Mayweather vs Mosley: Who are you picking?
Posted by Joannes
Mayweather vs Mosley: Who are you picking? Vegas pundits see a Floyd Mayweather Jr. victory over future hall of famer and current WBA super world welterweight champion Shane Mosley when the two boxers clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1. Early odds put the undefeated Mayweather as a 4-1 favorite, but Mosley is not worried one bit, and with good reason.
Mosley was also considered a 4-1 underdog when he fought Mexican slugger Antonio Margarito in January last year. Some boxing analysts even predicted that Mosley’s career would be over after the fight. However, it was the then-37-year-old Mosley who dominated the match, stopping Margarito in the ninth round.
Hence, it is understandable when Mosley says that there is no way he is going to be victim number 41 for Mayweather. “I’m saying to you guys again, that isn’t going to happen. He’s not going to beat me,” he said, adding that he is going to go for a knockout while admitting that it would not be easy. “I go for a knockout, but I’ll be shocked to see him just laying there on his back like that… happy, but shocked.”
Mosley, however, could be rusty as he has not fought since winning against Margarito due to the cancellation of his January match against Andre Berto. On the other hand, Mayweather is coming off a unanimous decision win against a clearly over-matched and smaller Juan Manuel Marquez. Mayweather defeated Marquez in September, almost two years since retiring in December 2007.
Physically, Mosley is the bigger guy, with a one-inch height and two-inch reach advantage. However, Mayweather is younger at only 33 years old to Mosley’s 38. Record-wise, Mayweather is undefeated in 40 fights with 25 knockouts, while Mosley has a ring record of 46 wins, 5 losses, and 1 draw, with 39 of his wins coming via the short route. Mayweather has the clear advantage in defense, but if there is anything that could make that defense break, it is Mosley’s combination of speed and power.
However, Mayweather believes breaking his impenetrable defense would be next to impossible, and so is a Mosley victory. “You can’t break through that defense… it’s not cool to take punches. If I was in a bunch of wars, I probably wouldn’t be here,” he said to justify his fighting style, which many people consider boring.
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UPDATE: Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Shane Mosley via unanimous decision.