A major fight in the world of boxing between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Shane Mosley is rumored to be in the works for May 1st according to the fanhouse.com site.
Why is this news for MMA fans? May 1st is also the scheduled date for UFC 113, meaning we could be headed for another Boxing Vs MMA Pay Per View showdown.
Mayweather Jr. has of course already gone head-to-head with the UFC in September of last year, when his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez aired on the same day as UFC 103, headlined by Rich Franklin Vs Vitor Belfort.
Estimates suggest that the UFC event did around 375,000 buys – about what had been expected from a card that was lacking in star power. On the other hand the boxing PPV exceeded some people’s expectations by drawing over 1 million buys.
It was a clear win for boxing, though many people have since pointed out that the UFC is able to claim solid PPV ratings all-year round compared to boxing, and had achieved a record 1.7 million buys for their UFC 100 event just two months earlier.
Only a few months on it appears the two sports are about to lock horns again, and this time the stakes are raised.
While Mayweather Jr Vs Manny Pacquiao is the fight everyone wants to see, Mayweather Vs Mosley is also big business. At the same time, the UFC are finally getting over their injury crisis, and UFC 113 is set to be a stacked event compared to recent offerings.
For instance, the May 1st event, which will take place in Montreal, Canada, is expected to see Lyoto Machida Vs Shogun Rua battle for the light-heavyweight title in an eagerly awaited rematch.
Furthermore, a much hyped showdown between The Ultimate Fighter 10 coaches Quinton Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans may also feature.
Rumors have also circulated in recent days that backyard brawler turned MMA fighter Kimbo Slice, who broke Spike TV’s viewing records when he appeared on TUF 10 last year, is being considered for the card to fight Matt Mitrione.
On paper it’s an event that has far more star power than last year’s UFC 103 event, and may have the potential to break the million PPV buys barrier. If the two sports do collide again, then this time the playing field will be more evenly balanced.
At present the Mayweather – Mosley fight remains to be officially confirmed, but with Mosley’s upcoming fight with Andre Berto today being called off due to a number of Berto’s family being killed in the Haiti earthquake, it appears that there is a genuine opportunity for the bout to take place.
Personally I hope it doesn’t happen. While it’s easy to categorize people as either boxing fans, or mma fans, there are many, myself included, who enjoy both. With two major events like this on the same night we are the one’s who end up losing out by having to choose between them.
UFC 113 (rumored card – many of these bouts are still to be officially confirmed):
- Lyoto Machida Vs Mauricio Shogun Rua (LHW Title Fight)
- Quinton Rampage Jackson Vs Rashad Evans
- Josh Koscheck Vs Paul Daley
- Patrick Cote Vs Alan Belcher
- Kimbo Slice Vs Matt Mitrione
- Jeremy Stephens Vs Sam Stout
- Jonathon Goulet Vs Marcus Davis
- TJ Grant Vs Johny Hendricks