Dear Brothers of the Mas,
As you all know, I have mad respect for Floyd’s skills. The kid doesn’t play, not in the ring, not in training, and not in choosing his battles either. That Mayweather clan may be crazy as all crazy, but I also think they’re crazy like dysfunctional foxes. Crazy foxes from the hood, no less – very dangerous foxes indeed. They can smell when a man is weak, that kind.
We had Dana White on my TV show a few weeks ago, and I know he’s a big fight fan, so we asked him who he’d take in Mayweather/Pacquiao.
First thing he said was, “I’m not so sure Floyd is going to get past Shane.”
One of his main arguments for that was that Shane was in camp for Berto, and then after that fight fell apart, he had maybe a week off and went back to camp for Floyd. He saw that as a big positive for Shane, that he’s hyper-prepared and in shape.
Me, I see it as a big negative. Training camp takes a toll on a man Shane’s age, and two camps back-to-back without any layoff is NOT a good thing for him in my opinion. Throw in the fact that the headshots are seriously taking a toll on the man, and I worry for him in this thing, I really do. We had him on the show by satellite on Thursday, and I’ll tell you something – he is slurring like early 80′s Ali. He’s slurring even when the cameras are on, and when they’re off, fuhgeddaboudit. He’s incomprehensible, looks lost and glazed. It’s a sad, sad thing, but Shane is going down the road much traveled.
In short, I think Floyd is going to beat him up but good. I know Shane is a warrior, and I know he will take one hell of a licking and keep on ticking, but Floyd won’t be hitting him with those big Cotto and Margarito telegraphed wangdangers tomorrow night. With Shane lunging and flurrying the way he does, Floyd is going to catch him with more than a few of those you-never-saw-it-didja?-now-dance-for-me-motherfucker type counters, the ones that send you down Queersville in a jiffy.
I picture this fight in my mind and I see something that feels like a cross between Oscar-Floyd and Hatton-Floyd. First couple of rounds, I think Shane will get some licks in, and there will be moments where you wonder… “maybe this is the time, maybe this is the guy…” Floyd will stay cool, of course, take it like a champ, and I think the overall effect that he’s getting roughed up will be at least 60% illusion (unlike Hatton, where it was 100%). The clean potshots he lands on Shane will add up quickly, and by the seventh or eighth, the tide will have turned and we’ll have a bloodbath on our hands.
I see Floyd stopping Shane, and I would put that in the 9th or 10th. It will not be pretty, I fear. Shane’s guts and raw hatred of Floyd will do him a disservice. Marquez walked out of that ring because he went into survival mode. Shane doesn’t know from survival mode – just ask him to put two sentences together for proof of that. He will Hatton himself into extinction.
However, the mere name, “Shane Mosley,” gives me pause on the gambling front. Floyd at -450, -475, is just too rich for my blood. Say Floyd breaks a hand. I think he beats Shane easily with two mitts, but with one he loses. Shane’s old and deteriorating fast, but he still ain’t no Baldomir.
So, you know, if you’re looking to make a wager and want to have a little fun tomorrow night, lay a fin down on Shane if you can get him over +300. Spice up your night. You know you’ll be rooting for him anyway.
In conclusion, I miss you dudes. All love to my Masian brothers. My show is called The Daily Line, and it’s on Versus every night at 6 p.m. We’re making baby steps towards being something solid, I believe, though it takes time in TV land. We’re not walking yet, but we’re crawling with some measure of style.
Aight – keep your gloves up. Hopefully, I’ll be rapping at you sooner rather than later. I promise to get back in the ring either here or at The Rumble if Pac/Floyd goes down.