Saturday Sports: Pre-Fight: Pacquiao vs. Mosley, Mega-Fight Looms

In lieu of recent Congressional battles for a compromise over a budget bill, on May 7th, America’s televisions will turn from the nation’s capital to a Congressman who fights outside of Capital Hill. In fact, the Congressman isn’t even a representative from the United States’ Congress, but rather, is a representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippine’s House of Representatives. Manny Pacquiao, elected in September 2008, the same year he won Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year, will fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley, former Welterweight Champion.

The most significant aspect of the fight may not be the fight itself, but the major implications it would have on the succeeding fight for the winner. If favored Pacquiao does win, then the touted Mayweather vs. Pacquiao mega-fight, which would determine the currently ambiguous pound-for-pound king declaration, would likely occur. Pacquiao's list of possible opponents shortens with a win against Mosley, and pressures from fans and the media would likely force both Mayweather and Pacquiao to fight.

Pacquiao has already clobbered the top fighters in the game. He has gone toe-to-toe with top-rated fighters since 2008, beating the likes of Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, and Oscar De La Hoya. His relentless assault of punching combinations and ring instincts have remained flawless—resulting in fights that haven’t been close. Pacquiao is the favorite to win the fight.

But, don't count out Mosley-- if he wins, Floyd Mayweather Jr. would likely accept a rematch. Mosley would then be able to redeem his previous loss to Mayweather on May 1, 2010. A defeat to Pacquiao would most likely, if not certainly, force Mosley into retirement.

Mosley, approaching 40, has major wins under his belt, defeating Margarito and De La Hoya himself, while knocking out Fernando Vargas twice. Remaining undefeated in the beginning of his professional career from 1993 until 2002, his skills have since diminished with age. His recent loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. showed he couln't hang with a younger, more agile fighter.

Floyd Mayweather Jr., however, will remain in the background. The undefeated, flamboyant, proclaimed “pretty boy Floyd” is nicknamed for his defensive techniques that have kept his face relatively unscathed compared to other boxers. Mayweather, ranked second in Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings, continues to be featured in the headlines of the sport even when he is not fighting. He currently faces multiple charges in court, notably, in a felony domestic violence case.

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have headlined the sport of boxing in recent years. Pacquiao, who embodies a more popular role, is worshiped by fans all over the world. Mayweather, on the other hand, represents a much more controversial figure with his money-flashing and countless media charades.  Fight negotiations have suffered, with Mayweather refusing to fight unless Pacquiao accepts blood testing within a certain timetable. Pacquiao, who agreed to the blood testing, refuses the timetable because he fears it will disturb his performance during the fight.

Why would either fighter turn down a potential paycheck in the 20 million pay range? Many consider Mayweather to be dodging Pacquiao while others claim that Pacquiao must be hiding something if he refuses to do blood testing in a timely-fashion. Nobody knows for sure at the moment, as the two sides are now in court, with Mayweather charged for defamation. The two sides had called each other out in negotiations by repetitively stating that the other side had to cut-short proposals in order for the bout to occur. Its evident though, that both Pacquiao and Mayweather, who have legendary careers, will always have stains in their boxing careers if they never organize a fight.

At the end of the day, the sport of boxing needs a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao. It would be the biggest fight in recent boxing history, and would easily break the record for pay-per-view purchases. Boxing, one of America's traditional sports, would likely gain the recognition that it deserves.

Make sure to check out Pacquiao vs. Mosley on HBO’s Pay-Per-View on May 7th. It should be worth a watch, even if you’re not a boxing fan.