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Mandatory Eight Count - Mayweather setting up a Pacquiao fight; Pacquiao setting up an election fight

Tua1_300x20079753_mediumFloyd Mayweather apparently snubs Shane Mosley | Daily Record

Floyd seemed to write off Mosley as an opponent, stating that "I guess now he's 38 he thinks he can make huge money with me. But I wish Shane nothing but the best."  No big surprises here.  Floyd will try building something up with a few different guys over the course of the next couple months, but even he probably won't know is next move until after Pacquiao-Cotto.

Manny Pacquiao, Environmentalist | Minda News

Manny Pacquiao still seems to be looking for a way into the political arena.  There's a coal-fired power plant that's being proposed near General Santos City, and Pacquiao is taking a stand against it, saying he doesn't want the local air to get polluted.  In his editorial opposing the project, he also announced that he still plans to run for office in that congressional district. 

Morel vs. Gorres and Montiel vs. Penalosa mandated | Boxingscene

The WBO has officially ordered that Eric Morel face Z Gorres in a bantamweight eliminator.  The fight will likely be on the Pacquiao-Cotto undercard.  While a great undercard was promised, and there are some fairly even fights, on paper they don't look like the most exciting fights in the world.  In addition, beltholder Fernando Montiel was ordered to face Gerry Penalosa.  I have no idea how he became the mandatory coming off a lopsided loss to Juan Manuel Lopez, and considering how much punishment Penalosa has taken over the course of his career (together with the fact that he has a good career as a trainer ahead of him), I really hope he retires after this one, win or lose. 

Respect still at an all-time high for Bernard Dunne | Irish Central

Dunne may have been knocked out last weekend, but after his heartfelt speech, and after putting on a great show, respect for him is still at an all-time high.  Here's to hoping he can stay near an elite level, as he's an extremely fun fighter to watch. 

Buildup for Tua-Cameron | TVNZ

David Tua vs. Shane Cameron is already being dubbed "The Fight of the Century" in New Zealand.  Reportedly, Tua's in as good of shape as he's been in over a decade, and expects to weigh in around the low 230's.  He also reportedly sent sparring partner Chauncey Welliver to the hospital after a big session.  The fight will be available as an online pay per view.   

Ndlovu defeats Kiko Martinez | Daily Dispatch

Takalani Ndlovu earned his second title shot, this one to come against Celestino Caballero, by defeating Kiko Martinez via unanimous decision.  Ndlovu was knocked down in the first round, but came forward to win by landing the more telling blows throughout.  This is the second best win of his career, as he also beat Ricardo Castillo to earn his first title shot.  He shouldn't be too much of a threat to Caballero, as he's been defeated whenever he's really stepped up, losing to Steve Molitor and Fernando Beltran. 

Arthur Abraham Open Camp | Fightnews

Arthur Abraham is busy training to fight Jermain Taylor, who he seems to respect, but who he is confident he can defeat.  Funny tidbit came out of this though - evidently, Abraham has a number of pets, all of whom are named after Mike Tyson.  Both Abraham and Mikkel Kessler have given credit to Tyson for getting them interested in the sport. 

Q&A with George Tahdooahnippah | 15 Rounds

"Comanche Boy" has become a local attraction in Oklahoma, where he's build up a shiny record beating cans.  He's fighting on the Allan Green undercard, and considering the types of opponents Green has been facing, it probably means Green will try facing the undefeated middleweight (and former sparring partner) next.  I for one would love to see him televised, in part because there hasn't been a prominent fighter who's really had his Native American heritage on display for a long time, and in part because he walks out in full Comanche gear and does a war dance when he wins.  

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