What If Shane Mosley Defeats Manny Pacquiao?
Tonight, Manny Pacquiao takes on Shane Mosley in the biggest fight of the year. For most, it’s been a foregone conclusion that Pacquaio will steamroll Mosley to continue his domination in the sport of boxing and then the only fight left will be an epic confrontation with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
What if “Sugar” Shane wins tonight? Nobody has really considered what it would do to the legacy of Pacquiao and, more importantly, the sport of boxing.
Let’s be clear—it’s not impossible for Shane to beat Pacquiao. Unlikely? Yes. Impossible? Absolutely not. Pacquiao’s style is exactly what Mosley looks for in fights. Someone who comes forward, makes mistakes and gives “Sugar” Shane the opportunity to counter punch and display his punching power and hand speed. If this was Shane from five or six years ago, the odds would be much closer than what they are today. But due to his snooze worthy performance in a draw against Sergio Mora and being wiped out against Floyd Mayweather Jr, most have completely written Mosley off. But styles make fights and this one could be interesting should Mosley be able to make Manny respect his power early.
So what happens if Mosley catches the “Pac Man” with a huge counter and ends up winning the fight?
Aside from the earth shaking and the cow jumping over the moon, the state of boxing finds itself in an awkward predicament. The Mayweather Jr vs. Pacquiao fight loses all of its luster. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if Mayweather abruptly retired from the sport. There’s nothing left for him to accomplish. Unless he wants to fight for money, there really is no reason for Floyd to step into the ring. However, his legacy will remain tainted. As for Pacquiao, a rematch will definitely be in order. Pacquiao’s invincibility veil will be lifted and the claim that he’s one of the best fighters of all time kind of goes up in smoke.
Shane Mosley looks like Evander Holyfield when he took on Mike Tyson and scored a shocking upset win in the 90s. His career will be rejuvenated and opportunities for Mosley will open up to continue improving his legacy.
All in all, boxing will be turned upside down. The likelihood of all this happening is slim to none, but if you’re reading this the day after Mosley wins, just call me a prophet.