This is the last of our four previews that we’ve put up over the last two days. It’s a great weekend to be a wrestling/boxing/MMA fan that’s for sure. In our last preview, we’ll look at Antonio Margarito’s welterweight title defense against Shane Mosley. Margarito is defending his WBA welterweight title that he won from Miguel Cotto last year in what was my favorite fight of the year. Mosley is coming off a win in which he stopped Ricardo Mayorga late in the 12th round in a junior middleweight bout.
Before I get to the predictions by Duan and myself, I wanted to direct you to two really good articles about this fight.
Dan Rafael, from ESPN.com, has an article about the distractions that both fighters are facing. Margarito is dealing with being a true boxing superstar for the first time, while Mosley is dealing with more personal distractions.
Mosley also enters the fight having fired his father, Jack Mosley, as his trainer and replaced him with Nazim Richardson, who also trains Hopkins.
Mosley said the change in his corner has been smooth. It’s the second time he and his father have split.
“[Richardson] sees a lot of different things; he watches a lot of films, watches a lot of fighters fight, amateur and professionally,” Mosley said. “So I think that kind of rejuvenated me, bringing me back to life.”
And there is still more. Mosley’s marriage in shambles. He and his wife, Jin, who have three children together, have been having problems for months.
Here’s to hoping that Shane can take some time to get those things together after this fight.
According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, the proposed huge May fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton has been called off.
Pacquiao hasn’t been happy with the 50/50 split, even though it seems that he’d be the smaller worldwide draw. After his victory over Oscar De La Hoya made him a bigger boxing star, it seems that he and his camp thinks he deserves a bigger percentage of the share.
But all along, there was trouble. Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) refused to back off his demand for a bigger share of the pie. For weeks, they’ve gone back and Hatton eventually agreed to give Pacquiao a few more points. However, Pacquiao still had not signed by a Wednesday deadline and Hatton and his father, Ray Hatton, instructed Schaefer to pull the plug on the fight.
It’s frustrating to think that this fight is now not going to happen because Pacquiao thinks he deserves more of the share. It’s really a pissing match to see who deserves the most money. Supposedly, Hatton’s camp even conceded to give Pacquiao more of the share, but it wasn’t enough. Boxing is all about the money, not about the fights, and this is partly why the UFC has been able to attract some of boxing’s audience. In the UFC, because the fighters are all under the same roof and under contract, you usually don’t see fighters pull out for this reason. There have been exemptions to that like Randy Couture, but he eventually came back.
I’ve talked about Oscar De La Hoya’s 2008 plan before, but let’s do a short recap.
He was going to fight Steve Forbes in the spring, which he did. Then he was going to follow that up with a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the fall, and then one more fight in Los Angeles in December to end his career.
Part one of his plan worked out as his “tune-up” bout that wasn’t called a “tune-up” bout against Forbes ended with him winning a one sided decision. But part two never happened. Somewhere along the way, Floyd Mayweather Jr. walked away from a huge purse and retired.
(With the recent negotiation struggles to find a fight, as well as Manny Pacquiao initially turning it down because he wanted a bigger split, I don’t think it’s wrong to wonder if Mayweather Jr. retiring had something to do with a similar struggle with Camp De La Hoya. I’m not sure if negotiations even started, but it’s something I’d wondered before.)