Boxing fans are in an uproar over the announcement of a May 7 match between Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley. While other names like Andre Berto, Juan Manuel Marquez and Sergio Martinez were considered potential opponents for the Pacman, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum ended up with a huge mismatch.
Mosley may have the credentials to become a Hall of Famer in the future but he is no longer the dangerous fighter that he used to be. He has been unimpressive in recent fights, losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. via unanimous decision in May 2010 and settling for a split draw against a mediocre fighter Sergio Mora in September 2010.
Arum may have business and personal reasons not to pursue a third fight with Marquez. Martinez could be too big for Pacquiao and Berto may not be popular among casual fight fans and cannot bring in enough money to the fight. Whatever reason they may be, a fight between Pacquiao and Mosley is not what the fans would like to see.
Mayweather may have beaten Mosley on points but Pacquiao will surely beat up an over-the-hill Mosley. Pacquiao has virtually cleaned up the competition. Too bad politics among promoters have prevented a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight from happening.