Last Saturday, May 1, 2010, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. went head to head against Shane “Sugar” Mosley on what was deemed to be the super fight of 2010.>
Although the Mayweather-Mosley fight was not supposed to be the super fight of the year, as Mayweather initially was scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao, the said fight between Mosley and Mayweather was drawn up fast and promoters got the ball running. Boxing fans may have expected something else this year, but they got something else that was more or less just as exciting for their entertainment.
During the fight, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was noticeably more aggressive than his usual style. Early in the second round, Mosley gave Mayweather a bit of a shock when he shot a punch that almost ended in a knockdown for Mayweather. However, Mayweather was able to recover from the hit, and turned on his aggressiveness, dominating the rest of the fight. The bout ended in a 12-round decision in favor of Mayweather, who stays unbeaten.
Regarding the fight, Mayweather said, “I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see, a toe-to-toe battle… It wasn’t the same style for me but I wanted to be aggressive and I knew I could do it.”
And aggressive he was. Though he was able to give most fans what they wanted to see, he was not able please everybody, especially those who wanted to see if he could knock out Sugar Mosley. Nevertheless, Mayweather won each round of the fight without question, and although he was usually defensive-minded, he attacked Mosley until the final bell tolled.
Days before the fight happened, many people begun to question Mayweather’s confidence in himself as to whether or not he would be victorious in this match against Mosley. Reports said that Mayweather insisted that a rematch clause be included in their contract before anything else would be sealed in stone. May critics deemed that is as an indication that Mosley had chances to win against Mayweather, and that Mayweather was thinking ahead and preparing for the worst.
Like most known fighters, Mayweather has his fair share of critics who have pointed out Mayweather’s habit of “cherry picking” his opponents. If not smaller than him, most of Mayweather’s opponents are already past their prime in the boxing world. This is why many critics felt that Mayweather’s performance during his fight against Mosley has not proven that he is the best in the world since Mosley is already considered “old” in boxing.
What the world wants to see next is a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather – which was already good to go except for disagreements regarding the blood testing. What the world does not understand is that Pacquiao already agreed to do the blood tests with a condition that these would not be taken a few days before the fight as he believes this would weaken him.
Still, Mayweather insists that, “If Manny Pacquiao can take a blood and urine test then we have a fight… If not, no fight.” So the world will just have to wait and see what comes next.