By Ronnie Nathanielsz
World Boxing Council president is among those who were terribly disappointed over the manner in which former three-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley refused to stand and fight against pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in their WBO welterweight title fight in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Sulaiman told the Philippine Daily Inquirer there was “a tremendous disappointment at the MGM Grand Garden Aren after the fight because the fans were expecting what they bought their tickets for: a great fight.”
The WBC president said that what happened proved he was correct in his opinion that Mosley was “going to be an easy target for the great Manny Pacquiao.”
Sulaiman refrained from directly criticizing Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. He said “I don't criticize the promoter if he can make money and the boxing fans buy his advertising. But there should be the general media to call it the way it is, so those that those that pay the money to see fights are aware."
He said that after his devastating loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr and what he described as the “gift of a draw which should have been a loss in his prior fight” against Sergio Mora, Sulaiman stressed “there could be no expectation of a good fight, as I said it from the very beginning.”
In fact Sulaiman said “I changed the channel in the 8th round, as the only thing that Mosley did was run and run at the pace of an almost 40 year old boxer.”
Sulaiman also said that while Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a truly promising young fighter he believes he needs at least another year and a few more good fights before being ready to face a fighter like Pacquiao.
While there are some fans who believe Alvarez should face Pacquiao, the WBC president said it was premature.
He also pointed out that Alvarez who is the WBC super welterweight champion would have a hard time moving down to the welterweight limit while Pacquiao has made it clear he would not move up to 154 pounds to face anybody.