It’s official. Boxing’s biggest superstar (and six-time, undefeated world champion) Floyd “Money” Mayweather made his upcoming fight with welterweight mega-star and five-time world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley official today when he signed the contract that pits the two fighters against each other for a 12-round battle on Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout will, of course, be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
OK, it isn’t Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which is the fight we really wanted to see. But it is going to draw a ton of attention because these are two of the biggest names in boxing—and both future Hall of Famers. Floyd is 40-0 with 25 KOs. Shane is 46-5 with 39 KOs. These are two outstanding fighters. And this has the makings of a classic battle.
Floyd’s record speaks for itself. He’s at the pinnacle of his career, having unretired to fight (and beat) Juan Manuel Marquez back in September 2009. Shane just seems to be getting better with age. At 38-years-old, he has won seven of his past eight fights dating back to 2005, defeating the likes of Fernando Vargas (twice), Luis Collazo, Ricardo Mayorga, and Antonio Margarito. That’s impressive, but none of those fighters is Floyd Mayweather.