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ATE: Final Word on Mosley-Mayorga, De La Hoya-Pacquiao Blast, Chavez’ Best Win and More

Is this a superfight or a mismatch?:
Is this a superfight or a mismatch?:

In today’s edition of Ask The Editor (ATE), we take another look at the Shane Mosley-Ricardo Mayorga boxing match, receive a blast over the Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao super fight, ask what Julio Cesar Chavez Senior’s best career win was and much more.

Name : Carl Mathers
Country : USA
Your Question :
Most people seem to be picking Shane Mosley to win this weekend, but I give Ricardo Mayorga a great chance of winning. Mosley is not what he used to be and Mayorga still has his great KO punch. Let’s not forget how Vernon Forrest hurt Mosley when he was in his prime.

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Carl, I don’t agree. I still think Mosley has enough left in the tank to fiddle Mayorga out of a decision. I think he will be too clever and win on points.

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Carl, I’m going with the majority and picking Mosley, but you’re not necessarily far off with your analysis. I think it’s going to be a very competitive fight.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Boxing history shows that not many boxers achieve great things over the age of 35. At 37, Mosley’s dedication to fitness, much like Bernard Hopkins, keeps him on top. Mosley beats Mayorga comfortably in this fight, but it will be interesting to see where Sugar Shane goes after this. Actually, I’d like to see him have a third fight with Vernon Forrest to try to avenge two of his career defeats.

Name : Richard Owens
Country : USA
Your Question :
Attention HBO. I am just letting you know well in advance that I will not be buying the De La Hoya-Pacquiao farce on pay-per-view, no matter what spin you put on it. What a rip off! The middleweight Golden Boy gets one more Golden handshake before he slides into his promoter’s chair full time. It will be nothing but a glorified one-sided mugging with flyweight Pacquiao knocked out into the third row at ringside. If De La Hoya had any real talent left and cared about the sport, he would be fighting Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley or Paul Williams instead. Showtime has the right idea making Cristian Mijares and Vic Darchinyan at super flyweight. Now that’s a real fight!!

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Richard, I 100% agree. I may not have quite put it like you did but I agree. If Oscar really thinks he will take over Manny’s p4p crown by beating a much smaller man he can think again.

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Richard, I originally shared your thoughts regarding Pacquiao-De La Hoya, but now I think it may end up being competitive for a little while. I still agree that De La Hoya wins, but I think Pac Man puts up a fight. Mijares-Darchinyan is going to be a good one.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: I seem to be in the minority, but I think Manny Pacquiao can win this fight on points. With so many people saying that De La Hoya is going to win, is a loss going to look bad for Oscar?

Name : Roger Bloomfield
Country : USA
Your Question :
What do you think Paul Williams plan is, with him fighting at middleweight this week. Is it a sign that he can’t make the welterweight limit anymore? Where does he go from here?

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Roger, I don’t think Williams has significant trouble making 147. He’s too dangerous and not high-profile enough for a guy like De La Hoya to fight him…unfortunately! The reason Williams took a fight at middleweight is because now he has more potential opponents to choose from and he sends a message of "anybody, anytime."

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Williams weighed 157lbs on Wednesday for his Thursday night 1st round knockout win over Andy Kolle. It may in fact becoming a stretch for Williams to make welterweight now. Antonio Margarito is the hot name in boxing after his impressive win over Miguel Cotto. I now want to see Margarito attempt to avenge his defeat against Williams. That would be a great rematch!

Name : Alec Smith
Country : UK
Your Question :
OK! We get it. Frank Warren does not like Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and David Haye. Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and David Haye do not like Frank Warren. But are we still going to be subjected to this ongoing sniping in the media for the next few years?

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Good question, Alec. I don’t really like all this nonsense but the trouble is you print one person’s side of the argument and your duty bound to print the response from the other party. Before you know we have printed half a dozen tit for tat articles and it just gets silly.

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Alec, of course, it’s a vicious cycle…when guys like Calzaghe, Hatton and Haye are young contenders, they need Frank Warren to help showcase their talents. Warren has connections and the ability to create a buzz. Like him or hate him, Warren is an effective promoter.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Alex, you’ll need to buy yourself some ear muffs, because that group of boxers and promoter will be trash talking each other for a long while to come.

Name : Daniel Gonzalez
Country : Mexico
Your Question :
After reading about Julio Cesar Chavez Junior getting ready for his next fight, it got me thinking about his father’s own long career. I ask which in your opinion was the best win during the great career of Julio Cesar Chavez Senior?

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Good question, Daniel. It could have been any one of half dozen fights. Some might say it was when he stopped Greg Haugen in front of 132,000 Mexican’s in February 1993. Personally, I thought he was pretty much unbeatable from 1990 until 1995. I enjoyed that part of his career very much.

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Daniel, the Edwin Rosario fight in November 1987 still sticks out in my mind. If you recall, despite losing a contested split decision to Hector Camacho, Rosario had finally burst Camacho’s bubble and many people considered then WBA lightweight king Rosario to be a real killer going into his fight with Chavez. As you know Chavez put on a clinic against Rosario that night and I really got to see for the first time what a force Chavez could be.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: It was one of the most controversial endings to a boxing match ever, but I’m going to say Chavez’ final second win over Meldrick Taylor in March 1990. In many fans minds, maybe referee Richard Steele shouldn’t have stopped it when he did, but Chavez still did the damage on Taylor, while behind on the cards. Chavez still did what he had to do to get the referee to think about stopping it when he did.

Name : Thomas Peak
Country : United Kingdom
Your Question :
Hi guys, I was very interested to read your opinions on where John L. Sullivan comes in your all time top ten heavyweight rankings? I think Sullivan has to be up the top five let alone the top ten and the reason is simple... Nat Fleischer saw them all and ranked Sullivan above Louis and Dempsey I believe. However this may have been coloured by nostalgia but the point he made in a lot of his writing was that the only place to judge a fighter is in the ring and how he fared against his contemporaries. If this is how the all time rankings should be judged as opposed to praying for the invention of a time machine, then he has to be up there doesn’t he? I can only really think of four other fighters who have been so dominate in their own time and my top 5 (for now) is:
1. Joe Louis
2. Rocky Marciano
3. Jack Johnson
4. Gene Tunney
=4. Muhammad Ali
5. John L. Sullivan
=5. Lennox Lewis
(I know that’s technically cheating, but what the heck, the WBC do it!)

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Thomas, my top-five: 1) Joe Louis, 2) Muhammad Ali, 3) Rocky Marciano, 4) Larry Holmes, 5) Jack Johnson.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: I think a lot of people would argue with you on your Muhammad Ali ranking. For me, on pure boxing ability. 1) Joe Louis, 2) Muhammad Ali, 3) Larry Holmes, 4) George Foreman, 5) Joe Frazier. If you are nominating the heavyweights which had the greatest historical impact on boxing history, John L. Sullivan would have to be in my top five, along with Ali, Louis, Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey.

Name : Duma Msongelwa
Country : South Africa
Your Question :
I am boxing fan through and through and lately I have been starved of watching good prize fights. It seems like in South Africa, Supersport Channel, the company that broadcasts fights for us, generally is starving us of good boxing. Most recently we missed the Marquez vs. Casamayor fight and apparently the Mosley vs. Mayorga fight will not be available. What other options does a fight fan have when a fight he wants to see is not available on Satellite television? The way things are going we might miss the Jones vs. Calzaghe fight and that would be painful.

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Hi Duma. I really do believe universal Pay-Per-View on the internet is not far away. Your problems will then be solved.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Keep an eye on what is available at www.SecondsOut.TV !

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