Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have finally agreed to square off for a welterweight super fight on HBO Pay-Per-View at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 1.
The hubbub for the anticipated fight started after Mayweather came out of his 18-month retirement last September.
Mosley, 38, stepped up his interest after the 32-year-old defeated lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez.
Later, in a post-fight interview, Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) challenged Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) to his face.
Mayweather became available to fight three weeks ago when negotiations for a Manny Pacquiao ticket stalled.
All parties agreed to conditions for a March 13 bout when Mayweather wanted to have a random blood testing done in addition to the agreed random urine testing.
The last time Mosley fought was against Antonio Margarito last January, winning his title in a ninth-round knockout.
Unbeaten welterweight pro boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., once considered boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter when he retired in December 2007 after knocking out Ricky Hatton, said he’s coming back to take on Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18 at the MGM Grand Arena.
Mayweather, a Las Vegas resident, is undefeated at 39-0 with 25 knockouts.
“The king is back!” Mayweather said. “I’m here to fight and reclaim what is mine.”
The scheduled 12-round slugfest will be held at the welterweight level with a 143-pound weight limit.
Last night Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, a minus-290 favorite, delivered spot-on devastating left and right hooks to overwhelm and eventually TKO Britan’s Ricky Hatton with one second remaining in Round 2 of their scheduled 12-round junior welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas before a sellout, bellowing, frothing-at-the-mouth crowd of 16,262.
Pacquiao retained his pound-for-pound best boxer claim and improved his record to 49-3-2 with 37 knockouts. Dominating the fight from the opening bell, Pacquiao established the right hook in the first 30 seconds, hammering away at Hatton, whose only answer was to hold and hit until finally succumbing to Pacquiao’s left hook to the chin knockout blow that reeled and crashed Hatton flat on his back to the canvas.
Pacquiao earned $12 million for his smashing good looks and hooks; Hatton got $8 million for his whooping.