With the controversy that has surrounded this fight, a knockout victory seems essential for both fighters. They want to put to rest who is better here and now, and Pacquiao has every reason to believe he is a superior fighter, and Boxing Oddsmakers know it.
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Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao vs “Sugar” Shane Mosley
WBO Welterweight Title, 12 rounds
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Saturday, May 7, 2011, 9:00 pm Eastern, TV: Showtime Pay-per-view
Current Line: Pacquiao -900 / Mosley +600 (courtesy of bookmaker)
Rounds Prop: Under 11.5 rounds -175 / Over 11.5 rounds +145
1. Only eight more months until college football season starts. Am I the only one who has started the countdown?
2. I still don’t like Nick Saban at all, but what he has accomplished is truly incredible. In seven years he has two national championships at two schools, and he mixed in a disastrous stint in the NFL in the middle of that.Saban took over a team that was just 7-6 three years ago, and has now had two amazing years in a row. As much as I hate to admit it the guy is solidly the best coach in the country. He also hurts the argument that people use in favor of guys like my beloved program’s Rich Rodriguez – that they need a couple of years to get their systems in place and let their recruits take over the program. Saban didn’t need that time.
Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao couldn’t agree on money, and their fight that was supposed to be on May 2 has been called off. It sounds fairly permanent, but I am hopeful that they can get over themselves and get the deal done. This one was going to be a great fight, and boxing needs all the big fights it can get. These are quite likely the two best fighters out there right now, and they clearly don’t like each other, so this thing could have ended with a corpse. Hatton is looking for a new opponent after pulling Pacquiao’s contract, but there is no one he can find who will be any better. Unless, of course, Floyd Mayweather can be coaxed out of retirement for a rematch. That would be one to watch. Actually, the only thing better than that one would be Pacquiao – Mayweather.