It is not The Superfight people craved, and it may not, frankly, even be a super fight, but boxing fans nevertheless are by and large cheered by the news that Floyd Mayweather will take on Shane Mosley in a welterweight clash.
The bout will likely take place May 1 in Las Vegas, and will be presented on PPV.
The final contracts haven't been signed, but Mayweather associate Leonard Ellerbe presented the deal as basically sewed up to ESPN's Dan Rafael.
So much time and energy, maybe too much time and energy, has been spent discussing steroids, and PEDs and testing, after the 32-year-old Mayweather unilaterally decided to refashion testing procedures, at least when it comes to Manny Pacquiao. The Mayweather-Pacquiao May 13 showdown for P4P status blew up because of Mayweather's demands, and then Mosley's Jan. 30th clash with Andre Berto was cancelled because Berto was understandably distracted by the natural diaster in Haiti; thus, we are left with a fairly hastily crafted Plan B.
The 38-year-old Mosley has agreed to undergo blood and urine testing, as has Mayweather, Ellerbe said to Rafael. Fight fans will want to know the specific terms, as Mosley has admitted under oath that he used illegal performance enhancers under the guidance of juicing expert Victor Conte. Will Mayweather insist and receive assurances that the testing will truly be random? Will there be a window of testing, or could Mosley be tested an hour before the bout? Will every Mayweather bout now be overtaken by talk of testing?
A scrap between Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs), the five-division champion, and Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs), the three-division champion, would have been a Superfight had it went down five or so years ago. But Mosley could turn into a graybeard on May 1 in front of our eyes, with a healthy assist from the superlative pugilist Mayweather. Still, Mosley is arguably the most dangerous foe Floyd has met since he turned pro in 1996, and he'll be motivated; one figures he'll need no extra chemical push to excel, with the opportunity to earn megamillions and take away Floyd's O at hand. Fight fans hope that the energized Mosley they saw take out Antonio Margarito a year ago will enter the ring against Mayweather.
Are you happy, fight fans? Can Mosley present a problem for Floyd? Or will Mayweather make Mosley look as mediocre as the fighter who underwhelmed against Ricardo Mayorga in late 2008?