Tuesday, January 19, 2010

David Mayo on The Huge Show: Mayweather-Mosley 'big,' Pacquiao-Clottey a tough PPV sell

rand Rapids Press columnist David Mayo joined Bill Simonson on "The Huge Show" to discuss the latest news involving Floyd Mayweather, who is in the process of finalizing a May fight with Shane Mosley.

"Mayweather-Mosley is a big fight," Mayo said. "There are three guys people want to see Floyd Mayweather fight: Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley and Paul Williams. He went to the very next best option."

Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were unable to come to terms because of a dispute regarding random drug testing. Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's adviser, said the Grand Rapids native will be demanding random drug testing for all of his future fights.

In the interview, which was recorded before Ellerbe's comments to The Press, Mayo said anything less from the Mayweather camp would've been surprising, considering Mosley is an admitted past user of performance-enhancing drugs.

"Bear in mind, Mosley never tested positive," Mayo said. "This is the poster moment for Mayweather's arugment that Nevada urine testing is insufficient to determine whether someone's using performance-enhancing drugs."

Pacquiao moved on from Mayweather and scheduled a March 13 fight against Joshua Clottey. Although Mayo believes Clottey is a formiddable challenger, he said the fight will be a tough sell to the general public.

"I think it's a shaky pay-per-view, I've thought that all along," Mayo said. "Clottey is not a real well-known guy. Granted, he's very talented. I'm not knocking the quality of the fight. You're not going to make it off a Filipino or an African audience. You have to sell to the U.S. public. I don't think they'll buy it. If the fight did 500,000, 550,000 on pay-per-view, I think that'd be an overwhelming success."

And if Pacquiao-Clottey doesn't fare well in comparison to Mayweather-Mosley on pay-per-view? That's going to hurt Pacquiao at the negotiating table for any future fight with Mayweather, Mayo says.

"I think you'd have to be foolish, or wearing blinders, to think it not only forces him to come to the table, it forces him to renegotiate terms," Mayo said. "It may make the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight tougher to make because, if Pacquiao-Clottey bombs and Mayweather-Mosley does what I think it can do, there's no way Mayweather agrees to 50-50 (purse split)."

Source: mlive.com

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails