Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Unleash the Beast

Take the collar off Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s neck, hand him a dangerous opponent like Shane Mosley and watch him unleash the beast in himself, a la Danny the Dog.

from Unleashed (aka Danny the Dog)

Although some boxing fans may understandably find Money Mayweather's defensive, counterpunching style boring to watch, the bottomline is that the man can fight.

Mayweather can fight outside or inside, on the attack or on the move. He can potshot with jabs, lead left hooks or lead right crosses - or he can employ lightning fast combinations.

It just happens that he's defensively oriented.

I have a feeling the beast in Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will be unleashed against Shane Mosley because even at age 38, Mosley represents arguably the greatest challenge of Mayweather's career.

Sugar Shane is a little wild in the way he throws punches, but he's fast, powerful and relentless.

If Mayweather is going to stay pretty, he's going to have to bring his entire arsenal. He'll have to constantly move, control distance, and land the necessary potshots and combinations.

When the fight inevitably ends up in the clinch, he'll have to keep Mosley from smothering him.

Mar. 02, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - epa02062626 Boxers Floyd ''Money'' Mayweather (L) and Sugar Shane Mosley push each other at the start of a press conference promoting their upcoming fight in New York, New York, USA, on 02 March 2010. The two welterweights will face each other on 01 May 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand.

Luckily for Floyd Mayweather, he'll be able to do all that - and more.

With his ability to control the tempo of a fight and counterpunch, he'll be able to keep the bull at bay. With his ability to keep structure in the clinch and punch from short range, he'll manhandle Mosley inside.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will rise to the occasion and leave the ring with a unanimous decision win over Shane Mosley.


  1. Totally agree. Mosley's a great fighter, but they're in a different class.

  2. Yep... Mayweather all the way on this one.
    I can't see him really struggling here. I don't know if I'm in a minority here, but I find Mayweather's style pretty exciting to watch. He boxes like a boxer, not like a street fighter. Surely that doesn't make him boring?

  3. Mosley's one of the all-time greats, but won't look it against Floyd. Floyd's too smart to fight Mosley's fight. Look for him to counter and use his speed with a lot of leading right hands. The only way for Sugar Shane to win it is if he brings 200% and completely smothers Floyd with activity, risking punishment from one of the great counter punchers of all time. Agree with the prediction of U 12 Mayweather. I think it'll be an exciting match, (no Mosley fight isnt) worth the $ on ppv.

  4. If they go toe to toe, epic battle will ensue. If Mayweather fights his usual style, probably a disappointing night for sugar shane, who's slowed down considerably since his heyday.

  5. Henry,

    I agree. Mayweather has the clear skill and speed advantage - and that's not even taking age and wear-and-tear into account.

    The reason why it's so hard to beat Mayweather is that the more pressure an opponent puts on him, the bigger sweet science lesson he administers.

    This will also apply to the case of fighting Shane Mosley.

  6. lfc7,

    I personally love to watch Floyd Mayweather in action.

    To me, every fight of his is a masterful lesson in the sweet science.

    However, for obvious reasons, people are more likely to prefer action fighters who put on the pressure (like Manny Pacquiao) to defensive counterpunchers.

    I happen to like both.

  7. Hopefully, we'll get to see Mayweather and Mosley go toe to toe in an epic battle, but as I said in my reply to Henry, the more pressure an opponent puts on Mayweather, the greater sweet science lesson he gives.

    For example, against a bull-rushing Ricky Hatton, Mayweather put on a clinic in movement, counterpunching and clinch fighting. The way I saw it, the Pretty Boy used his structure and technique to smother Hatton - who's specialty is fighting inside - and schooled him outside before knocking him out.

    That's why I'm expecting to be entertained more by a Floyd Mayweather clinic than an all-out war between two greats.

  8. Fellas,

    The Mayweather-Mosley post-fight piece "All he saw were shadows" is out.

    I take a look at Mayweather-Mosley from the Shane Mosley angle.

    I titled it "All he saw were shadows" because that's what the fight looked like to me. Shadows of the blindingly fast Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and of Mosley's former self.

    It's flavored with Wu-Tang classics, so take a look and enjoy!


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