Monday, January 18, 2010

The Dream is Dead: Mayweather and Pacquiao Both Signed Other Fights

Now, I feel like this was bound to happen. We've had some (albeit minor) coverage of the possible superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. The truth is, there was too much at stake and the requirements both sides had were just too much. This doesn't mean that all hope is lost, but it does mean that both men have signed on for fights against different fighters for the first half of 2010, finally killing off the hopes of the superfight happening sometime this year.
The first fight that was announced was Manny Pacquiao will take on Joshua Clottey in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, one of the rumored sites for the Pacquiao/Floyd megafight. It seems like the biggest news about this fight is where it is taking place.
"Bob was persistent in keeping this alive as a place for Manny's fight," Jones told, while celebrating the deal with Arum and duBoef. "I'm so glad Bob came back to us. We are so excited about this event and that we will be able to bring a big fight here for the Hispanic boxing fans, and all boxing fans in this area, who are also Dallas Cowboys fans. It's important for us. Manny is such an exemplary athlete."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Jones could not contain his excitement.
Then comes the news of the Mayweather fight, as he will take on Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1. This is a fight that has been in the making for more than 10 years, but at this point isn't as big of a deal as the Pacquiao fight.
Mayweather Jr. maintains that Mosley has been ducking him for years and he repeatedly called him out in 1999 when he was fighting at 130 lbs and Mosley was at 135 lbs. Mosley moved up to 147 lbs and eventually beat Oscar De La Hoya.
To say the least, this match has the requisite acrimony. I really don't think either fighter likes the other.
This fight should quiet some of the critics who have accused Floyd of cherry-picking smaller fighters. Of course, the fact that Mosley is 39 years old won't keep all of the boo birds quiet.
However, Mosley should be a difficult opponent for Floyd. He's bigger and stronger than most opponents Floyd has faced. He's also extremely experienced and has been in major fights for the past 10 years.


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