Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Manny Pacquiao vs Sugar Shane Mosley

Photos Courtesy of Showtime Boxing

By Randy De La O

Years ago, when my father, the late great Andrew De La O was still alive, he would almost always answer the obvious questions with "It's possible but not probable". I have no doubt that would be his answer to "Hey Dad, do you think Mosley can beat Pacquiao?" It would be petty hard to argue with that. A decade ago I would probably say Mosley, without a doubt but it's not 2001, it's 2011 and Mosley is nearing 40 years of age. The odds favor Manny Pacquiao, big time..

That being said, if there is any fighter alive, in or around that weight class, that can find the possibility of beating Pacquiao, it's Sugar Shane Mosley. Manny is great, no doubt. I'm not convinced he can walk on water but he can fight, I''ll give him that. What makes it even microscopically possible is Manny's style and Mosley's quickness. Mosley is a pure fighter and is at his absolute best when the man in front of him chooses to fight. Mosley is still (possibly) quick enough to make that work for him.

I've been accused more than once of thinking with my heart when it comes to the fighters that I like. It's true, I'm not denying it but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm wrong. In this case my head knows better but my heart will still be pulling for Mosley. He's the underdog here and I love an underdog. Plus, Mosley is an L.A. area fighter, a hometown guy and he has a huge heart, maybe the biggest in the game today. I'm hoping to see Mosley win this one. He's what my old trainer Mel Epstein would call " a deserving guy".

When the fight was first announced I was dead set against it, It just seemed too much to ask of Mosley. The fight game can be cruel, crueler than most sports. The reward for a great career is to grow old and be pitted against a younger, stronger fighter than yourself. It's just the way of the sport. Think Muhammad Ali vs Larry Holmes in 1980, Sugar Ray Leonard's 1991 fight with Terry Norris or more recently Oscar De La Hoya's beat down by Manny Pacquiao in 2008 or any number of fights over the years. Very few escape it. Mosley is well aware of the risks. The decision was his to make.

Still, my hope, and it's a slim one, is that Mosley wins big and retires. I know, I know, I'm thinking with my heart again. I can't help it. But hey, anythings possible, right?

Sugar Shane Mosley will be challenging Manny Pacquiao for Pacquiao's WBO Weltereight title, May 7, 2011 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be shown on Showtime PPV. As always, may the best man win.
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brian said...

I'm trying to think more with my heart for this one-made much more difficult since the Ortiz and Salido upsets a couple of weeks ago;but image remains of Shane Mosley having Floyd Mayweather in serious trouble after landing a great combination-then looking like it was his first time in a ring for the remainder of the fight.I have been critical of Pacquiao for being able to dictate
ridiculous 'weight terms' for opponents beginning with Oscar DeLa Hoya(hadn't made 147 in eight years) thru Antonio Margarito(catch weight of 150);anyway,my heart says,I hope Mel Epstein and your very great father are head says-this time the issue is age-not weight.

Randy De La O said...

I agree. It's just hard not to root for a guy like Mosley. The reality of it though is that Many is in his hey day. It's a mighty big mountain for Mosley to climb. But if he does.....

Pacquiao vs Mosley said...

Watching Pacquiao's fight is not a boring activity to do. He is so sensational that every man in the world ought o know him for his sensational wins over his opponents. You should Watch Pacquiao vs Mosley to know it with your bare eyes how great he is in today's boxing.

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