Imagine winning a lottery and at the tip of your emotion someone announce that the draw was a mistake and needs to be investigated and then you realized it’s not only you but a number of people got the same lotto number and then the hype died down.
I had the same feeling when the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is on negotiation. It was surreal to see two pound per pound all time great fighters slugging it out not only for money but recognition as the best of the best in boxing. The first part of the negotiations started relatively easy with issues such as glove size, place and weight surprisingly agreed by both parties but when it was time to sign the contract Mayweather unknowingly put the random blood testing issue and everything went downhill and the fight we always dreamed of seeing turned out to be just a product of our imagination. Who are we kidding when Floyd is a known ducker in boxing history if he was really sincere about blood testing that would have been his agenda long before negotiations started ironically Floyd is dropping the mega fight because of allegations of PEDS and Steroids and is now groomed to fight Shane Mosley who admitted using steroids and EPO on his fight with Oscar De La Hoya. A fight with Shane Mosley would be great matchup in terms of speed and power and it is no secret that Floyd has been evading Shane for years in fact he was evading every fighter that is a threat to his immaculate record. Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey, Manny Pacquiao and even Kermit Cintron, Floyd has found a way to duck each and every one of them. But when Manny choose to fight Joshua Clottey, Floyd was push around the corner and have no other choice but to fight Mosley. The people won’t allow such mismatches against Matthew Hatton, smaller guys like Paulie Malignaggi and Nate Campbell pass through. From what I see it’s either fight Mosley or Paul Williams and among the two the 39 year old Mosley is most likely to be Floyd’s dancing partner.
Both fighters are promoted by GBP and so negotiations would be relatively easy but I don’t want to put my hopes up high unless both parties signed the dotted line in the contract. Questions are starting to surface about their May 1 fight. Will Mayweather demand the same blood testing against Mosley? And if Floyd is really keen on fighting Mosley why is it still on negotiation? It only took Bob Arum to make the Pacquiao-Clottey fight in just fifteen minutes with both fighters fighting on the same promotion. The fans are put on the same situation again the hype is starting to snowball but for me I am now careful this time. We could only speculate if Floyd will fight Shane or will he go to the other direction and call upon Malignaggi or Matthew Hatton. Let’s cross the bridge when we get there but the road seems murky and dark. If both Mayweather and Mosley sign the contract then that’s the time I and millions of boxing fans are winning.
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