Quijano: Mosley will need to turn back time-A A +A
Saturday, February 12, 2011
THE press tour for the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley in May has kicked off and I wish to share some of my initial thoughts and impressions.
Once again, the height difference was quite noticeable. Mosley is at least 2 inches taller than Manny and the fact that he has still managed to retain some of his speed at age 39 is certainly going to be a factor in this fight.
If Mosley was laggardly, he would not have been able to land those two booming right hands on speed merchant Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Also, one cannot discount that Mosley’s skills remain quite formidable despite the inevitable erosion over the years, and as a three-time world champion, his track record under pressure situations is impeccable.
SPEED AND SKILL. We all know that Manny handles himself quite well against bigger and taller fighters, but opponents with comparable speed and skill can put up a stiff challenge.
Oscar de la Hoya and Antonio Margarito were leviathans, but the “Golden Boy” that showed up was too inept or too shot to capitalize on his size advantage, while Margarito’s skills were limited to brawling and he could not consistently land anything of consequence.
In recent years, the fighters that have inflicted damage and imposed attrition on Manny were Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Cotto gave us a few, frantic moments in the first two rounds, and undoubtedly you have to give credit to his speed. He was ultimately a few paces slower, but his skill also came into play which allowed him to hang with Pacquiao until the last round.
Marquez wields the quintessential kryptonite to super-Manny and it’s all because of his speed and skill, which arguably appear to be at par, or at least in so far as their two encounters are concerned.
After 24 action-packed rounds and four knockdowns, I believe the Pacquiao-Marquez saga lacks a definitive conclusion.
“Sugar” Shane has struggled though in his last fight against Sergio Mora and this could be a portent of how things will take shape in the Pacquiao match-up.
At the end of the day, it’s a contest between a speedy and skilled fighter at the apogee of his career against another speedy and skilled fighter past his prime.
CONGRATULATIONS ATHLETES. This coming Sat., Feb. 19, the Sportswriters Association of Cebu will be handing out awards for the best athletes the past calendar year.
In my area of interest, which is of course boxing and mixed-martial arts, the major awardees are Sabah Fadai for MMA, Donnie Nietes for boxing.
“Ahas” went 2 for 2 last year, one of which was a successful defense of his World Boxing Organization minimum weight title against Mexican Mario Rodriguez in Sinaloa, Mexico.
The other was a TKO victory over tough Jesus Silvestre in Manila.
Sabah, representing Deftac Cebu, did us proud by winning two bouts at the Martial Combat in Singapore, considered Asia’s most prestigious mixed martial arts event. Both wins came via the short route.
The rest of the awardees for boxing are Milan Melindo, Rocky Fuentes, Roli Gasca, Mercito Gesta, Mandaue amateur boxing team—Michael Romarate, Albert Pagara and Malcolm Tuñacao.
The SAC-SMB awards will be at the Ayala Activity Center and the awardees are requested to be there by 2:15 p.m. See you, guys!
HE SAID IT. “I definitely won’t be on the losing end. I think it should be even. We are two similar types of fighters. We both like to battle. He throws punches more rapidly than I do but my punches are heavier. I don’t know what the over-under is. It won’t go the distance”—Sugar Shane Mosley.
LAST ROUNDS. Are on Val Macapagal, Haydee Wang and Atty. Dennis Quiokeles who are celebrating their birthdays this week. Cheers!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 13, 2011.