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Around the Net: Manny Pacquiao vs Shane Mosley Reaction Edit


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It's not a fight boxing fans were hoping for, but the news that Shane Mosley has won the latest Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes is certainly not a surprise. All signs pointed to the former champion as Top Rank's choice for the May 7 Vegas date, and while many hoped either Juan Manuel Marquez or Andre Berto would get the call, it sounds like neither were ever truly in the running.

 

Very few followers of the sweet science truly believe this will be a competitive fight, but Top Rank and Pacquiao will make their money, and Mosley will too. This is hardly something to look forward to for the rest of us, but we'll save further complaints for a later date. For now let's take a look around the net for more reaction to the fight...

 

Bad Left Hook - Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley Done for May 7

 

The fight is sure to draw criticism, and rightly so. Mosley is old and looked worn out this year. While it's worth asking who else was really available, I would point to Andre Berto, though with the admission that Berto is nowhere near Mosley's star level. Our friend Corey Erdman spoke with Lou DiBella, Berto's promoter, and Lou said, "It was never a true sweepstakes. [Pacquiao-Mosley] is not a surprise. Smart business, but maybe not good for boxing."

 

Boxing Scene - How Pacquaio vs Mosley Impacts The Rest Of The Sport

 

Depending upon whom you ask, news of Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley agreeing to terms for a May 7 showdown is a dream come true or the worst possible scenario.

 

Popular opinion leads far more towards the latter. When you think about who wins and who loses in the aftermath of Tuesday’s announcement, it’s easy to understand why.

 

The winners from this event do not make for a very extensive list.

 

ESPN - Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley a bad fight for boxing

 

Forget all the nonsense we've heard since Pacquiao beat down Antonio Margarito, about how Pacquiao's next opponent was going to come from a list of Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto.

 

The real list was more like Mosley, Mosley and Mosley. But Arum had to include a couple of other names so he could leverage Mosley into believing it was a competition and, therefore, drive down his price. Mosley is desperate for the fight after being beaten almost as badly in his recent divorce settlement as he will be by Pacquiao, who should have put his foot down and demanded a better fight. Make no mistake: Pacquiao is culpable here, too.

Boxing FanHouse - Bob Arum: Shane Mosley-Manny Pacquiao 'Most Sellable Fight'

 

How much did the obviously strained relationship between Top Rank Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions factor into the negotiations, as well as the asking price of the purse demands of Juan Manuel Marquez?

 

Bob Arum: Golden Boy, they agreed to step aside and to allow us to promote a third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. They gave us the call on everything that we wanted. So that was not an obstacle.

 

But what was an obstacle was that they had priced themselves so high, that it was something that Manny became offended about. They were asking for more than double the money that they made when Marquez fought and lost to Floyd Mayweather.

 

I don't think that that was fair or that it was right, and Marquez, because of that, was a non-starter.

 

LATimes.com - Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley said to be a done deal

 

Marquez's promoter, Richard Schaefer, said he proposed to Arum that if a Pacquiao-Marquez III bout generated a pay-per-view audience of 1.2 million, Marquez, 37, would collect $5 from every buyer beyond 500,000 for an $8.5-million purse. Pacquiao and Top Rank would earn more than $28 million — "More than fair," Schaefer said.

 

"Good luck to [Mosley]," Schaefer said Tuesday. "He turned his back on Golden Boy, so be it. Everybody moves on. It is what it is. There's nothing I can do but wish him luck."

 

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But what was an obstacle was that they had priced themselves so high, that it was something that Manny became offended about. They were asking for more than double the money that they made when Marquez fought and lost to Floyd Mayweather.

 

Given Manny's purse from one fight could buy a large swathe of the Philippines, I somehow doubt he's "offended" by money discussions.

 

They were asking for more than double the money that they made when Marquez fought and lost to Floyd Mayweather.

 

That's because Mayweather hadn't already robbed him twice.

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Does anyone know the agreed weight in this fight. Hopefully its not the 142 Pakow was demanding from Mosley the last time they talked about fighting each other.

 

boxingscene quoted roach as saying its 147. if its true then its surprising since when shane was begging for this fight last year he was saying he would go to 140 if he had to

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