Boxing Roundtable: Who will be the top P4P fighter of the future?
With all that in mind, my pick is
As for who'll sit atop the P4P list, my vote goes to either the by-then-49-year-old
There could be a chance for
Victor Ortiz, natural right-hander who fights as a southpaw, is another guy everybody is watching. He won his past five fights by knockout in five rounds or less. Juan Manuel Lopez and
That said, Jones remains one of the sport's most recognizable names and people are still going to watch his fights (for now, anyway). It's my opinion a champion cannot tarnish what he's already accomplished, so I have no problem with Jones continuing to compete even if his days as a championship contender have passed.
But if Mosley is serious with his declaration, my vote is for Williams. I'm buying Williams as the most feared fighter in boxing. He's 6-foot-1 and throws 100 punches a round in three weight classes. And if Mosley is serious about wanting the best fights (another statement he may have made a few hundred times), he should sign a deal to fight Williams at 154 pounds and wait for the various sanctioning bodies to declare it to be a title fight. If Mosley can slay Williams, it will put even more pressure on Mayweather and Cotto, who both believe they are the top welterweights, to agree to face him.
Beyond that, Mosley would be a fine test for undefeated welterweight Andre Berto. Of course, even Mosley can't keep going forever, so maybe he should go straight to the two sweetest matchups out there: Mayweather and Pacquiao. At this point, I'd give Shane a real chance against either.
So it's wait-and-see mode for Mosley, not the most advantageous position for "Sugar." If Floyd dispenses of Marquez, as expected, I can't see Pacquiao passing up the huge payday of a Mayweather megafight -- in particular because it's a fight
But overall, my vote goes to
Richardson trained Mosley for his welterweight title fight with Antonio Margarito. (It was Richardson who spotted the illegal foreign objects in Margarito's hand wraps during the pre-fight taping, an offense which led to the Mexican's loss of license and credibility.) Mosley's decisive ninth-round TKO over an opponent on the fast track to superstardom -- in a fight where the three of us picked Margarito with no reservation -- ensured Richardson's place among the sport's elite trainers.