With one call to the Los Angeles Times, Shane Mosley confirmed that the fight nobody wanted to see will in fact happen.
That collective "ugh" you just heard was the boxing community and all its fight fans shaking their heads and letting out one, long exasperated sigh.
On May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, it will be Manny Pacquiao squaring off against the 39-year-old Mosley.
According to Mosley, a verbal agreement was struck between himself, Pacquiao, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum and Mosley’s advisor James Prince in a conference call on Tuesday.
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“I’m very excited, I think I can win the fight.” Mosley said.
Of course you do, Shane.
A deal could get inked as early as Wednesday.
When the Times approached Arum for comment, the Top Rank boss simply said that a deal was getting “finished” up, but refused to further elaborate.
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Mosley didn’t reveal the financial details of the arrangement, but he did say Top Rank would promote it.
Pacquiao is coming into this May 7 showdown having recently won a record eight weight-class belt in November via unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito.
Mosley, meanwhile, rides his geriatric golf cart into this fight having lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May and fighting Sergio Mora to a draw in September.
For a guy who generates so much excitement, Pacquaio's decision to fight a boxer who is well past his prime is beyond frustrating. It means we won't see Pac-Man face a legitimate opponent until November 2011 -- at the earliest.
What a bad day for boxing.