A lot of people are talking about Mosley’s power and Mosley’s one punch knockout power, and a lot of people I’ve talked to are predicting an upset by Shane Mosley. Mosley is currently a 6 to 1 underdog, but has proven to come up big when the odds are stacked against him in past fights like De La Hoya and Antonio Margarito.

Personally, at this point in Mosley’s career I just can’t see him upsetting Pacquiao. Especially after Mayweather drew up the perfect blueprint to beating Shane Mosley in 2010. I just don’t think Mosley is fast enough on his feet to pose a threat to Pacquiao. I think Pacquiao will try to keep the fight in the middle of the ring, throw his combos, and turn Shane, and if Shane is slow with his footwork while turning, I’d guess Pacquiao will hit him with clean shots while he turns Mosley.

In order for Mosley to beat Pacquiao, I think he has to be the smarter fighter. We all know Pacman is fast, we all know he uses angles well, and we know that his chin is pretty solid. But he hasn’t really shown that he’s a thinker in the ring. He usually sticks to his trainer, Freddie Roach’s game plan to perfection. But we haven’t really seen someone disrupt that game plan and force him to revert to plan b. If Mosley can feel out Pacman for a few round and then throw a curve ball at him in the third or fourth round, he maybe able to disrupt Pacman and could land clean, as he did against Mayweather. We all know Mosley can punch and anyone who knows about Pacman’s past is that its not certain weather he can take a relentless body attack. He’s been hurt to the body before and has had TKO loses due to body shots. I think Mosley needs to apply pressure and go to the body every chance he gets. From there he maybe able to get Pacman to drop his guard and land some big hooks upstairs. Although I do think this is a long shot, Mosley does possess the tools to win, if he fights the right fight. And if Shane Mosley does indeed upset Manny Pacquiao, the biggest loser will be Floyd Mayweather, not Manny Pacquiao.

Originally published on PureStyle Magazine