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The real champion Mosley has extra incentive to fight Berto.

17 Jan

The only person who might truly benefit from the fall out of a super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley. Should he win an upcoming unification bout with an undefeated young lion Andre Berto, the public will demand more than ever for the fight between Mayweather and Mosley.

WBA super world welterweight champion Shane Mosley (46-5,39KO’S) will take on WBC titlist Andre Berto (25-0,19Ko’S) in a twelve round unification bout on January 3oth, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just in case you are not able to make a trip to Las Vegas, this contest will be televised live on HBO. By no means is this fight an easy affair for a veteran champion. Despite the edge in experience, he is giving up twelve years of youth to Berto who simply does not know how to loose yet. With a wealth of international amateur experience Berto is coming into a contest with confidence of an unbeaten champion. Aside from that he might just have an advantage in speed. Not many can claim that when it comes to Sugar Shane Mosley. Last January Berto demonstrated his determination and grit and ability to deal with adversity, when he was taken into deep waters by a crafty southpaw Luis Collazo: seemingly behind on the scorecards Andre had to dig deep to edge the unanimous decision victory in the later rounds.

Las Vegas book makers have Mosley as a slight betting favorite at -175 where Berto is the underdog at +155. Many experts believe that Mosley’s experience and a comprehensive knowledge of the fight game should carry him through to victory, but sometimes a veteran fighter could get old overnight and this might just be that night. Last time out, in January of 2009, Mosley showed no signs of aging when he dismantled and stopped seemingly unstoppable Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito in front of the largest crowd ever assembled for any sporting event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mosley used a lateral movement and a vicious body assault to dissect a Mexican champion. Would Mosley be able to land body shots against much more illusive and much less stationary Berto? If so, would Berto be able to take it and not slow down in the later rounds? This is a very intriguing match up; youth versus experience, skill against will, speed versus speed and lots of power.

Berto was very respectful of the veteran champion and appreciative of the opportunity he has been given, but: “This is my time, “declared Berto: “I will be victorious on January 30th.” A tragedy that recently struck Haiti, Andre’s country of roots, just might give Berto an extra motivation for an inspired performance.

Despite enjoying an extensive hall of fame career Mosley needs to win this fight more than ever. Shane is a tremendous fighter with a complete skill set and a warriors mentality who has fought everybody throughout his illustrious career, beating Oscar De La Hoya twice and stopping Fernando Vargas twice, just to name a few. However in spite of all the wars Mosley participated in, he has struggled to achieve commercial success and always needed a big name opponent for a blockbuster fight. Even last January performing at home in front of a sold-out crowd at a Staples Center, Mosley enjoyed very little fan fare; most fans in the arena that night came to support his opponent, Antonio Margarito. It was no surprise that immediately after winning the welterweight crown, Mosley called out Manny Pacquiao. Last September after Floyd Mayweather Jr dominated Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, Mosley, completely out of character, jumped into the ring and challenged Floyd to a duel. So far all of Shane’s repeated challenges have fallen on death ears. Tired of waiting and out of the ring for a full year Mosley decided to take on a young hungry lion, Andre Berto. It remains to be seen whether it was a smart career choice for Sugar Shane, but in light of Pacquiao and Mayweather not fighting each other it becomes a crucial bout for Mosley. At the age of thirty eight, Shane must know that time is ticking and this might be one of his last opportunities for a big money fight.

Forgetting the business of boxing for a moment, Mosley versus Berto is guaranteed to be an action packed bout with lots of fireworks and uncertain outcome. And at the end of the day, this is exactly what boxing fans want.Stay tuned for my visit of Shane’s training camp in Big Bear on Thursday and the fight itself on January 30th.

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Posted by on January 17, 2010 in Professional Boxing

 

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