Mosley's Former Promoter Picks Him To Shock Pacquiao

By Michael Marley

Diogenes, he and his crusty, flickering lamp, trudged from street to street, from byway to back alley to broad avenues in ancient Athens in his perpetual search for the truly honest man.

I don't know, frankly, that Diogenes ever met a truthteller in his quest but my own personal search as to the Sugar Shane Mosley-Manny Pacquiao welterweight title bout May 7 at the MGM Grand Hotel ended on 8 East at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan late Friday afternoon.

There, recovering from a serious pair of spinal and back surgeries but with an unflagging spirit, I encountered the solitary man of boxing, the only fistic figure I know of who actually picks 39 year old underdog Mosley to shock Pacquiao and the world.

His name is Cedric Kushner and, as a former promoter of Mosley's, he has great intimacy with his subject.

"I could say that, yes absolutely, Shane has a chance to win," the head of Gotham Boxing said as he pounded down a Diet Coke sans his usual Rose's Lime Juice.

(Kushner's medical rehab is moving ahead with vigor and he's sniffing the flowers thoughtful old pal and fight promoter Kathy Duva sent up.)

"But I will go further than that. I'm picking Shane to win this fight. He's been one of the great fighters of his generation and he retains his power. I also think that this might be the time, might be the fight where as great as Manny is and has been, he's going to be impacted negatively from fighting a bigger man," the mustachioed South African native said.

"On the other hand, you ask me if Pacquiao can stop Shane? I'd say that Manny can stop anybody but Shane takes a helluva rap, he's always had a solid chin. Sure, Manny is more than capable of hurting Shane but the opposite is also true.

"I don't wish to speak in riddles so I'll make it plain. I am picking Shane to win this fight over Pacman." Kushner said.

A young Mosley, along with his trainer father Jack, hooked up with Kushner when the Pomona, Ca., fighter was already a 16-0 lightweight.

The 60 year old Kushner said LA boxing man Tom Loeffler, now running the American side of the K2 promotional group for the Klitschko Brothers, brought him together with Sugar Shane and Captain Jack.

"I promoted Kevin Kelley, who Tom managed, and he was peripherally involved with the Mosleys. Jack and Shane flew to New York, we made a deal and I got Shane three solid tune up type bouts. Then, as I promised them, I got him an IBF title shot against Phillip Holliday of South Africa. Shane got his first world title and we were rolling along."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by educator06 on 04-30-2011

[QUOTE=doninlouisiana;10458600]If Pac does knock him out, will you stop spouting that BS and admit that he IS INDEED GOOD ENOUGH TO DO THAT???????[/QUOTE] dont worry....pac will not ko shane.....just aint gonna happen.

Comment by doninlouisiana on 04-30-2011

[QUOTE=boxingfan76;10458325]pac is just a brawler who gets matched with weaker opp quit trying to make him a scientist he has weaknesses hes just a fast strong little brwler, hell never be a complete fighter the way sugar ray robinson was…

Comment by JoeDaWg on 04-30-2011

Pac is gonna **** shane up, he's just not on that level anymore. I would have loved to see how a prime shane would have done against floyd and manny but hey it is what it is. Sometimes ur just…

Comment by boxingfan76 on 04-30-2011

[QUOTE=scirasco1;10457898]the angles pac will give him will **** shane up also the footwork and mosley is not a thinking fighter he is a instinct fighter the angles and combos will be too much!!!![/QUOTE] pac is just a brawler who gets…

Comment by mrko2u09 on 04-30-2011

[QUOTE=Vegasdealer;10455992]Haha..look at you'll pacman haters why don't you put you're money where you're mouth is.....I know I have my money on the pacman ....and ill be thinking of all you haters on my way to the strip[/QUOTE] I would…

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