It seems like Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) is getting just as fed up with some of his critics as his fans are. The 32-year-old Pacquiao, perhaps the world’s best pound-for-pound-boxer, is scheduled to take on 39-year-old former world champion Shane Mosley in Las Vegas on May 7 on pay per view.
But a lot of so-called boxing experts are calling it a mismatch and a waste of time.
However, if the boxing world listened to these whiners over the years, we would have never seen boxers such as Leon Spinks and Ken Norton upset Muhammad Ali -- or Buster Douglas beat the living daylights out of Mike Tyson. The intrigue and excitement that sporting events produce often comes from an underdog beating all of the odds and taking down a champion or championship team.
And let’s get one thing straight here; Mosley is an excellent boxer with the record to prove it at 46-6-1, with 39 KOs. Even though he’s going into the fight as the underdog it’s not going to send shockwaves throughout the world if he wins the fight. It’s far from beyond the realm of possibility that Mosley can beat Pacquiao, especially considering how Mosley disposed of Antonio Margarito. Also, don’t forget, a boxer’s power is the last thing to go.
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Anyway, on Jan. 9, Pacquiao answered the critics who call the Mosley bout an easy fight in his blog, which he writes for philboxing.com. Pacquiao simply stated what all boxing experts should realize by now, that there are no such things and easy fights. Yes, the outcomes may end up looking easy, but he still has to train for two months to prepare for them and put his life on the line every time he enters the ring.
Pacquiao said it may look easier than it actually is because he uses the right strategy and game plan to beat bigger opponents, but it takes weeks of hard work and sweat to perfect them in daily, rigorous training sessions. Pacquiao also wasn’t too happy with some writers who continuously slam the fight with Mosley and said they’re hypocrites because they’ll show up at the fight to watch it or cover it for free.
Pacquiao listed several fighters who held a physical advantage over him in the ring, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito. He said he had to find ways to overcome opponents who were taller and bigger than him and that Mosley can also be added to that list as he’s bigger than Pacquiao in just about all important physical areas. In addition, Pacquiao said he has to fight his hardest during every bout, no matter that the outcome is and finds it hard to understand the reasoning behind the term “easy fight.”
He’s right of course, and anybody who’s boxed before will know this. If this is an easy fight for Pacquiao why would he bother putting his body through grueling training sessions for two months prior to meeting Mosley? The answer’s simple. It’s because there’s no such thing as an easy fight going into one.