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Andre Berto pulled out today, for obvious reasons, from his fight at the end of this month with Shane Mosley; the rumor which follows on from that is that sometime in the next few days, it will be announced that Mosley’s new opponent on May 1 will be Floyd Mayweather. I’ll say this: I will have vastly less negative to say about Floyd if he takes that fight. It won’t remove all criticism from him given that he’ll be taking on a guy who lost to Miguel Cotto, who was in turn blown out by Manny Pacquiao, who Floyd won’t be facing; but for all that, it will be the first time ever really that Floyd has faced a top-caliber welterweight who actually looked good (dominant, really) in his last fight.

Naturally, of course, Floyd will be favored.

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January 18, 2010 - Posted by | Boxing

2 Comments »

  1. If he takes the fight, I think he washes himself clean of what happened with Pacquiao. He agreed to all terms, except for the steroid testing and even agreed to no drug testing 14 days to the fight. Pacquiao still balked because they didn’t want to keep giving in to Mayweather, even though the 14 day window was very reasonable.

    Now, if he goes and takes on the Welterweight champion of the world, that would be mighty impressive. But, this also sets him up for a massive backlash if he takes on a Nate Campbell or Paulie Malignaggi when Mosley is out there.

    It will also be interesting to see if Mosley will agree to the blood testing demands. After all, he’s already been proven a cheater once before.

    (And, as I’ve told you before, I have ALWAYS wanted to see what a Mayweather-Mosley fight would look like…please, please let this happen.)

    Comment by Tony M | January 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. The testing issue has a lot of facets to it for this proposed fight: will Floyd ask for the same program of tests? If so, who will be in charge of announcing the results, given that both men are under the same promotional umbrella? There’s a difficult PR path to tread there. If the tests aren’t asked for vs. Mosley when the case for them is so much stronger, it will look to some people like Floyd only asked for them to have a reason not to fight Pacquiao (not saying I agree, just that some will think this). If the tests are asked for and agreed to but privately paid for by Golden Boy, who will trust them to potentially hurt their own fighters and kill their own fight by releasing any failures? Floyd is going to have a lot of trouble getting that genie back in the bottle, especially while he’s still being sued by Pacquiao.

    That said, yeah, if Floyd takes this fight than the onus to compromise in future shifts definitively to Bob Arum and Pacquiao. I really hope Mosley/Mayweather gets done, both because it’s a great fight in and of itself (really the second best available at the weight) and because it’s probably a positive step towards eventually getting Mayweather/Pacquiao.

    Comment by theshipbesinking | January 19, 2010 | Reply


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