For Shame
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Feb 13, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Shane Mosley
Let me make this clear; I understand why Shane Mosley is getting the assignment of facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto undercard, May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He's a recognizable name to the general public and even in his currently depleted state, he is much more valuable than the likes of Delvin Rodriguez, Austin Trout and Cornelius Bundrage. As I tweeted, the casual fan’s reaction is, “Oh, hey, Shane Mosley is on this card!” The hardcore fan is more along the lines of, “UGH… Shane Mosley is on the show?!”
Golden Boy Promotions has every right to do this. But like much of the public, I have every right to not like it.
I mean, this is almost as if GBP said, “OK, we'll see your Tim Bradley-Joel Casamayor and raise you Alvarez-Mosley.” Now it looks like Peter Quillin will be matched with Winky Wright. Yeah, if there was ever a card that needed a “Hot Tub Time Machine,” this is it. Based on the reaction I've seen on Twitter, it proves my theory that while the general public only cares about the main event of a pay-per-view card, the hardcore followers are the only ones that truly care about the undercard. And I've said before, 98 percent of your sales (if not more) are predicated on the main event. You could put Terry Norris on against Simon Brown in a rubbermatch (not to give them any ideas) and this show will not suffer financially. For all the outrage and talk of boycotting this show because of this undercard, Mayweather and Cotto are brands that sell, regardless.
But the issue here is how, in the past, Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya have pointed fingers at Bob Arum for his cards (justifiably so in certain cases) and how they are doing things a different way for the betterment of boxing. Just look up some of the past comments from Oscar (his Twitter feed is a hoot) [Editor’s note: I wouldn’t know. I’ve been blocked] on Mosley before he faced Manny Pacquiao last year. Basically, Oscar said Mosley was a shot fighter (which, of course, was preceded by Arum thrashing Mosley for his putrid outing against Sergio Mora prior to tabbing him to face the “Pac-Man” last year. I mean, the back-and-forthing on Mosley between these two factions is like a tennis match where each side is taking shots at the “Sugarman” like a Penn).
In the past, Arum gave us such farces as Butterbean and Mia St. John and shoved Yuri Foreman down everyone's throats. Now, Golden Boy is giving us Senior League Boxing. I wonder; what would De La Hoya tweet if Mosley were paired with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. instead of “Canelo”? 
It'll be interesting to see what Top Rank does for its June 9th card, given that while I think Tim Bradley is a real fight for Manny Pacquiao, there is still a bit of an exposure gap for the “Desert Storm.” I think it would behoove them to put on a representative undercard for whoever might be on the fence in purchasing this show. Whatever fights they do put on, I think Golden Boy would be best not to throw any Everlasts in their direction.
What do they say about living in glass houses?
I'm not saying what they're doing is any worse but it's clear; it's not really any better either.

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