Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (33) and “Sugar” Shane Mosley (38), two of the top 5 pugilists on most knowledgeable boxing observers’ “Pound-For-Pound” lists, are scheduled to face off in the squared circle May 1st 2010 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The initial press conference announcing one of the most anticipated combats in recent recollection was highlighted by a confrontational grappling session in the center of the stage at the Nokia Theater in the heart of Times Square, this past Tuesday afternoon.
“We came face-to-face, then our noses touched – and I love nothing but ladies, so a man touching me I’m like…. – then he grabbed my hand, and I’m like… ‘Yo, don’t touch me!’ We can talk what we’re gonna talk, we already touched face-to-face, just don’t put your hands on me, period!” Mayweather explained afterwards.
Although there have been previous attempts to match up the two men over the past decade, many Floyd Jr. detractors are glad to finally see him face what they consider to be his most formidable foe since he faced Jose Luis Castillo in 2002.
Even with that being said, there are a few insiders familiar with the Sweet Science who contend that this contest should’ve occurred at least 5-7 years ago. While some accused Mayweather of avoiding Mosley, it was actually Sugar Shane who decided to move up in weight to face Oscar de la Hoya for more mulah instead of facing Floyd. That being the case, it is still the best match-up that can be made in boxings’ foreseeable future.
Fifteen minutes after the start of the program it was announced that 14,000 out of the 17,000 tickets available had already been sold.