April, The Upset Month - Will May Follow Suit?

Andre BertoBy James Slater: The month of April this year sure has thrown out some big boxing upsets: no less than four shockers already, with quite a few days left in the month still. We saw “sure thing” David Lemieux hammered to TKO defeat by Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio back on the 8th of April, we saw “future champ” James Kirkland belted to a truly devastating 1st-round defeat at the hands of unknown Japanese fighter Nibihro Ishida on April 9th (and we almost saw another huge upset that same night, as the “shot” Erik Morales rolled back the years in almost out-pointing Marcos Maidana.

While last night, we saw defending WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto upset via decision by “quitter” Victor Ortiz in a thriller, and if that wasn’t enough for upset fans, we saw previously unbeaten knockout artist Juan Manuel Lopez TKO’d in the 8th by Mexican warrior Orlando Salido. By any stretch, that’s quite a lot of shocks this April has given us. But could there be another huge shocker to follow, in May?

For punters who enjoy a flutter while predicting an odds-defying upset, the fast approaching Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight could prove tempting. Seeing as how upsets seem to be the in-thing right now, maybe some fans will go out on a limb in giving “Sugar” Shane - a huge, natural welterweight - a legit shot against the Pound-for-Pound king?

Mosley, as confident as Ortiz, Ishida, Morales, Rubio and Salido all were ahead of their big chances, has almost promised he will get the win on May 7th. Not only that, but the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer has predicted how he will get the job done by way of KO. Pac-Man, taking Mosley ultra-serious, has trained accordingly, with trainer Freddie Roach saying his charge has enjoyed one of his best-ever camps. If Mosley does manage to pull it off, then, Pacquiao will not be able to blame his loss on “not being himself,” as Berto has done after his loss to Ortiz.

We will see the best possible Manny Pacquiao on May 7th. We will also see the best possible form a near-40-year-old Shane Mosey can produce. Will this combination serve to give us a great fight? Maybe. A Mosley upset win? Again, maybe.

The bookmakers say no to a Mosley victory, but they said that about an Ortiz win, about an Ishida win, about a Rubio win, about a………. well, you know the rest!

Article posted on 17.04.2011

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