Regardless of how many times it was put off or ignored by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, fans and critics alike have held out hopes that the two boxers would meet up and determine who the pound-for-pound greatest fighter is once and for all.
Now with Mayweather facing 30-plus years for domestic assault charges levied against him by the mother of his children, a new fight plan is circulating: Pacquiao vs. “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
According to veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant, if Mayweather is still tied up with legal proceedings after Pacquiao’s assumed victory over Antonio Margarito on November 13, he’d likely be booked to face Mosley next.
“What if, for example, Pacquiao beats Margarito and Mayweather is unavailable for whatever reason, personal, legal problems... Mosley would probably be the best choice for a good fight that Pacquiao could make at the time,” Merchant said in an interview with Dog House Boxing.
At the moment, Mayweather is facing charges for allegedly getting violent with his girlfriend and mother of his children, Josie Harris. If convicted on all charges, the famed boxer faces a possible 30-plus years in jail.
Mosley, meanwhile, fought a draw against Sergio Mora on Saturday in Los Angeles in a fight many thought he should have won.