Originally Answered: Shane mosley is great & way bigger, is counting him out an advanced ploy to ruin pacquiao if in case he loses?
This is exactly what I've been saying!!!
Mosley caught Mayweather with some BIG PUNCHES, in round two of their fight, and came VERY... VERY CLOSE to Knocking Floyd out...and probably would have, if he landed just ONE more. And, that was very recent!
THAT FACT... is an important one to consider when you think about the fact that Mayweather is a defensive wizard, and one of the very toughest guys in all of boxing to hit!
Pacquiao... is NOT that hard to hit! So... it stands to reason if Mosley can hit Floyd with BIG PUNCHES...then he CAN hit Manny with BIG PUNCHES. In fact, its likely that he hits Manny with MORE big punches than he did against Mayweather, which potentially spells BIG trouble for Manny!
Defensive styles are the only ones that give Mosley difficulty, so it isn't surprising that he lost to Mayweather and caught a draw against Mora.
He however, DOES NOT have trouble with aggressive come-forward fighters! And, Pacquiao is an aggressive come-forward fighter...that LOVES "shoot-outs."
See Pacquiao can get away with having a "shoot-out" against Margarito because Margarito does not posses the hand speed necessary to catch PAC frequently enough to beat him. But, Mosley DOES...additionally Mosley hits SO HARD that he doesn't need to connect very often at all!
Mosley COULD very possibly close the show...with one or two good ones.
Another important thing to keep in mind, is that Juan Manuel Marquez gave PAC all he could handle in two very close fights. The ONLY REASON was because JMM is an incredible counter-puncher! Shane Mosley too...is an incredible counter-puncher! Except, he's a LOT BIGGER, and a LOT STRONGER than JMM! If he hits Pacquiao with "one-tenth" of the shots JMM did... it easily could be "Good Night" for Pacquiao!!!
Plus, Mosley is also...much faster than JMM... which makes landing punches more probable!
Boxing is a proverbial representation of the game "Rock, Scissors, Paper" where styles make fights.
Pacquiao's style...historically, has been Mosley's "cup of tea." Mosley has the power to knock Manny Pacquiao out, and although Manny has great power...he does NOT have enough power to K.O. Shane Mosley! Maybe no one does!
Shane Mosley has the best chin and the hardest punch in the welterweight division. And, he still has very formidable hand speed! Plus, he's a counter-puncher, which historically, has been bad for Manny Pacquiao!
People who beat Mosley... Floyd Mayweather, Winky Wright, and Vernon Forrest were "slick" Pure Boxer-type fighters.
Mosley's never lost against to an aggressive come-forward fighter! And, it would be especially difficult for a smaller, shorter, not quite as powerful guy like Pacquiao!
Is it an advanced ploy??? I don't think so... BUT, I think it IS a BIG MISTAKE! Stylistically, its just NOT a good fight for Manny.
Will it ruin Pacquiao "if" he loses???
Yes and No
It WILL hurt his legacy! But, it won't ruin it. Its just like when Roberto Duran got KO'ed by Tommy Hearns. It DID hurt Duran's legacy, and knocked him down a few rungs on the All-time great list, but Duran is STILL ON the All-Time great list!
Because intelligent people know that stylistically... it was a bad fight for Duran, and Tommy Hearns was NO slouch. Mosley stylistically, is a bad fight for Pacquiao, and Mosley is NO slouch! But, in Pacquiao's case... I'm afraid that due to Mosley's age and his loss to Mayweather... they might count his potential loss to Mosley worse...than Duran's loss to Hearns.
"If" Pacquiao loses... will "they" say it is because he finally fought a black fighter?
So...IS THAT what "THEY" will say... Yes, many un-educated fans, especially die-hard Mayweather fans will say that! Quietly and not-so-quietly RACIST African American fans will also say YES, that Pacquiao lost because he finally faced an African American. Which of course like ALL forms of racism... is stupid!!! Because it assumes a degree of racial biological supremacy, which is non-existent in any race, and simply the product of racist garbage.
In the END...
My honest belief is that Pacquiao will beat Mosley by UD. HOWEVER, I also recognize that there IS REAL DANGER here for Pacquiao, and he HAS to be careful!!! Because Mosley has a FAR better chance beating PAC than he had when he faced Mayweather...due to stylistic reasons.
Should Manny lose is WILL hurt his legacy, but it WON'T ruin it!