Oscar The Father Swapper: De La Hoya Contemplates Change With Legacy On The Line

Miami- In what has been a strange twist of events leading up to the mega fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr., it seems that Oscar is considering to bring in one ‘father-trainer’ as opposed to another. News has surfaced recently linking him to the services of Jack Mosley, father of nemesis, turned stablemate, “Sugar” Shane Mosley. This would figure to be a great scenario because although ODH has experience with the Sr. Mayweather, Jack Mosley has employed a strategy that was good enough to defeat ODH in two matchups, and both occassions went nearly flawless. Speculation about ODH using another trainer for this fight started when the Sr. Mayweather publicly demanded $2M and didn’t seem to want to budge in his request. Golden Boy Promtions CEO Richard Schaeffer recently responded by saying that he felt the Sr. Mayweather was employing that strategy to find an “out”. That notion may not be too ‘far-fetched’ as he would be training a pugilist pupil to dethrone his blood son. The possibility of Jack Mosley training Oscar would be a very intriguing tandem. His son, (“Sugar Shane”), is the only boxer to defeat Oscar twice, and the plan they employed is the same one that Floyd Jr. will; Speed, footwork and defense. Having Jack Mosley as a trainer, and Shane as a possible sparring partner would give ODH a winning combination that would probably be too grand to overcome. The much lighter PBF will have to deal with a much stronger ODH as he moves up in weight, and the ‘powerboxing’ that the Mosley’s use could be fatal, as ODH still has a great punch at that level, one that PBF has never tasted the likes of. The yet to be titled showdown should be dubbed “LEGACY”, because everyone involved is on the line. Can PBF cement his legacy by overcoming the pressure and ‘bright lights’ of the Vegas media in route to a victory over perhaps the biggest “gate-draw” since a young Mike Tyson?, or will ODH cement his legacy by defeating boxing’s current P4P Champ as he sits aging in the twilight of his career? There will be two legacies on the line, but only one can be defined. Unfortunately we have another three plus months to wait, but with so many subplots in the mix, grab your popcorn early because the previews have started and the fireworks are closer than one might think.

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.