Friday, April 30, 2010

Shane Mosley – Doin’ Work The Right Way

At Big Bear Lake, Shane Mosley isn’t “Sugar Shane” – boxing superstar and future Hall of Famer. He’s just Shane, and after ten years there, the conversations with the locals are the kind you have with your own neighbors, with the exception of the fact that the soft-spoken Mosley is a prizefighter.

“Hey, getting ready for another fight?”

And that’s it. No hour-long heart-to-hearts giving Mosley the secret formula to beating Floyd Mayweather this weekend, no prying into a personal life that has gotten more than enough press in the lead-up to the biggest boxing match of 2010, and no mention of anything that happened in 2003 unless it’s about someone falling into the lake that year or one of the members of the local bowling league rolling a perfect game.

“They’ve known me for years and I’m kinda like a local up here,” Mosley told “Everybody knows where I live and they all know me.”

As one of the locals, Mosley is protected from the outside world to an extent and free to practice his trade without the distractions that come with life at his home outside of training camp – Las Vegas. “Sin City” is the polar opposite of Big Bear, California, just like Mosley is the polar opposite of Floyd Mayweather. While “Pretty Boy Floyd” excels in the midst of chaos and seems to live for it, Mosley appreciates the peace and the quiet that comes before one of the biggest fights of his life.

“I think that’s why I’m up here in Big Bear a lot,” he said. “It’s because I’m at peace. I can be by myself in my room, I can look at TV, and do what I want to do. I don’t have to worry about the outside distractions.”

There have been enough of those leading up to Saturday’s showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, most of them coming in the form of pointed barbs from the Mayweather camp. Yet if these verbal jabs were designed to rattle Mosley or get under his skin, round one will go to the pride of Pomona, California.

“I don’t think that he can get under my skin,” said Mosley. “I’ve been through a lot worse than that as far as mental torture, so I don’t think he can get under my skin.”

Mental torture? A quick rundown of the 52 fight career of Mosley will show that there was some verbal jousting with opponents like Ricardo Mayorga, Fernando Vargas, and Vernon Forrest, but nothing that would really constitute mental torture, at least not to us on the outside. So Mosley clarifies.

“That was back around the time when I was losing,” he says with a chuckle, referring to the 2002-2004 season when he was only able to muster a 1-4, 1 NC record. Granted, his four losses came to Forrest (twice) and Winky Wright (twice), but still, four losses to anyone can put a dent in your earning potential and ego. What makes it worse is when those closest to you start to question whether you still have what it takes to succeed in the hardest game.

“When you have inside people talking crap to you all the time,” said Mosley, “that can be mental torture.”

Since the second loss to Wright in November of 2004, Mosley has resurrected his career, winning seven of eight fights, with the only defeat coming via a close 12 round decision to Miguel Cotto in 2007.

In his most recent bout, in January of 2009, he destroyed heavily favored Antonio Margarito in nine rounds, a performance many applauded not just for the nuts and bolts of the systematic dismantling of the Mexican champion, but because Mosley did it in the eye of a personal storm that included a separation from his then-wife Jin, his involvement in the BALCO performance enhancing drugs scandal from 2003 that was still rearing its head, and the fact that he was breaking in a new trainer in Naazim Richardson after splitting with his father Jack a second time. Most would have broken – Mosley excelled, seemingly finding peace in the midst of war.

So if you think a little trash talking from Mayweather is going to rattle the 38-year old, then you don’t know Shane Mosley.

“When you get ready for fights, you don’t want to be emotional and you try not to have things weighing on your mind too much,” he said. “That’s the most important thing about boxing and about being a fighter – you have to have a clear mind and just worry about the boxing at hand. I’ve never really gone into a fight angry at a fighter. Maybe I’ll be angry about certain things, but not at the other fighter. We’re just doing our jobs; we go in there and fight, and we’re living our lives, wanting to be the best.”

Plus, no one likes being ignored, and the more Mosley deflects Mayweather’s attacks, the more it apparently unnerves the pound-for-pound great. Mosley believes that by engaging, he’s entering Floyd’s world, and when he does that, the master chess player from Las Vegas will have gotten an edge on him that will be hard to overcome.

“I think that’s where Floyd gets the upper hand on fighters,” he said. “He’s already a mental wreck, so he brings you into his game and then you can’t fight the way you want to fight. With me, I don’t think about hating the fighter; I think about winning.”

Mosley isn’t the first fighter to say that, and he won’t be the last. He is one of a small group that actually means it though. I’ll qualify that by saying that there are fighters who think solely about winning, but only because a win will guarantee a bigger payday down the line. But fighters are liars by nature – they tell themselves that they feel fine when they’re hurt, they tell their bodies to keep moving when the natural response is to shut down, and they say it’s all about the love of the game when the bottom line is, there are much easier ways to make a buck than by torturing themselves mentally and physically in the name of sport, and they know it.

But there are some mavericks, like Mosley, who still have that competitive spirit that makes them get up every morning to train and compete, and it’s evident in some of the statements that he makes. In the lead-up to this fight, the three division world champion speaks of proving himself as the best in the world. It’s a place where he has already held court, and that’s a claim only a select few can make, yet doing it once or twice before isn’t enough.

“I’d like to prove myself at this point in time,” he explains. “I know I’ve already proved myself as far as being the best, but I have a personal goal within myself to be able to beat anybody and be at the top of my game. So I just want to prove that I’m the best, even at this time.”

Two fighters keep him from that type of recognition: Mayweather, and the current pound-for-pound boss, Manny Pacquiao. Depending on the outcome of Saturday’s bout, Mosley could leapfrog the Filipino icon should he dismantle Mayweather in dominating fashion, but to most observers, if Mosley wins, it will be in a fight that is anything but one-sided. And even if you’re picking Mayweather to score the victory, you are probably conceding that Mosley will push the Michigan native harder than he has ever been pushed in his perfect 40-0 pro career.

“When everybody puts that “but” or “what if” in there, that means it’s a great fight,” smiles Mosley, and he also believes that the pundits are right; that he will be the man who will force Mayweather to bite down on his mouthpiece, stand his ground, and not box, but fight. Of course, he’s not the first Mayweather opponent to make that claim, so what makes his assertion any different.

“If you look at the guys that he’s fought, they’re a lot lighter and a lot smaller, and the guys that I’ve fought were a lot bigger than me in the last couple of fights, so you can just see the difference,” said Mosley. “He’s been pushed a little bit but he hasn’t fought the top big guys. I fought big guys and knocked them out. That’s the difference. When I get in the ring, I see the difference right away between smaller guys and big guys when I spar with them.”

In other words, Mosley, who is more acclimated to life around 147 / 154 pounds, is expecting to be the bully on Saturday night. He laughs.

“I’m gonna be the bully, the matador, I’m gonna be everything.”

He’s going to need to be. Because in spite of Mayweather’s bluster and ‘bad guy’ persona, when you take that away, he’s still perhaps the most gifted fighter of this era, someone who makes what he does in the ring look effortless. Mosley, on the other hand, has always given the impression that he’s the type of guy that puts on his hard hat and goes to work when the bell rings. Despite his natural gifts, Mosley’s fights end up exhausting not only the participants, but those watching from the safety of their seats. They are comprised of 36 minutes or less of constant motion, with bursts of intensity followed by a close quarters wrestling session and then more action. Conversely, Mayweather’s bouts are like those seen in a video game. A flick here, a push there, and nothing happens that isn’t already programmed into his mind and his fists. When it’s all over, you shut down the console and it’s off to the next game – no marks, no blood, no sweat.

So can boxing’s blue-collar battler beat the computer-like calculations of its most pristine talent? Las Vegas will be on lockdown for as long as it takes to find out, while in Big Bear Lake, the lights will be off in Shane Mosley’s cabin, but there won’t be a panic. The folks there will simply say ‘don’t worry, Shane’s just gone to work.’

Author: Thomas Gerbasi


John David Jackson criticizes Freddie Roach & says winner of Mayweather-Mosley will expose Pacquiao

John David Jackson was a two-division champion in the nineties and is considered to be one of the most talented trainers in the game today and currently works with Nate Campbell, Allan Green, and Bernard Hopkins, but after he made comments last year claiming that Pacquiao didn’t fight black fighters, Pacquiao fans across the world have considered Jackson to be Pacquiao hater number one. And just recently, John David was a guest on FightFanNation radio and criticized Freddie Roach and theorized that the winner of Saturday’s fight between Mayweather and Mosley would expose Pacquiao.

“As far as Freddie is concerned and I like Freddie and we are friends and he might get mad at this, but I could care less though. Listen Freddie is blessed to have one guy in his career that has stood up for him and that’s Manny. Manny is making the money he should make. With Freddie’s ailments he doesn’t have a pension in boxing to fall back on, he doesn’t have a health plan so the money he is making is going to help him out for what he needs in the future and god bless him for that. People ask me all the time is Freddie a great trainer? Freddie is not a great trainer. Freddie inherited a lot of good fighters when he first came out of the game. How in the world could you be a punching bag as a fighter, getting hit numerous times, he may get mad at me, but look at the films, look at the fights. He caught a lot of punches. How could you become a great trainer and teach defense when you never had defense yourself? It makes no sense. Let me say this in my defense before it sounds like I’m bashing. I’ve talked to a lot of fighters that Freddie has trained, a lot of my friends, and they all tell me the same thing that Freddie never taught them anything as far as professional boxing was concerned. Most of these guys knew how to fight when Freddie inherited these guys. I’m not going to name names, but a lot of the good fighters he’s had already knew how to fight when Freddie got with them, he didn’t teach them from day one so his teaching was not needed.

One thing about Freddie and I’ve watched Freddie in the gym and for a man with the ailments that he has he will bust his butt and give you 110% of what he has. He will push you in the gym and I will give him credit for that. He is a very good motivator and he will push you. As for a teacher I watched him in camp with Bernard, you can’t teach a man how to fight that has been boxing for twenty something years. With a guy like that you might add a few things to his game or devise a game plan for him, but when the bell rings most cats know what they are going to do once the bell rings. Most of the stuff you showed them in the gym goes out the window because most guys have to improvise once that bell rings. So most fighters improvise once the bell rings, they adjust once the bell rings. You might teach them one hundred days straight, but when the bell rings, they might think ‘forget that crap’ and improvise. Freddie is a good guy and he will push and give you 110% of what he’s got and he will get you ready for a fight, but as far as teaching I don’t see the teaching and I’ve watched him and he’s a good guy and he might get mad and we might never speak against, but as far as teaching, no. He might show you some stuff, but its overkill. Teach the guy what they need to know, but you can’t teach me stuff you never did. How are you going to show me something you never did in the ring, it doesn’t work.

Freddie hasn’t made Pacquiao complete this guy still makes a lot of mistakes, but it’s going to take the winner of Mosley-Mayweather to expose those flaws. Everybody he is fighting is handpicked and you can’t blame the fighter for that. The promoter and the manager are making these fights for Manny and they are being smart and cashing out with this guy. I’m not blaming them and they are doing what they are supposed to do and he’s making all the money he can make in a short amount of time and they are doing the right thing for this kid and god bless them for that because every fighter wishes they had a promoter doing that for them. One thing about Freddie its kill or be killed he didn’t care and that was his saying and he’s probably given Manny the offense, the attack that he needs and that’s helped Manny a lot, but defensively he’s lacking, trust me, he gets hit a lot. Not these last few fights, but the Marquez kid and those smaller guys would tattoo him a little bit. He’s been rocked and he’s been hurt. As of lately he’s had the right style in front of him and he’s done what he supposed to do and I can’t knock Manny. It’s not his fault that these guys have signed contracts to come down to catch weights. That’s not his fault, whoever they put in front of them he’s beaten. Let’s be real. Cotto at 145, the weight limit is 147. Even Shane was talking crazy ‘I’ll fight him at 140,’ I said Shane you must be crazy, make this man meet your at 147 where you are strong and let’s see what he is made of, don’t sit there and let this guy dictate to you and say you have to come in at 141 or 142. Make him fight you at 147. He’s going to make money off you so make money off him, but make it even. These catch weight things, this guy is supposed to be pound for pound the best and the greatest then fight them at the weight you are supposed to meet them at, don’t make a catch weight. Cotto, that was his fault to lose those two pounds, 145 that was crazy, he knew that was going to kill him. Freddie was smart, Bob Arum was brilliant, they knew what they were doing and I give them credit, they knew what they were doing. I think the winner between Mayweather-Mosley will be the true test of what he has if they make it at 147, no catch weights.

Author: Brent Alderson


Does Manny Pacquiao Dream of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hearing “10?”

Manny Pacquiao is currently busy campaigning for a congressional seat in the province of Sarangani in the Philippines. From all accounts, the political process in Sarangani can be a wild and wooly adventure, but Pacquiao will take time out from the stump to work as an analyst for the Mayweather-Mosley television broadcast in the Philippines. Needless to say, Pacquiao, whose proposed bout with Mayweather imploded earlier this year over drug testing demands seen by many as a clever Mayweather smokescreen, will be more than just an interested observer. In fact, his next step, at least as far as boxing goes, may very well be determined by who wins the bout on Saturday night. Freddie Roach has already stated that Pacquiao will fight again regardless of the outcome of the election, so Pacquiao will be searching for an opponent and Mayweather-Mosley has been seen by some as a box-off for the right to face Pacquiao. Not exactly the kind of prize most would hope for–the possibility of being vivisected in the ring by the greatest fighter in the world–but some might appreciate it more than others. But what about Pacquiao? What outcome is he hoping for on Saturday night?

Pacquiao has gone on record and has given Mosley more respect than most who have weighed in on the bout recently. “I think Mosley has a great chance to win,” Pacquiao told The Ring. “He’s a fighter. Mayweather is a boring fighter but I think, Mayweather-Mosley will be a good fight.” There seems to be an air of wish fulfillment to his outlook on the fight, as if Pacquiao, like many others put off by the obnoxious behavior of “Money,” would just like to see Mayweather knocked through the ropes and into press row. But there might be other reasons for Pacquiao to hope Mosley wins.

If Mayweather, as expected, has his hand raised, then Pacquiao will be at the mercy of Floyd, Roger, and Leonard Ellerbe. Flapdoodles over drug testing and whispering campaigns about steroids will now also be combined with new, vice-like financial demands. Because his pay-per-view numbers against Mosley will far exceed those Pacquiao pulled in against Joshua Clottey last March, Mayweather feels that he is, as usual, in the boss chair. Judging from his recent comments regarding his pay-per-view prowess, Mayweather will look to add financial acrimony to any new negotiations. As one might imagine, this will not go over well with Bob Arum or Team Pacquiao. In other words, as far as Pacquiao-Mayweather is concerned, things are going to get worse before they get better.

In addition, Mayweather is such a polarizing figure that he virtually guarantees blockbuster success regardless of who gloves up against him. No matter where Mayweather breaks ground, so to speak, he will hit paydirt. “With or without Pacquiao,” he allegedly told, “I’m still going to go out and make $20 or $30 million a night.” He is, more or less, correct. With a toxic persona calculated to draw the casual fan who confuses vulgarity with glitz, Mayweather can–and has–called his own shots in boxing. Pacquaio may be his equal (if not his superior) between the ropes, but he is no match for Mayweather outside of the ring. Unassuming and soft-spoken, Pacquiao has earned his fame based solely on his fistic merits. Mayweather, on the other hand, has developed a shtick that often overshadows his measured style in the ring. This “superstar status” makes it easier for Mayweather to pick and choose his opponents.

If Mosley, a 3-1 underdog on most books, can spring the shocking upset, then a fight with Pacquiao is nearly automatic, since Mosley simply wants to fight the best and there would be few, if any, hardline stances on his part. Compared to most fighters, Mosley is a breeze to deal with. Because he is determined to solidify some sort of lasting legacy, Mosley has agreed to fight almost anybody without rancor or fanfare. Immediate rematches with two foes who beat him easily–the late Vernon Forrest and southpaw nightmare Winky Wright–certainly prove that much. If not for unforeseen circumstances, Mosley would have faced Andre Berto and Zab Judah as well. Simply put: Mosley wants to fight the best and always has. It would be no surprise at all if Mosley waived “Olympic style” drug testing procedures–talked up not only by Mayweather but by his de facto promoter, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. Mosley has also learned to put his financial ego in check ever since his stringent demands for an direct rematch with Oscar De La Hoya went nowhere fast in 2000.

For Pacquiao, a Mosley victory will mean his blood pressure level will not rise significantly during negotiations. The same cannot be said if Mayweather wins the fight, especially if he wins impressively. An avalanche of insults, some witty, some merely vulgar, a flashy lifestyle of the rich and infamous vibe, and an unruly family that puts the “dys” in dysfunctional have combined to make Mayweather the only mainstream American fighter currently extant. Over the next few months, if Mayweather beats Mosley, the heckling, dickering, kvetching and retching–partly legitimate and partly contrived for branding purposes–will hit radioactive levels and the only possible innocent bystander, other than the concept of good taste, naturally, will be the superfight itself. Who do you think Pacquiao wants to see win on Saturday night?

Author: Carlos Acevedo


Floyd Mayweather is in for a fight against Socal's Shane Mosley

Floyd Mayweather has a fight on his hands on Saturday night. I know some casual boxing fans look at Shane Mosley and see his five losses and notice that he’s 38 years old, but if you look at the trajectory of his career as well as his recent performances, you have to admit that Sugar Shane is still a very formidable opponent. Now he may not be as formidable as Golden Boy Promotion would have you believe with their made up polls about the fight being a fifty-fifty proposition in the eyes fan around the world when in their very own magazine, The Ring, seventeen out of twenty experts polled picked Mayweather to win, but it’s still a very dangerous and intriguing fight.

The fight should have happened when Mayweather was in the middle of his run as arguably the greatest junior lightweight in history and Shane was the undefeated IBF lightweight champion of the world, but Mosley moved up to welterweight to chase Oscar De La Hoya and Mayweather didn’t end up moving to 135 pounds until 2002. Now Mosley started his career with a 38-0 record and in his last fourteen fights he’s had an 8-5 record along with one no-contest. That record isn’t necessarily a critique of Shane Mosley as a fighter.

He first lost to Vernon Forrest in 2002, but Forrest was a huge welterweight and had given problems to Mosley before when he upset him in the 1992 Olympic trials. And the rematch was considerably more competitive, Shane just had a trouble with Vernon’s size and they way he used that size to his advantage. Afterward Shane jump started his career again when he upset Oscar De La Hoya the second time in 2003. Now, most observers, this writer included, thought Oscar won the rematch, but Mosley got the decision and was back on top again.

Unfortunately for Mosley, Winky Wright had established himself as the outright opponent to beat at 154 pounds and Mosley lost his title to Winky in March of 2004. Now Wright was a huge 154 pound who had been fighting at that weight since he was a teenager and even moved up to light heavyweight in the summer of 2007 to fight Bernard Hopkins so that fight isn’t really a cloud over Shane’s career. And the rematch later that year was much more competitive. Thus four of Shane’s five losses are to fighters who had considerable advantages in height and reach and who had generally been avoided by the best fighters in the sport. And even though Shane lost those fights to Forrest and Wright, the rematches were considerably more competitive and Shane has never been chased out of the ring by anybody. And his last loss to Miguel Cotto was a very competitive fight that could have gone either way and that was Cotto at his best before he was ruined by Antonio Margarito.

Since his first loss to Forrest Mosley has had some good wins and has fought an elite caliber of opponent. He stopped the much larger Fernando Vargas twice in 2006 and completely outclasses Luis Callazo in 2007, a fighter that took current WBC champion Andre Berto to hell and back in one of the best fights of 2009. And the win last January against Margarito who was heavily favored speaks for itself so even though at 38 yeoars of age, Mosley probably isn’t in his prime, he’s not too far from it and is still one of the best ten or twelve pound for pound fighters in the world. Plus Sugar Shane is naturally the bigger man with considerably more punching power than Mayweather so I think Floyd is in for a fight on Saturday.

Some experts think Floyd hasn’t fought anybody during the course of the last eight years except for De La Hoya in a bout that was very competitive so they think, specifically the Mayweather haters such as’s Doug Fischer, that Mosley is going to practically assault Floyd who they feel is going to be in a for a surprise when he’s in there fighting one of boxing’s best fighters who is actually bigger and stronger. Personally I disagree and think Floyd would have beaten Mosley in 1999 if they had fought. I also think the lay-off rejuvenated Mayweather physically and allowed him to grow into a genuine 147 pounder.

Before the layoff, he was more of a junior-welterweight fighting at welterweight, but from the trouble he had at the scales against Marquez as well the obvious increase of his muscular development, Mayweather has become a legitimate welterweight. Mosley is a very very good fighter, but not a great fighter like Floyd, and Mayweather’s speed along with his defensive prowess will allow him to win a decision and set up a fight with Manny Pacquiao that will definitely happen in the fall, especially after the Mayweather-Mosley fight fails to generate 1.5 million pay per view buys. Still that being said, the fighter formerly known as Pretty Boy Floyd has a fight on his hands on Saturday night, and will likely have to survive a few rocky moments on his way to a decision victory. I can’t wait until Saturday.

Author: Brent Alderson



WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley predicts he will beat Floyd Mayweather Jr in their showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, Manila Time, and will then he ready and willing to face pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.

When ABS-CBN’S North American Bureau correspondent Bev Llorente asked Mosley whether he would be willing to fight Pacquia after his battle with Mayweather, Mosley said “Definitely, I will fight anybody who is the best.”

Mosley who has always praised Pacquiao for his achievements said he thinks Pacquiao will prevail in his difficult political battle for a seat in the House of Representatives in the May 10 elections with the “Fighter of the Decade” is seeking the lone seat from the province of Sarangani where his charming wife Jinkee has reportedly been a major asset on the campaign trail with surveys indicating that Pacquiao was ahead of his rival Roy Chiongbian who is from a well-established political dynasty in the region.

Mosley told Llorente he hopes Pacquiao will win because “He is a great guy and hopefully he wins as congressman. He will accomplish everything he needs to accomplish in his life.”

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer in what appeared to be an effort to mend relations with Pacquiao in the face of a lawsuit where Pacquiao has charged the Golden Boy Promotions CEO for accusing him of being on performance enhancing drugs which Schaefer has denied, said Pacquiao “is a great champion inside the ring and he will be a great champion outside the ring.”

Schaefer also told Llorente that a galaxy of stars including NBA players and Hollywood celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Will Smith and Jack Nicholson will be at special ringside for the fights which is normal. Pacquiao himself has often been visited by big name Hollywood stars and NBA superstars while in training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach in Los Angeles and also at his fights where on one occasion the members of the champion Boston Celtics team cheered Pacquiao in his dressing room after another of his sensational victories.

An internet survey in the US has shown that West Coast fight fans appear to be firmly behind Mosley while the East Coast is going for Mayweather.

Mayweather was picked by 62 percent in the East Coast while 38 percent chose Mosley while in the West Coast the margin was closer with Mosley receiving 52 percent to Mayweather's 48 percent.

Big cities like Los Angeles and New York reflected the difference with LA going for Mosley over Mayweather 55-45 percent while New York had Mayweather in front 56-44 percent.

There was even a difference in the Pacquiao camp with the champion picking Mosley to win while his c elebrated trainer Freddie Roach was confident that Mayweather would prevail in a twelve round decision.

Llorente said Filipinos in the US are hoping that Mayweather wins because they want to see a Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight.

Author: Ronnie Nathanielsz

Mosley’s camp thinks it saw a second of doubt in Mayweather

LAS VEGAS – Interpreting body language is an inexact science at best, but Shane Mosley’s camp thinks it might have detected doubt – perhaps fear — in Floyd Mayweather Jr. at a formal news conference Wednesday before their welterweight confrontation Saturday night at the MGM Grand.

“I didn’t see it, but somebody told me that Floyd turned and flinched,’’ Mosley said of a moment when the two posed for photos in the ritual face-to-face, eyeball-to-eyeball showdown. “I was told he looked a little nervous. Like I said, I didn’t see it. But it’s interesting.’’

In a roundtable with writers Thursday, Mosley and his trainer, Naazim Richardson sounded as if Mayweather’s surprisingly polite appearance was a sign that the pre-fight rounds were at least a draw.

Suddenly, there was none of the usual profane trash-talk from Mayweather, who also can play as many roles as an accomplished actor. At the final news conference, he was so polite he could have been Mosley.

“He was acting like Shane,’’ Richardson said. “He lost those early battles.’’

An accurate nickname
Here’s a very big reason Mayweather calls himself Money:

According to contracts filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Mayweather’s guarantee for Saturday night is $22.5 million. It is the biggest guarantee for a non-heavyweight. Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas had bigger guarantees. Douglas’ contracted guarantee for a 1990 loss to Evander Holyfield was $24 million.

The record for earnings for a single fight is $54 million, which is what Oscar De La Hoya collected after a percentage of pay-per-receipts were added to his check for his loss in 2007 to Mayweather.

Mosley is guaranteed $7 million. Do this Mayweather is making more than three times as much, according to Nevada Commission record. No wonder Richardson said a couple of weeks ago that Mosley was a lousy negotiator.

Putting on a show
Richardson calls Mayweather a genius in the ring. But he also said that Mayweather’s reputation for trash-talk is rooted in his desire to be a showman, which might mask his real character. He behaves in a way he might not if a camera wasn’t pointed at him, Richardson said.

“Point a camera at some guys and they’’ pull their pants down and slap their cheeks against the lense,’’ Richardson said. “If somebody applauds, they’ll do it again.’’

Mayweather has been the star of the Home Box Office’s popular 24/7 series in pre-fight programming.

“24/7 is his show,’’ Richardson said. “Now, he has to win the fight. But on the night of the fight, he has already entertained us.’’

Author: Marc Abrams


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