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Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley all Smiles at Weigh-in

There are few athletes in the world with a larger following and global appeal than Manny Pacquiao. The affable Filipino is a greater than 8:1 favorite for his championship fight against Shane Mosley Saturday evening in Las Vegas, and for good reason. Pac Man hasn’t lost since 2005 and he has reeled off 13 straight wins since falling to Erik Morales. His ability to beat the best fighters regardless of weight class has generated a massive appeal amongst fight fans, many of whom showed up for the weigh-in. According to reports, over 6,000 fans were on-hand to see Pacquiao and Mosley tip the toledos for the fight.

Even though Pacquiao packed the house for the weigh-in, there was something extremely odd; unlike most bouts where the opposing fighters dislike each other, both Shane and Manny were smiling for the crowd and media. It certainly was a strange sight to behold, but it’s somewhat consistent with Manny’s personality. Though the ferocious Filipino wants to tear you apart in the ring, he’s a gentleman outside of it, and that’s a big reason why he’s so beloved.

Now if you’re wondering why Mosley was all smiles at the weigh-in, the answer is simple. He’s 39 years old and set to make over $10 million for the fight. He’s counting his darn lucky stars for the fight, not to mention his millions. Getting into the ring with Manny Pacquiao is a guaranteed payday for aspiring opponents. Why do you think so many fighters are eager to cash in on the Manny Pacquiao lottery?

For a video of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley weigh-in, see below:

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Ambassador of the Year Manny Pacquiao Targeting Fight with Shane Mosley

Manny Pacquiao, fresh off a dominating win over Antonio Margacheato, was recently named HBO’s Boxing Ambassador of the Year. It’s an extremely well deserved honor for a man who has become the most popular and prominent figure in the sport. With all of Pacquiao’s recent success and publicity, people have been wondering what’s next. We recently learned that Pac Man’s next fight will be May 7th in the U.S. but we haven’t learned the opponent.

The three potential opponents being mentioned have been Juan Manuel Marquez, Andre Berto, and Shane Mosley. Marquez, despite his history of competitive bouts against Manny, is an unlikely opponent because his representatives (Golden Boy Promotions) are in a fight with Bob Arum (Pacquiao’s promoter). Berto is 27-0, but he’s young and doesn’t have the same recognition amongst fans as someone more established such as Shane Mosley. Which brings us to the negotiations.

Lance Pugmire reports that Mosley’s adviser has a Tuesday meeting with Pacquiao’s promoter to go over a potential fight and possibly sign a deal for a May 7th bout in Las Vegas. Mosley is 39 years old, well known by fans, and he’s fought every big name in the 147 and 154 weight classes. Now that Manny has jumped up in weight, the two can finally meet.

With the way Mosley was battered by Floyd Mayweather Jr., I’m not expecting a competitive bout if this deal gets finalized. If it ain’t Floyd, I’m not interested, and if it’s Mosley I’ll be even less intrigued. This will be a no-contest if it happens.

Mayweather: Shane Mosley’s New Tattoo ‘Out of Character’

A week ago I read an article in the Las Vegas Sun talking about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr./Sugar Shane Mosley fight. Obviously there’s a ton riding on this fight — possibly $30 million for Floyd should he win and agree to fight Manny Pacquiao. According to the article, Mayweather feels like he has a mental advantage in the fight because Shane got a new tattoo recently:

“I think he’s kind of out of character,” Mayweather said. “We all know that’s not the real Shane Mosley. The guy waits until he’s 38 to get tattoos? Come on.”

Obviously I was wondering what the big deal was with Mosley getting a new tattoo that caused Mayweather to treat it like it were Mike Tyson’s face ink. Well, thanks to a story at The Sweet Science, I finally saw a picture of Mosley’s tattoo that had caused all the drama. Here it is:

It definitely has a trendy/tribal feel to it and doesn’t seem to go along with who Shane Mosley is, so I see Floyd’s point. Mayweather will have his chance to make his point in the ring on May 1st. He better not screw this one up otherwise it would go down as one of boxing’s biggest blunders.

Also see Bella Gonzalez pictures (Shane’s new girlfriend)

Sources:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. says Shane Mosley ‘out of character’ for upcoming fight [Las Vegas Sun]
Photo Credits: The Sweet Science, MyBoxingFans

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley Begin USADA Olympic-Style Drug Testing

One of the criticisms of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was that he was holding up the fight with Manny Pacquiao because of outrageous demands that both fighters submit to random drug testing including blood tests. Critics say Mayweather was making these demands because he was afraid to fight Pacquiao. While I believe Mayweather took these steps because he knows how dangerous of a fighter Manny is, Floyd has displayed consistency in his new views on drug testing. Pretty Boy made Sugar Shane Mosley agree to random, Olympics-style drug testing prior to their fight, and they will begin that testing on Monday, March 22nd.

“I am excited that Shane Mosley and I are willing to take these tests to ensure a fair fight on May 1,” said Mayweather. “I just want to show the world that boxing is a clean sport and it is my hope that all fighters will take a similar stance and responsibility which reflects sportsmanship at the highest level and sets a new standard for safety in boxing.”

“I think the testing program is a great idea and I did not hesitate for a minute about agreeing to it,” said Mosley. “Let’s hope that the rest of the boxing world follows Floyd’s and my example.”

It’s a great sign that the two fighters have agreed to the random testing to come as close as possible to ensuring a level playing field, PED-wise. I really do hope that all boxing commissions in the U.S. and all sanctioning bodies around the world follow the precedent set by Mayweather and Mosley. As I’ve said all along, if Manny Pacquiao doesn’t have anything to hide then he shouldn’t have a problem with random blood testing. What might he be hiding that urine tests might not detect, you ask? Check out this list from USADA via FanHouse: Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Homologus Blood Tranfusion (HBT), Synthetic Hemoglobin (HBOC) and the passport program. That’s what Pacquiao could be hiding, amongst others. Why not submit to this program to prove he’s clean? That’s all he has to do, and with the health risks and physically demanding nature of the sport, why not level the playing field for all fighters as best as we can?

Sources:
USADA’s Travis Tygart Says ‘Test Blood'; Richard Schaefer, ‘Zero Tolerance’ [FanHouse]

Zab Judah Wants Mosley Drug Tested

Zab Judah and Shane Mosley agreed to fight at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on May 31st a few weeks ago. It’s an intriguing fight because both men still are big names in the sport and were amongst the most talented fighters in the world not long ago. One problem however, Zab thinks Shane might be a little too talented, or shall I say, Zab is worried Shane might still be aided by illegal substances. And to ensure Sugar Shane isn’t still using steroids “unknowingly,” he wants Mosley to take a private drug test to prove it:

In a March 13 e-mail obtained by The Times, [Judah's promoter Michael] Shinefield formally requested to Mosley’s Golden Boy Promotions that Mosley submit a blood test through a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory.

“We would be willing to absorb all cost associated with this test for both fighters,” Shinefield wrote in the e-mail. “Please understand that this ends any and all speculation of doping by either fighter. With the fight being touted as ‘High Stakes,’ it’s only just that every step is taken to ensure a fair fight. We hope Shane agrees!”

Mosley continues to say what he did was totally innocent and believes this is a ploy by Zab to get under his skin. Probably is. What’s wrong with attracting a little extra attention to the fight, especially if you’re Zab and just returning from a one-year suspension by Nevada? Zab’s looking for any edge he can get. And I do know one thing: Zab is making Rick Reilly proud.

Interview with Sugar Shane Mosley

The Oscar De La Hoya/Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is rapidly approaching (it's on Saturday fools!). So check it out, I had a chance to speak with Sugar Shane Mosley, who has a new role as a promoter with Golden Boy Promotions — Oscar's company.

I asked Shane about his new role as a promoter, how he was able to beat Oscar twice, who he's picking to win, and what his long term plans are.

You might be very surprised to hear who Sugar Shane picks to win the fight. Listen to find out who he likes…

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