Manny Pacquiao, the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer and arguably the most entertaining fighter of his time faces ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. While boxing fans would want a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. super-fight, fans are still trooping to Las Vegas to watch the fight live. The fight is available on pay-per-view.
Pacquiao has not lost in 13 bouts and has been installed as the heavy favorite to prevail over Mosley. Mosley has been criticized for lackluster performances last year, losing to Mayweather via unanimous decision and ending up with a draw against Sergio Mora.
While the fight seems one-sided in favor of the fighting Congressman from the Philippines, Mosley still stands a chance of winning against Pacman. Mosley has the size advantage against Pacquiao who is essentially a small welterweight.
The argument may not hold considering Pacquiao has beaten bigger opponents like Oscar dela Hoya and Antonio Margarito. However, dela Hoya and Margarito did not have the handspeed of Mosley. Mosley may have the fastest hands that Pacquiao is set to face at welterweight.
The fight could be a tossup in the early rounds. Mosley will not find it hard to find Pacquiao with the Filipino superstar ready to take the fight toe-to-toe. A one-punch knockout may not come as a surprise and it could go either way in the early rounds.
If the fight goes into the late rounds, Pacquiao will surely have the edge with his superb conditioning against the aging Mosley. Expect Pacquiao to execute shorter and crisper punches in the early rounds to counter Mosley’s wide power shots. Pacquiao can then use a variety of punching angles in the later rounds.
Patience would be a key to a Pacquiao victory. Pacquiao is expected to expose Mosley’s age in the later rounds and employ a two-fisted attack for another win over a legend.
For Mosley to make a fight out of it should stay aggressive by applying a lot of pressure with caution and use his size advantage by banging bodies with the Filipino champion.