For the conspiracy theorists...
In case you guys missed it, both names are now on the contract and the May 1 Mayweather-Mosley showdown is now officially, officially official.
No wrangling about catchweights or drug tests -- both fighters will undergo the same random urine and blood testing that Manny Pacquiao refused to consent to in negotiations with Mayweather earlier this winter.
And, unless Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach is talking trash, whoever wins May 1 can look forward to a gargantuan payday against Pacquiao later this year. That scenario dovetails nicely with the theory some folks have espoused that the fighters had planned all this drama from day one, simply to build the inevitable Mayweather-Pacquaio clash into an even bigger event.
As we discussed last week, the idea is sexy but I'm skeptical.
Most interesting to me about Roach's recent comments is his sudden openness to facing Sugar Shane.
If you didn't see this video in the comments section of a previous post, click here and listen to the 7-minute mark, where Roach explains why negotiations with Mosley broke down.
Let's not confuse things. Telling Mosley to weigh in at 142 is like telling him to fight for 30 percent of the purse, or insisting he enter the ring without a cutman. In other words, it's telling him you don't want the fight.
And I don't blame him.
Mosley, who has always excelled against aggressive fighters, presents a difficult stylistic riddle for a buzzsaw like Pacquiao to solve. Does he attack like he did against Cotto and Hatton, knowing Mosley might blast him? Or does he go against his instincts the the aggressive style he has honed for a lifetime and try to play chess the way Mayweather would?
Tough questions, but a little more reading between the lines tells me Roach isn't planning to answer them.
Roach says a Mosley fight is an option if Sugar Shane defeats Mayweather, then makes clear that he thinks Mosley loses that fight. We'd recognize that as double-talk if it came from Mayweather's camp, so we should do the same when it comes from Pacquiao's trainer.
But thankfully, two big bouts are signed for the spring and soon enough we can all stop imagining how these fights might go down, and start enjoying how they actually unfold.