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Mayweather's relentless work continues as weigh-in nears

April 30, 2010 |  1:38 pm


We're now less than two hours away from the weigh-in for Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s attempt to improve to 41-0 by defeating the man considered his toughest foe yet, Pomona's Shane Mosley.

Thursday night, during a dinner thrown by Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather's lead advisor Leonard Ellerbe had to abruptly leave his seat before the main course arrived.

Mayweather was on the phone, and he wanted to train.

That's been a recurring theme in advance of this pay-per-view bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather got off the fight's media tour and immediately started running. He's barred reporters from his gym as he got into fighting shape, and he routinely says things in the gym like, "Gotta keep working," "Come on, fight!"

On his media day, Mayweather delivered 1,000 punches to a heavy bag in 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

This is why the sentiment is to say Mayweather wins a unanimous decision Saturday, assessing Mosley can't keep up and won't be able to land hurtful blows. Let's be honest. We'll probably know in the early rounds whether Mosley, at 38, can do what so many others have failed to accomplish and apply pressure and hurt Mayweather.

If he can't early, then why should we expect Mosley will get to Mayweather late, when fatigue becomes the issue.

"They'll say he's too old," Mayweather said recently, in speculating how the masses will respond should he defeat the well-regarded Mosley who dominated Antonio Margarito in his January 2009 bout at Staples Center. "I fight with finesse, it's called boxing. It's what I do, and nobody does it better. I know I can beat [Mosley]; slow [Miguel] Cotto beat him."

--Lance Pugmire 

Photo: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images.