The buzz for today is absolutely not about boxing pound-for-pound (P4P) lists, but rather about the battle that is set for tonight between Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane Mosley. We’ll get to that, but first let’s bust out the May 2011 P4P list according to boxing experts and pundits from around the world:
- Number 10 – Bernard Hopkins/Giovani Segura (tie).
- Number 9 – Juan Manuel Lopez.
- Number 8 – Andre Ward.
- Number 7 – Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.
- Number 6 – Timothy Bradley.
- Number 5 – Wladimir Klitschko.
- Number 4 – Juan Manuel Marquez.
- Number 3 – Nonito Donaire.
- Number 2 – Sergio Martinez.
- Number 1 – Manny Pacquiao.
Who’s missing? Yes, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has not fought for over a year; therefore, as stated last month, he no longer qualifies for P4P consideration. Props to The Ring and The Queensberry Rules for not ranking him as well—it just makes sense. As a brief aside, if ranked, Floyd would have come in at number 4. It is agreed, however, that Juan Manuel Lopez should not be ranked (some lists are slow or perhaps some “experts” don’t remember that Orlando Salido slapped that arse).
Okay, who cares? Tonight we get to see what, if anything, Kelly Pavlik has when he steps into the ring for the first time since April 2010. The good news is that he faces Alfonso Lopez and is expected to blow him out. The bad news is that Pavlik hasn’t won a fight since December 2009, and it is doubtful that he will be able to make a post-Lopez run at dominating the super middleweight division. Regardless, welcome back Ghost and welcome to one of the most exciting divisions in the sport.
The main event, as you all know, is the 2011 debut of Manny Pacquiao. It is also the 2011 debut of Sugar Shane Mosley, who is a lifetime removed from jacking Antonio Margarito. It is understood that this thing is not supposed to be close, which is correct; however, the real question is whether Mosley will be willing to risk getting knocked out to give himself a chance to win. He wasn’t willing to do so when he faced Floyd Mayweather, Jr. last year and it is doubtful that he will tonight. If he does, then he deserves respect no matter the outcome.
Mosley is a future hall of famer and has a comprehensive resume of winning fights that he walked into as the underdog. For that reason, and given that there are no opponents left for Pacquiao, the fight makes sense. Don’t expect it to be Leonard-Hearns revisited though. This one ends early or Mosley will bouncy bounce safety dance to the end. Either way, Manny Pacquiao will prevail. Then what?
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