After Manny Pacquiao’s devastating 2nd round knockout win over Light welterweight king Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, most boxing aficionados has been waiting for an announcement as to who will Manny Pacquiao share the ring and exchange fists with next. Who is Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent? A few names have been mentioned, but there has been no final word yet from the Pacquiao camp or from Top Rank’s Bob Arum. October 17 will be the date for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight, but there is no name yet as to who he will go against.
In this series of articles, we are going to list down a boxer or two in each post and we’re going to dissect (so scientific) every boxer compared to Pacquiao’s. If you are reading this post, you can also suggest a boxer that you want us to check. You can check this site every now and then for the next feature or bookmark it. Who will be Manny Pacquiao’s opponent come October 17?
After breaking down Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr and Edwin Valero, here come’s our next boxer. Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent is, “Sugar” Shane Mosley. We’ve seen the best of “Sugar” Shane Mosley for the past years and we thought he was done and needs to hang it up, but he proved everyone wrong by knocking out then WBA Welterweight Super Champion, “cement” boy, Antonio Margarito. Shane Mosley is the current WBA Welterweight Super Champion and he has won world titles in three weight divisions, once holding the Lightweight, Welterweight and Light Middleweight.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley? That is a sweet matchup. Sugar Shane has been campaigning to fight Manny Pacquiao next, so let’s try and break down everything to see if it is really a good matchup.
Name: Manny Pacquiao
Division: Light welterweight
Record: 49W(KO 37)-3L(KO 2)-2D
Rounds boxed: 293
Name: Shane Mosley
Record: 46W(KO 39)-5L(KO 0)-0D
Rounds boxed: 352
Speed: Pacquiao A+ Mosley A-
Power: Pacquiao A- Mosley A+
Defense: Pacquiao A Mosley A
Intangibles: Pacquiao A+ Mosley A+
I will rate Mosley’s power an A+, higher than Pacquiao’s, becuase of his highet KO% compared to Pacquaio and to add, Mosley was against bigger men in Lightweight, Welterweight and Light Middleweight. Shane has an advantage in height and reach which he can use effectively against Pacquiao by using jabs which could stop Pacquiao from attacking him from the inside, but only if he can maintain that through the whole fight. The 5 losses on Shane’s resume could be deceiving because those 5 losses only came in the hands of 3 persons, Winky Wright, Vernon Forrest and Miguel Cotto and all of them where decision losses and not KO’s, while Pacquiao also lost to 3 boxers, 2 KO’s early in his career and a decision loss to Erik Morales.
This is a tough fight to call unlike the past two possible opponents that we have featured. Sugar Shane Mosley has proved that he is not done yet by knocking out the bigger and tougher Antonio Margarito in his last outing. This could be a good fight and a bad fight for Manny Pacquiao. If he fights and defeats Mosley, he has another hall-of-fame bound boxer added in his resume. Also, Manny Pacquiao’s critics has been saying that Pacquiao has avoided African-American fighters, and Shane Mosley is a legit “BIG” name African-American fighter with a resume to boast too. The bad side of this fight though is, Mosley is 37 (turning 38 before October 17) and if Manny Pacquiao wins against Mosley, again critics will make and argument that Pacquiao has beaten another washed-up-past-his-prime fighter.
The verdict, again is a tough one to call. It depends on he sticks to their gameplan to neutralize each other. Shane Mosley still has a lot of tank left in his tank so he can still survive 12 rounds against Pacquiao. If Shane can stick with jabbing and countering, he might steal this one from Pacquiao, but if Pacquiao can show another great outing with his speed, then that might just be the factor which might prove the difference. For now, I can’t give a sure prediction, but if Shane Mosley vs Manny Pacquiao will happen, it is less likely that it will end in a KO because both men know how good each one is and respects each other’s power. It will be a decision and to whom the W will go, I’ll give a split decision win to Pacquiao due to his speed.
What can you say?