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Mosley-Berto made official for January 30

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.


The press conference to announce the January 30 welterweight title unification (perhaps) between WBA titlist Shane Mosley and WBC titleholder Andre Berto is underway in Las Vegas, meaning that fight is now a 100% good to go, ready to roll, gonna happen without an injury lock, and that is good, good news.

The fight will put the winner in prime position for a huge fight later next year against either Floyd Mayweather Jr. or the Cotto-Pacquiao winner, or even perhaps the Cotto-Pacquiao loser. None of those fights are bad, either. If Berto beats Mosley, he's an undefeated young stud with a huge win on his record and a title belt of some sort. He becomes very attractive at that point. Top Rank has floated the idea that Manny Pacquiao will return on March 13, which could shift some. The original idea for Pacquiao's second 2009 fight was October, too, and it wound up November 14.

The most interesting quote I've seen from the Mosley-Berto presser is courtesy the Twitter page of Yahoo! Sports columnist Kevin Iole, who posted this bit from Berto promoter Lou DiBella: "Margarito was caught for the cheater he is. ... He made Shane look better than he is."

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