What To Watch: May 2010

May brings us a lot of intriguing fights, including the biggest fight to date this year: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley. Read on for a schedule of fights this month that you should keep your eye on, as well as our staff picks for which fight is can’t-miss matchup.

May 1

Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Shane Mosley – HBO PPV
Saul Alvarez vs. Jose Miguel Cotto – HBO PPV
Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Cornelius Lock – HBO PPV
Hector David Saldivia vs. Said Ouali – HBO PPV

Marco Huck vs. Brian Minto

Tomas Rojas vs. Jean Piero Perez – Fox Sports Net
Jose Pinzon vs. Jaime Barboza – Fox Sports Net

May 6

Jean Marc Mormeck vs. Fres Oquendo

May 7

Antonio Escalante vs. Carlos Ricardo Rodriguez – ESPN2
Seth Mitchell vs. Johnnie White – ESPN2

Hector Camacho Jr. vs. Denny Dalton

Byron Mitchell vs. Otis Griffin
Michael Grant vs. Kevin Burnett

May 8

Paul Williams vs. Kermit Cintron – HBO

Antonio Margarito vs. Roberto Garcia – Top Rank PPV
Jorge Solis vs. Mario Santiago – Top Rank PPV
Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon – Top Rank PPV

Nobuo Nashiro vs. Hugo Fidel Cazares

May 14

Julio Diaz vs. Herman Ngoudjo – ESPN2
Dominic Salcido vs. Guillermo Sanchez – ESPN2

Sergiy Dzinziruk vs. Sherzod Husanov – Showtime

May 15

Amir Khan vs. Paulie Malignaggi – HBO
Victor Ortiz vs. Nate Campbell – HBO

Humberto Soto vs. Ricardo Dominguez – Fox Sports Net

Michael Katsidis vs. Kevin Mitchell – SKY
Danny Williams vs. Sam Sexton – SKY

Cristobal Cruz vs. Orlando Salido

Giacobbe Fragomeni vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk

May 20

Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym vs. Shoji Kimura

May 21

Ji Hoon Kim vs. Ameth Diaz – ESPN2
Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Frankie Figueroa – ESPN2

May 22

Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez – Showtime
Yohnny Perez vs. Abner Mares – Showtime

Ruslan Chagaev vs. Kali Meehan

Chris John vs. Fernando Saucedo

Peter Manfredo vs. Angel Hernandez

May 28

Sakio Bika vs. Jesse Brinkley – ESPN2
Eric Lucas vs. Librado Andrade – ESPN2

May 29

Jesus Soto Karass vs. Marvin Cordova Jr. – Fox Sports Net

Vitali Klitschko vs. Albert Sosnowski – Integrated Sports PPV

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. vs. Zolt Bedak – Integrated Sports PPV
Roman Martinez vs. Gonzalo Mungia – Integrated Sports PPV

DeMarcus Corley vs. Jermaine White
Kassim Ouma vs. Keith Holmes

Staff Picks: Fight To Watch

Paul’s Pick: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley
May 1 on HBO PPV

This is the most important bout of the year so far and will probably stay the most important unless Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao can work out their differences. I’m not of the belief that this will be a walk in the park for Mayweather, so I’m expecting a real tight battle between two of the modern day masters. The art of boxing will be on full display and, while casual fans may balk at the lack of heated exchanges and gory brutality, the true fans will have a lot to appreciate. An obvious choice.

Trent’s Pick: Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez
May 22 on Showtime

I’m absolutely looking forward to Mayweather-Mosley and it is undoubtedly the biggest fight in May. But if I could only watch one fight this month, it would be the one with the greatest chance of becoming Fight of the Year. That would be the fourth installment of Israel Vazqeuz vs. Rafael Marquez. Every fight in their trilogy has been award-worthy so there is little reason to expect less this time around. Granted, Vazquez is one fight removed from having eye surgery and looked ring-worn in his return fight, but I think these guys will bring the best out of each other one more time. They have that in-ring chemistry that almost prohibits them from being in a bad fight together. It’s great for boxing fans when we have so many great fights to choose from. Don’t forget about Katsidis-Mitchell either.

Corey’s Pick: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley
May 1 on HBO PPV

May offers some great fights for boxing pundits and casual fans alike, but all can agree that none is bigger than Mayweather-Mosley. It’s a bout that pits two of the top five fighters in the world and two men who have been ranked number one at some point in the decade. The fight has been teased as many as three separate occasions, but patience has paid off and the fight is probably bigger now than it ever would have been before. High class talent will be on display, and expect things to even get rough at times as the two seem to hold a genuine dislike for one another. You couldn’t ask for a better superfight, except, well, Mayweather-Pacquiao.

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