Pacquiao squares off against Mosley on May 7th

Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) will be squaring off against three-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) on May 7th (May 8th Manila time) for the WBO welterweight championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I first saw Pacquiao a little over a decade ago fighting on Blow by Blow, a local television network's sports program that showcased boxing. He was skinny then and he fights like he was on a street fight (something new and unusual to me then, in my opinion, as I was used to watching the orthodox, textbook style boxing displayed mostly by the Mexicans in the lower weight divisions to the heavyweight divisions by black Americans) throwing punches from all angles and not stopping until his opponent passed out. I have become his secret fan and, whenever I can, followed every single fight of him since then.

Actually, I was into chess being the sport that tops my list but with boxing, as I grew up, made popular with the likes of Tyson, Holyfield, Foreman, Cooper, Moorer,  Bowe, Lewis, and Douglas, to name just a few, comes a very close second. It was all heavyweight boxing then that draws the most popularity and hype compared with the lower weight class that also produced the greats in Duran, Chavez Sr., Leonard, Hagler, and later on De la Hoya, among others, making the whole package a sold out. Pacquiao's rising to superstardom may have been  just well-timed to save boxing or even one that transcends it through the lower weight class for what the heavyweight division in the passing of time may have lacked or failed to do.

I'll go for Pacquiao to win by stoppage within six rounds not because, like myself, he's a Filipino, but for what comes out upon careful study and comparison between them on their previous fights, has passed into this analysis, by which I found Mosley's style fits very well for Pacquiao's, making him a perfect target for the Pacman's thundering left all packed with blistering speed and power. It will be a left hook to the head that will send Mosley down to kiss the canvass. Perhaps he can beat up the count but it will only be paving the way to getting more punishment from the Filipino champion before the referee steps in to stop the fight.

But, of course, inside the ring everything could happen and that's what makes it all the more exciting. Mosley can and is capable of pulling out an upset should he find the perfect game plan to initiate against but to also withstand the fury of the storm that Manny could create and unleash. And should he land that big punch enough to wobble Pacquiao's knees then it will be a deciding factor as to whether he could finish him off beautifully or not or whether Pacquiao could manage to regroup and bounceback to make him (Mosley) pay a high price or not.

It will be the hell of a fight comes May 7th (May 8th Manila time) and millions around the world will be watching. Boxing has what it takes to be in that level because it has Manny Pacquiao, the current pound-for-pound king. He elevates boxing and simply bring the sport back in the mainstream once again.


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