LOS ANGELES – It’s not Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, but it beats no boxing at all … right?
Shane Mosley will step in the ring on Sept. 18 at Staples Center to take on Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora in a junior middleweight showdown.
The fight is part of the Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 15) Bicentennial Celebration weekend and will feature fellow Mexican fighters Victor Ortiz and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
For Mosley, it marks his first fight since Mayweather dismantled him in May. For 11 of the 12 rounds, Mosley looked like a 38-year-old in the ring.
Mora is 10 years younger than Mosley and is best known for his appearance on NBC’s “The Contender,” but lacks the power to knock out “Sugar” Shane.
The most intriguing fight on the card is Alvarez taking on Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (45-12-6, 14 KOs). Alvarez is on his way to becoming the next great fighter from Mexico, and is an impressive 33-0-1 at the tender age of 20.
With less than 12 hours away before the Mayweather-Mosley fight tonight, celebs and athletes are chiming in on who they think will tonight’s fight.
“I like the weather in what month? May. Put it together – Mayweather.”
- George Wallace, comedian and Las Vegas headliner
“I am a fan of BOTH of these amazing fighters, but in boxing, there can only be ONE TRUE winner. So if I had to bet the farm on it…”Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather is going to win. Sorry Sugar, but not this time.”
“I’m for Shane Mosley…He must do the right preparation. If he does, then he has a very good chance against Mayweather.”
- Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, WBO Welterweight World Champion
“I believe Shane will impose his strength and speed in the early rounds, but after the first few rounds Floyd will adapt and figure Shane out, and start picking his shots as the fight goes on and Shane starts to slow down. Mayweather will win by decision.”
- Andre “The Beast” Berto, WBC Welterweight Champion
“Shane’s my friend and I hope he wins, but he has trouble with speed and movement and likes guys to come to him so it’s going to be difficult.”
- Freddie Roach, Trainer of Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan
“Magic votes for Floyd all the way!”
- Magic Johnson, Five-Time NBA Champion, Three-Time NBA MVP, Twelve-Time NBA All-Star, Three-Time NBA Finals MVP
“Mayweather in a decision. He [Mayweather] is a smaller guy who can dance. Mosley can’t let him hit him.”
- Charles Barkley, 11-Time NBA All-Star and TNT/NBA TV basketball analyst
“Mayweather KO in the 9th. He is in his prime and blazing it right now. I see his strength, speed and endurance being just too much for Mosley. Mayweather is a beast!”
- Caron Butler, Two-Time NBA All-Star Forward, Dallas Mavericks
“Mayweather is the master of not getting hit. His quickness and defense will be too much for Shane to match.”
We are less than 48 hours away from Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. (HBO PPV)
Mayweather puts his undefeated record on the line against a resurgent Mosley, who has flourished later in his great career.
When it comes to charisma, there’s nobody on the level as Mayweather, who shines once again on the latest season of the hit HBO series “24/7.”
Mayweather answered questions from BET.com regarding Mosley’s trash talking and his stance on a drug policy in the sport of boxing:
What are your thoughts on Shane Mosley’s accusations that you “dibbles and dabbles” in steroids and him questioning your sexuality?
Well, we all know that Shane Mosley was on steroids. That’s a fact. Obviously he’s got to deflect some attention off of himself. He can make up whatever he wants, but when Mosley starts talking trash, I know I’m in his head. I want to draw him in, and start the back and forth, and I’ve been able to do just that. I’ve already got Shane off his game.
Why is cleaning up the sport of boxing such a priority for you?
I want to show the world that boxing is a clean sport, and that the best in the world aren’t on steroids. I’m 100 percent clean. I don’t need anything besides hard work and dedication to get ahead. Every time you step in that ring you’re risking your life. People die in the ring. This is a dangerous sport. So it’s time for us to step up and say, we’re clean athletes. That’s what I have done.
Since cleaning up boxing is a priority, did you have any concerns about fighting Shane Mosley, who was linked to BALCO in 2003?
Shane stepped up to the plate and agreed to both blood and urine testing. With this testing, if you’re on something, you’re going to be caught. If he was still on something, they would find it.
Do you think you have got into Shane’s head now that he has resorted to trash talking?
Of course. Like I said, Shane is completely out of character right now. He’s almost 40 years old and he’s getting tattoos. He’s trash talking. Shane Mosley never used to talk trash. This is what I do to fighters. This is what I do to opponents. I’m in his head already, and on fight night I’m going to finish the job.
Why don’t you want to fight for the WBA title? Do you think you’re diminishing the sport by not showing any interest in being the champ?
I’m the best fighter in the sport. I don’t need a belt to prove that. This fight is about legacy. It’s about proving who the best fighter of this era is. Getting a belt for beating Shane Mosley is not going to mean anything at the end of the day.
What in your career makes you a greater fighter Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson?
I have a lot of respect for Muhammad Ali, for Sugar Ray Robinson, and for all the great fighters that came before. But what makes them any better than I am? Why would I devote my entire life to something and not believe that I am truly the best at it. I’m 40-0 and I’ve beat everyone they have put in front of me. I am the best to ever lace up a pair of gloves.
Assuming you never step in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, what else do you want to accomplish in your career?
I have nothing left to prove. Now it’s all about adding wins to my legacy, and on May 1, Shane Mosley is going on my resume. All the fans have got to tune-in because I’m bring my best. I know Shane is going to bring his best. It’s going to be one hell of a show.