Tuesday, April 26, 2011

After Shane Mosley they consider Marquez

Talks are already rife about Pacquiao’s next fight penciled for November possibly against Mexico’s master counter-puncher, Juan Manuel Marquez, in case Floyd Mayweather finally wakes up one day realizing that it’s about time to face the Filipino sporting icon. But assuming Mayweather remains deaf and callous to the public clamor, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has already somebody in mind to close out 2011 with a bang.

Still, even if a script is already made for the next move, an unforeseen circumstance lurks behind, something that should put everything upside. A hundred miles away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Shane Mosley is plotting the destruction of boxing’s premier attraction when they finally come face-to-face and mano-a-mano on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Holed out in Big Bear, nestled in the San Bernardino mountains that is almost 8,000 feet above sea level, Mosley has been training since early-March as though he would be up not only against Pacquiao but against the gazillions of Pacquiao fans.

“You just have to keep going, and going and going (in training),” said Mosley from his high-altitude training camp, his voice oozing with heightened optimism.

Even Arum sounds a bit concerned of what a cagey veteran like Mosley can bring to the ring.

“Shane can take a good shot and he is so resilient,” said Arum.

Obviously, Pacquiao realized very early that despite the lackluster ending of Mosley’s last two fights, taking him for granted is tantamount to giving the other guy an advantage.

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