So now it isn't Freddie Roach who is faced with the task of helping his fighter overcome the brilliance of Floyd Mayweather, it's Nazim Richardson, another superb and highly regarded trainer. I don't doubt that he and Mosley are going to come out with some very strong tactics to try to topple Mayweather but I'm really not sure what they will be. However as with Manny Pacquiao I do think there are some things Mosley would do well to remember if he wants to win this fight.
Work the body- Perhaps this seems obvious but I don't think that the importance of this can be too overstated. The only person to ever really bother Mayweather was Castillo and he went to the body like mad. Mosley is clearly a very different boxer from castillo but ever since his days at lightweight he has shown that he can body punch well enough to change the outcome of the fight, with a boxer as hard to hit cleanly as Floyd is, he will need this not just to wear him down but possibly also to be seen to be outworking Mayweather.
Establish the jab- Mosley never used to be much of a jabber, in his first fight with De La Hoya he barely threw any, but in his most recent matchup he showed a nice stiff jab that worked well in keeping Margarito at bay. When De La Hoya fought Mayweather he was most effective in the first half of the fight when he used his strong jab to try to keep Mayweather off balance as much as possible. If Mosley wants to be able to set up clean shots to the head then he needs to be very disciplined with those jabs and throw a considerably large amount of them.If he does this then Mayweather will be unsettled and easier to hit.
Adversity- This is a slightly vague area which has been mentioned a few times by posters on here; how will Mayweather react to actually being hit cleanly by a power shot? After all, times when this has happened have been few and far between and Mosley hits pretty hard and with very good accuracy. We can't tell but I wouldn't be totally surprised if Mayweather falls apart a bit when he gets hit flush a few times. What would happen next? Maybe he becomes even more defensive, maybe he actually gets into a war. I'm not saying that he will struggle mentally with adversity which he is unaccustomed to, but it is a possibility.
Speed- Just don't try to be faster than him, it isn't going to work. In your prime, maybe, but not now. It's not even that he's that much faster than you but his reactions still look great while yours have faded a bit and he was faster regardless of this. Mosley needs to go in with the intent of setting up powershots not trying the Judah approach of throwing Mayweather off by beating him to the punch. That was a good plan, but Mosley simply doesn't have the speed to do that.
As with last time these are just the basics which i think he should follow and as far as a prediction is concerned; I have no idea!
What are your thoughts and ideas concerning the tactics and outcome of the fight?