Over the past few weeks, boxing has taken a metaphorical shotgun to its foot.
First, a highly anticipated superfight between
Not money, which would have been at least fathomable. Not the selection of judges, which would have been believable.
Drug testing. Incredible.
Then Top Rank, Pacquiao's promoter, insults the boxing public by matching Pacquiao against
That was followed by Golden Boy Promotions, in a completely unrelated but equally stomach-churning move, announcing that
In less than a month, two fighters and two promotion companies had wiped out improbable momentum boxing had built at the end of 2009.
But just as suddenly, the sport has a chance to grab it back.
Sometime in the next few days Golden Boy will announce a May fight between Mayweather and
And boxing will suddenly be shocked back to life.
The boxing-is-dying column is one that has become a mainstay in the archives of most national scribes. Oftentimes, they are filled with hyperbole. However in recent weeks, they have been laced with more facts. The collapse of Paquiao-Mayweather, which was getting as much or more mainstream coverage than any NBA or MLB playoff game, cast a spotlight on the sports recent failures.
The heavyweight division had a potential big fight. Unfortunately,
The 2010 schedule was littered with mismatches and yawners. Now, it has a date that will have everyone circling their calendars.
Mosley-Mayweather doesn't have the same cache as Paquiao-Mayweather. It won't determine the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and it won't break any Pay Per View records. But it's a legitimate showdown between two elite fighters who fight at the same weight and have contrasting styles. Mosley will press the action and take the fight to Mayweather. And Mayweather will counterpunch and look to score big with flurries.
The result will be entertaining.
Certainly one fight cannot restore the momentum that was lost. And the sport still needs Pacquiao-Mayweather to happen. But for the first time in weeks, boxing has some excitement.
Its foot can start to heal.