Friday, May 06, 2011

Age issue continues to bedevil Shane Mosley until final hours

ODDSMAKERS who installed WBO 147-lb king Manny Pacquiao a solid pick to send Sugar Shane Mosley "packing into a retirement center" on May 7, have continued to invoke Mosley's "old" age as main reason why many of them don't see the American customer in the radar of victory.

"No matter how good you are, your body can not withstand the wear and tear factor if you are past your prime and over the hill," commented boxing analyst Freddie Dawson, 62, who predicted a brutal ending for the 39-year-old Mosley before 12th round.

"I admire Mosley. He really is a powerful welterweight champion during his time, but his era is over. He hasn't met an aggressive fighter in his career like Pacquiao who attacks relentlessly without let up."

America's No. 1 boxing writer Michael Marley, meanwhile, told this writer in the Media Center that "Mosley will start to deteriorate in the 7th and 8th rounds and fall in the 9th round."

Marley wrote in the "This fight is going to be a mini-war for the first three rounds. By round two, both fighters will be throwing hammer blows. One or both may even briefly visit the canvas."


Marley added: "After nine minutes, the pace will slow markedly but Pacquiao will work at his usual frenetic pace and Mosley will be taking more shots than he ever has before. Mosley will see openings but his reflexes will now allow to capitalize on them.

"By the seventh round, the tide will be all Pacquiao and both referee Kenny Bayless and Mosley's avuncular trainer, Naazim Richardson, will be mentally calculating the punishment Shane has taken and considering how much more he should be subjected to.

"Bayless will hesitate to stop the match even after a clean knockdown or maybe two. The ref will giving Mosley the respect due him for his career accomplishments.

"Fans will be wondering how much more pain Mosley can withstand through round eight. But it will be the respected trainer from Philadelphia who rides to Mosley's rescue.

After nine full rounds, Mosley will return to the corner a beaten but unbowed man."

Mayol is lone Pinoy entry in Pacquiao-Mosley tiff

Cebuano Rodel Mayol (27-5-2, 21 KOs) will be the only Filipino prizefighter who will see action in the eight-fight undercard of the Pacquiao-Mosley.

The 29-year-old former WBC lightflyweight champion now based in Los Angeles, California, will face Javier Gallo (17-3-1, 9 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico for 8 rounds in a none-title scrapper.

Mayol, a former protege of Cebu boxing patron Antonio L. Aldeguer, is fresh from a 7th round TKO win over Pompetch Twins Gym at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines on Nov. 5, 2010.

He won the WBC tiara with a second round disposal of Edgar Sosa on Nov. 21, 2009 in Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.

Mayol successfully kept his title with a 3rd round technical draw against Omar Nino Romero on Feb. 27, 2010 at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

In a rematch on on June 19, 2010, Mayol yielded the throne to the same Romero via 12-round unanimous decision at the Plaza de Toros, San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico.

The Mayol-Gallo fracas won't be shown "live" on Showtime which will feature only on a "pay-per-view" the three main undercards -- Ray Narh vs Mike Alvarado for 10-round WBC Continental Americas super lightweight championship;

Alfonso Lopez vs Kelly Pavlik for 10-round super middleweight none-title duel; and Jorge Arce vs Wildredo Vazquez 12-round WBO super bantamweight title fight.

Hawaai's Leon Panoncillo will supervise the Pacquiao-Mosley WBO welterweight champion. (Alex Vidal)

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