Yes, we all want Manny Pacquiao to fight Floyd Mayweather, and the fact that it hasn’t happened yet is an embarrassment to the sport of boxing and the seven fans of the sport that remain.  However, Pacquiao will step in the ring with another one of the sport’s big names, Shane Mosley, this Saturday.  The 39 year old Mosley, who lost to Mayweather in a unanimous decision last May, may not be the most glamorous or most intriguing matchup for boxing fans.  Pacquiao is a massive -600 moneyline favorite, which is an enormous number (you would have to bet $600 to win $100).  One aspect of the fight that might convince more fans to watch though, is the presence of one Gus Johnson as the fight’s play by play man.  Gus will be working with Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver on the call of the fight.  Here’s a quote from Gus during a conference call from BoxingNews24

The two guys are in there and at the top of their game and taking risks. Everybody knows it and everybody can see it and feel it. And that’s what makes boxing so special; the anticipation and not only the anticipation but of the actual moment coming together for these two men who are in the ring. There’s nothing like a championship fight like James Brown said. As far as Pacquiao-Mosley, I’ve got to pinch myself to realize that I’m working this fight. I have a lot of friends and people who come up to me and say, ‘Hey, are you going to watch the Pacquiao-Mosley fight?’ I have to chuckle and say, ‘No, I’m not going to only watch it, but I’m going to call it.’ So I’m just so happy to be a part of this event.”

Gus may not be the superstar announcing boxing like he is doing the NCAA Tournament or the NFL, but it may be a reason for some folks to tune in to a fairly predictable fight.  If Pacquiao dominates Mosley the way most fans believe, it’ll take all of Gus’ hyper-enthusiasm to make the fight exciting.  

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