When Floyd Mayweather Jr. beats Shane Mosley on May 1st at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Larry Merchant is sure to ask Floyd why he didn’t fight Mosley three years prior, and that if he thinks a win over a 38 year old welterweight coming off a layoff stretching almost a year and a half is really something to brag about.
Crossing Manny Pacquiao off of the list left Floyd with very few options if he was going to cash a ten-figure paycheck in the first half of 2010. Kermit Cintron, Paulie Malignaggi and possibly even Ricky Fatton, err Hatton, were all discussed as possible matches for Floyd. In agreeing to terms with Shane Mosley, Floyd is taking the biggest risk currently out there for him. Mosley is coming off a destruction of Antonio Margarito in early 2009, and is easily the best true welterweight out there next to Floyd.
Regardless of Mosley’s age, he’s bigger, stronger and has had more experience in the 147 pound division than that of King Pacquiao. The pay per view numbers will speak for themselves, but I would imagine that Mosley vs. Mayweather does close to a million buys over Pacquiao vs. Clottey on U.S. soil. Shane Mosley joined Scott and BR on XX Sports Radio in San Diego to hype the biggest fight scheduled thus far for 2010.
Mosley was asked about the whole drug testing aspect that Floyd has insisted upon:
“I don’t mind any kind of drug testing. Lets let everybody feel comfortable when they get into the ring, so there wont be any excuses.”
His thoughts on the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight falling apart:
“I kind of figured that they would fight. I was kind of pushing to fight both guys and nothing was materializing. It was like I was shunned out of the whole equation. I guess when Mayweather and Pacquiao couldn’t come to terms with the testing and all of the other stuff, hey, I’m willing, I’ve been willing to fight. I’ve been saying it since day one.”
Mosley was asked about his age and how it factors into the fight:
“Floyd’s 32, 32 or 33. He’s getting older too. I think age is not a number. Bernard Hopkins is 40-something, I’m not going to put his age out there, but he’s 40-something. He’s still doing what he has to do, very well. Roy Jones is 40-something as well. Me, I love the sport. I’ll never truly ago away from the sport all together.”
On if he’s ready for all the pre fight hype and the 24/7 video crews:
“It’s great. They get to see my side and what I’ve been doing and how I’ve been training, the things I do with the family and the kids and how my team gets along with each other. Everything, it’s going to be fun!”