The man many consider the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao, is back in action this weekend as he takes on former WBA Super Welterweight Champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley. The two highly decorated pugulists will engage in a 12 round battle for the WBO Welterweight Championship this Saturday, May 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao vs Mosley Fight Odds & Prediction have "Pac Man" listed as a -900 moneyline favorite; the fight is favored to finish under 11.5 rounds at -165 odds.
Manny Pacquiao has been an indestructable boxing force since losing to Erik Morales in March of 2005, reeling off 13 consecutive wins to improve his professional record to 52-3-2. Pacquiao has also captured titles in four different weight divisions since that setback, making him the first fighter ever to hold a belt in eight seperate weight classes.
Pacquiao, who is known for his quickness and heavy left hand, last fought in November when he took out Antonio Margarito via unanimous decision at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The win was his second consecutive by decision as he also defeated Joshua Clottey in unanimous fashion at the same venue in March of last year.
Prior to those two victories, Pacquiao scored four straight T/KO's over David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto.
Shane Mosley, who turns 40 years old in September, has already established his place in boxing lore as a past belt holder in the WBC, WBA, and IBF; however, he has something to prove coming into Saturday's fight. Mosley is 2-2-1 in his last five scraps after losing to Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. and fighting to a draw with Sergio Mora.
Mosley's last bout, the draw with Mora, which took place last September at the STAPLES Center, was panned as a sluggish bout where neither fighter appeared to be on his game. Mosley's performance in that fight, coupled with Mayweather Jr's complete domination of the California native just over a year ago, has inspired little confidence that "Sugar" can, indeed, derail the Pacquiao train.
Manny Pacquiao (-900) vs Shane Mosley (+550)
Over 11.5 Rounds (+135)
Under 11.5 Rounds (-165)