By Thomas Jackson: After several weeks of endless pondering, I have now come to the conclusion that the Sugarman will beat the Pacman. My reasons for such a bold prediction are listed below:
Issue 1. Come straight forward fighters and brawlers have always had trouble with Mosley. Pacman will come forward all-day and all-night long and Mosley will use his longer reach to keep Manny on the outskirts of town all night long. Mosley will use the same grab-n-hold and uppercut techniques developed by the Great Bernard Hopkins. Shane will use more of a stick and move style and will also use more lateral movement then in his last 3 previous fights. Mosley will confuse Manny with his counter-punching and will use his jab in a claw-like manner as a deterrent and also as an obstruction to block and impair the vision of his opponent.
Issue 2. The Cut-Factor. Manny suffered a great deal of punishment in his last bout with the Tijuana Tornado. I think his wounds are not fully healed and he should have rested atleast until late summer 2011. If Manny gets cut early in the fight if will be a denfinte and decisive factor in the outcome of this fight. Mosley being a great warrior. will then smell blood and move in for the kill. Mosley has always been a great finisher besides his fight with the greatest defensive fighter in the game.
Issue 3. The Head-Factor. Shane Mosley is one of the brightest fighters in the sport today and the last time Manny fought such an intelligent fighter was when he fought the Great Juan Manuel Márquez. Manny is a student of the game has one of if not maybe the best corners' in the fight business. Mosley has maybe the most underrated trainer in all of boxing. Brother Nazim Richardson will put together an ideal game plan on how to fight and defeat the great Manny Pacman Pacquiao. Roach has clearly said that Mosley is not an easy fight for Manny.
Issue 4. The Combination-Factor. Sugar Shane throws his punches in bunches, when he fought and defeated the hard-hitting and hard-charging Tijuana Tornado he went back to his basics by throwing 4 and 5 piece combinations. Mosley hits just as hard as Manny if not harder.
Shane will attack the body and will use a few roughhouse tactics and Mosley will fend Manny off with a fierce body and head assault. Manny will become frustrated and will fall behind on points and therefore he will become a wounded duck which will make him more easier to hit with hard combinations. I see Mosley winning this fight and also a rematch with Mayweather in the late autumn via brutal stoppage.
Issue 5. The Mental-Factor. Boxing is 95% mental and 5% greatness or 95% greatness and 5% mental. Mosley was going through a messy divorce when he fought Mayweather and his mind was not right and he was not totally mentally prepared to step in the ring with such a Great Technician because Money Mayweather beat Mosley up before the actual fight with his verbal abuse concerning Mosley's ongoing divorce affairs and therefore after the KO didn't come in the 2nd round Mosley just wasn't stable enough and Floyd tighten up his defense to avoid being brutalized again and also Mayweather came out swinging and this was mind-boggling to not only Mosley but also to the commentators and to most of the viewers. I think Mosley will come in with a new found appreciation of the sport and he knows that the world will be watching
and this is his time to shine.