, that's the key for Mosley," said Hearns. "If Mayweather uses his quickness and his slickness, he'll win the fight easily, with no problem."

FanHouse will go with the latter, picking Mayweather to weather Mosley's early aggression and build momentum over the second half of the fight on the way to a close, split-decision.

Author: Lem Satterfield

Will Mayweather Ever Have To Pay The Price For Boxing Immortality?

Whether they like it or not (and who would?) greatness for a prize fighter comes only with the display of a high pain threshold. It is a sad requirement of the sport, a demand put on boxers to define themselves not simply by their most triumphant moments but by overcoming their most difficult ones.

Would the story be the same for Ali if there had never been a Joe Frazier to knock him to the floor and challenge him at every turn? Would Sugar Ray Robinson be so sweet without Jake LaMotta, Carmen Basilio, Max Schmeling and even Randy Turpin tormenting him?

Leonard and Hagler needed Thomas Hearns as much to test their mettle as to prove their greatness. It is a truism of boxing going back that goes back to the days of bare knuckle brawling. Even though these days one can gain world rankings and even world titles without facing so much as one true challenge, the price of boxing immortality is higher for it demands a hard night or two when all seems lost and still you triumph.

That is what is missing from Roy Jones’ resume (judging by the poor performance of his chin when finally tested one can understand why he avoided such challenges for so long) and from Mike Tyson’s. Neither got off the floor to win, at least not when deposited there in the kind of crushing way that leaves the sound of wind chimes in their head long after they are again upright.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. seems to have no interest in facing such a moment and one can understand why yet he needs such a night to validate not his boxing talent, which is obvious, but to test him in the hot cauldron of adversity.

Mayweather may finally face such a test Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena when he steps into the ring against four-time world champion Shane Mosley but he wants no part of such a test. In fact, he mocks the very idea of it and why wouldn’t he?

As Mayweather’s trainer and uncle, the former champion Roger Mayweather, said recently when asked about his nephew’s apparent distaste for being hit, “I don’t know anybody that likes to get hit.’’

It’s a good point but the difficult fact when it comes to assessing Mayweather is that we have yet to see him face the kind of adversity Leonard did in his first bout with Hearns or the type of hellish, soul-searching moments Ali encountered when in the ring with Joe Frazier.

In boxing, fair or unfair, that is when we decide who and what a fighter really is. This is not to promise Mosley will be able to take Mayweather to such a dark and difficult place but it is where he needs to go to win over the remaining doubters and skeptics who insist he is still untested even after winning 40 straight fights and world titles from 130 pounds to 154 pounds.

Yet in Mayweather’s opinion that whole concept is borderline insanity. Why must a fighter struggle to prove his greatness? Why isn’t dominance enough?

“I take less punishment, I land the highest percentage and I work the hardest,’’ he said of himself recently not long before insisting he not only compared favorably to Ali and Ray Robinson but was better than both, a position that has been hotly debated ever since.

“My father taught me defense and no one can break through it. I just know if a punch is coming. I can feel it. I know what my opponent is going to do.’’

Perhaps he does for those are the instincts that separate good boxers from great ones. But what happens to him on the night he doesn’t know? What happens on the night he takes more punishment, not less?

Can he still find a way to win then, when he is wounded and vulnerable in the way Leonard appeared to be in his first fight with Hearns or the way Ali was against Frazier? Frankly, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. would rather not find out.

“Shane is a solid welterweight with great accomplishments but I have been fighting these kinds of fighters my whole career without much appreciation,’’ Mayweather said. “Shane has talent. I have a God-given gift. No one gives me credit for who I’ve fought during my career because I can make anybody look like a nobody.

“Shane’s done some things in this sport but I’ve done a lot of things in this sport. I’ve done a lot of things that a lot of fighters weren’t able to do and didn’t do.

“I don’t rate myself. I’m a harsh critic of myself so no matter how I go I always say to myself I could have done better. When I fought (Diego) Corrales I said I could have done better. When I fought (Arturo) Gatti I said I could have done better. My main thing is I don’t worry about it.’’

He doesn’t worry about the need for a bloody night of triumph either. If Mayweather leaves the MGM early Sunday morning looking like he’s been there for a night of blackjack rather than as if he’d been hit by a blackjack it’s no bother to him because, the way he sees it, bruises are not the definition of greatness in boxing.

“I don’t get paid to get hit,’’ Mayweather insisted. “I wasn’t taught to get hit. I was taught how to hit and not get hit. That’s what I’m about. I don’t need my nose all over my face to prove I’m a great fighter. When I get in the ring I’m trying to get that boy off my ass.

“I love the fans but I fight for me first because the truth is you’re just an object. Once they’re done with you, it’s over so it doesn’t matter to me what other people say.

“There’s nothing cool about taking punishment. What’s cool is dishing it out so when your career is over you still have all your senses. When my career is over fans will appreciate my skills and my boxing ability. I know who Floyd Mayweather is. I’m a great fighter…a great fighter.’’

Maybe so great that he won’t ever need to overcome great difficulties and difficult nights to prove it but, boxing being boxing, I wouldn’t bet on it. 

Author: Rob Borges

The New Em Was Bangin’: Mosley-Mayweather 24/7 Pt. 4

Last week…heck this season on 24-7, training reached “furious peaks,” viewers got a peek at Olympic drug testing procedures, Mayweather talked trash, Brother Nazim dropped some racial sociology…

...and the theme song takes us into the real-timey recap and the highlight of these four episodes. “I’m not afraid…”

Both camps are shown in states of preparation, Mosley watching KO Nation reruns and Mayweather running, Richardson praying, Uncle Roger Mayweather doing…what the heck was Roger doing?

Who cares…all of this plays over a hot new track for Eminem and…oh my…it’s actually good. After two stinky albums in a row, could it be that Eminem will stop making goofy voices to disguise oafish lyrics and get back to just dropping hot tracks?

Rumors of a quality album can only build after this. Mayweather is talking over the song which is just annoying since he’s not saying anything new. “My Daddy believes in…” shhhhh.

And that’s it. Song over. That means just regular old 24/7. It’s off to a cute start as Mayweather spends time with his kids, making up a song about Shane Mosley’s “jheri curl.” See episode two for further information. His daughter is adorable and she’s getting A’s in school. Right on.

Nothing, ever, snarky about the kids. Kids are cool.

At Camp Mosley, chanting is going on to get in the mood of the warrior. Swimming tubes and towels abound and Mosley voices over about why he wants to, believes he will, win. Richardson says he sees exploitable flaws in Mayweather.

This all feels familiar, like we’ve seen it before. What’s next doesn’t. As Team Mosley loads up to head for Vegas from Big Bear, the anti-doping folks arrive for the latest random test and Mosley seems agitated, doping tests in conflict with his efforts to make sure he’s on weight. The doping official, Kris Forberg, gives a speech on why this is so important to sports which is basically a commercial for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s (logically assumed) desire to get beyond the amateur ranks and crack that pro sports money in a bigger way.

Back at the gym with Mayweather, it’s mitt work and Roger lets the audience know that “however (Floyd) got 40 wins, he’ll find a way to get 41.” Then they work the mitts. The requisite scene of locking the gym and reopening to a bloody sparring partner was omitted in this version of the show.

More kids, this time working out in the gym, with nephew Lakai and “Cash Flow” back for cameos. Both those kids rock when they’re firing in combination. I smell pay-per-view 2025. Floyd skips rope and invokes God.

With Big Bear in the rearview mirror to the sounds of Bob Marley (is that USADA approved?), Mosley arrives to the mobs in Las Vegas. “It can get real intoxicating.” Mayweather arrives shortly after, shaking hands with the fans and voicing over about how the stars make it out for “Mayweather-mania.”

Whatcha’ gonna do?

Mosley gets in a light workout but stresses the light. “My task is to make sure that I don’t leave anything in the gym and to make sure that I give the fans and everybody 100% of me. Everything in the fight.”

The camps are then shown preparing for their face-to-face time at the final Wednesday press conference. Nazim shoots down the efficacy of trash talk and narrator Liev Schreiber states that “hyperbole is simply a stylish way of communicating the truth” before taking us to the dapper dressing of Floyd Mayweather Sr.

The proud father feels a win here will push his son’s legacy “over the hill,” giving his son son a chance to beat pretty much everyone “they” said he couldn’t.

Pretty much everyone is a way of not saying Manny Pacquiao.

Uncle Roger states the family name, Mayweather, is one of the great ones in boxing, that his nephew is one of the best ever. Brother Nazim counters, saying Floyd can’t be seen as great by all until he truly faces adversity.

At the presser, everyone gets a line.

Golden Boy executive Richard Schafer feels these are the two best fighters in the world.

Mosley predicts “one of the greatest fights in this decade, maybe in history.”

Uncle Roger: “This is what makes great fights. If it wasn’t a great fight all (the press) would be here eating for free.”

Papa Mayweather: “It’s here now. You (Mosley) are in trouble.

Brother Nazim? “You have good fighters, you have champions, you have elite fighters, and then you have guys that are special. And in this fight you get a rare occasion where you get two special guys competing against each other.”

Does Floyd have anything to say? Does the sun rise? “On May 1st, I’m gonna’ go out there and be Floyd Mayweather and do what I do best. Be smart; be sharp; and fight hard. And as they say, may the best man win.”

With that, it’s some strange analogy about Vegas’s neon graveyard, the home of trashed old casino signs. Some more meta-talk is uttered as the show hits its lengthy closing montage. Oddly, there is no late cut of weigh-in footage but who cares?

What matters is the fight. It’s almost here.

Grade: As is typical, this show is best in weeks one and the final jump off before the fight. It doesn’t mean it picked up from much being a little dry. The déjà vu quality is just hard to miss, down to retelling and reintroducing people from week to week as if they haven’t already had their stories told.

So be it. The job of the show is to sell the fight. It likely aided in that and this wasn’t a tough sell anyways. People who know what they’re looking at know this is real, it could be special, and any mainstream media types still whining about it not being Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao merely display the ignorance they have cultivated in regards to the sport.

24/7 is so formula at this point that it may need a rethink soon. When it started, it vaguely hid its infomercial nature. Now it’s just blatant. There’s a better show in there somewhere and they should find it. For now, it’s enough that Mosley and Mayweather will be lacing them up within hours. Grade: B+

Author: Cliff Rold


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