It's enticing, but Mosley won't look too far ahead

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It's almost impossible to get a fighter to look ahead. And it's downright silly to do so when the opponent is Miguel Cotto. But during his media workout in New York on Tuesday, Sugar Shane Mosley came about as close as a fighter is willing to go when asked to forecast the future. The question was just that good.

Mosley was surrounded by a horde of reporters when someone suggested that the rumor mill says the winner of Cotto-Mosley will fight the winner of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Ricky Hatton. The thought was far too tantalizing for Mosley to ignore.

"Well, that might be so," he said. "It seems logical for the winner to fight the winner. We'll see what happens."

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Unfortunately, boxing is never logical. But fortunately, Mosley has made a career out of fighting the best that's out there. Which brings us to Saturday night's fight against Cotto. Coming off wins over Brooklyn's Luis Collazzo and Fernando Vargas, Mosley could have sat back and waited for an easier fight. That's not his style. So on Saturday he puts his career on the line while the unbeaten Cotto puts his WBA welterweight crown at stake.

"Definitely a tough opponet, Miguel Cotto," said Mosley. "He's young and strong and I believe he's hungry for this fight. I'm just going to come down and do what I do best and that's give a great performance and win the fight."

As for the future, last week, promoter Bob Arum was asked on a conference call about whether or not Mayweather Jr. would fight the Mosley-Cotto winner.

"Would Floyd Mayweather, the dancing star, fight Miguel Cotto or Shane Mosley?," said Arum. "I think the answer there would generally be in the negative … Mayweather's only fighting guys he can beat. Mayweather never would fight Margarito, you know that. He won't fight Mosley – you know that. He won't fight Cotto. So forget Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather has a choice. He's made an awful lot of money and he can take the $100 bills and keep throwing them away to the public in night clubs. That's his choice."

QUICK JABS: Joe Calzaghe easily defeated Mikkel Kessler in their super middleweight unification bout last Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. Calzaghe started slowly, but once he found his rhythm, he dominated what turned out to be a pretty a one-sided fight. Now, I get that these guys work for HBO, but the broadcast team was a little overboard for this one. Jim Lampley opened the telecast saying that in the history of boxing there had not been a bigger fight between two European fighters. I know that atmposhere helps build drama and excitement and perhaps that didn't translate on television. But I would argue that Lennox Lewis vs. Frank Bruno was a bigger fight and had greater impact on both sides of the Atlantic. At least everyone knew both combatants. During the fight, Max Kellerman said there was some "high-level stuff," going on inside the ring. I didn't see it. They didn't come close to the technical superiority displayed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya in May. And finally, Emanuel Steward gushed over Calzaghe and I had to ask myself, didn't Emanuel spend about 15 years in the corner of Thomas Hearns?

BOXING LEARNING FROM MMA? HBO boxing boss Ross Greenburg has been quoted in Newsday and other publications arguing that boxing is not dead. He points to great recent matchups – De La Hoya-Mayweather, Calzaghe-Kessler, Cotto-Mosley and Mayweather-Hatton. And yes, he is correct. He has done his job in putting together the fights that people want to see. But what happens when the fighting inside the ring doesn't live up to the hype, as was the case with Mayweather-De La Hoya and Calzaghe-Kessler? Sometimes the Super Bowl is the most boring game of the entire NFL playoffs and no one can help that. The Mayweather-De La Hoya fight generated a record-number of pay-per-view buys. But would a rematch come close to the same numbers? On that night, boxing needed a Chavez-Taylor I type of fight inside the ring. It didn't get that. But that would have instantly ended the, "Is MMA overtaking boxing debate?" that so many boxing people hate to talk about. Arum touched on this a bit during last week's conference call and intimated that was the reason Antonio Margarito and Joel Casamayor are on the undercard at the Garden. "Now some people say that we learned this from the UFC because as much as I dislike [MMA] … every fight seems like it's the same as the other fights," he said. "In other words there's no fall off – particular fall off in the fights. There may be fall off in name value but not in the competition. And that's what – that's helped them build a franchise. And I think boxing – at least as far as Golden Boy and ourselves are concerned – see that as a way to encourage more customers… people are spending money to watch boxing. Now they're paying to see the main event. But they're paying and therefore everything that's presented to them should be quality. And that means every fight that's on the card that's shown on the telecast has to be and should be a quality fight. And I think if all promoters endeavor to do that the business of boxing would be a lot better."

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