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19 NOVEMBER 2018

Where am I? Home Columns Paul Upham

Shane Mosley wants Cotto, Pacquiao or Hatton Next

Mosley rocks Margarito:
Mosley rocks Margarito:

By Paul Upham in Sydney: After his sensational January 24 knockout win over Antonio Margarito, don’t expect to see Sugar Shane Mosley getting back into the ring too quickly. The WBA welterweight boxing world champion wants only to fight the best opposition out there, even if that means waiting until near the end of 2009.

“I am actually waiting to see what happens with Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, also Miguel Cotto as well,” Mosley told SecondsOut. “We are trying to negotiate one of those three. Those are the three and probably in November sometime, I will be getting another fight. I want to get in there with the top guys and those are the top guys right now. I know the world and the fans will love to see those types of fights.”

Pound for pound No.1 Manny Pacquiao faces junior welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton on May 2 in Las Vegas, USA. Like most observers, Mosley finds it difficult to predict a clear winner.

“I really couldn’t tell you who is going to win that fight,” he said. “You have Pacquiao that beat Oscar De La Hoya, when Oscar wasn’t himself and I think Hatton is going to be a true 140lbs fighter. He is going to go in the ring at about 155lbs, real heavy. It is going to be an interesting fight. I hope Pacquiao wins because I want to fight him, but I am not too sure he is going to win because I like Hatton to. It is just a great fight. It is a great match-up. Hatton is coming with the pressure. He is going to throw a lot of punches. He is going to be actually bigger than Pacquiao this time. We will see Pacquiao move and box a little bit.”

A rematch with Miguel Cotto is also a high priority on Mosley’s to-do list, mainly because he still believes he won their first fight at Madison Square Garden, New York in November 2007, which Cotto edged on points.

“That is the reason why I should have fought a rematch with Cotto right away,” Mosley explained, “because there was unfinished business. But he chose not to for obvious reasons. I kind of gave Antonio Margarito the blueprint on how to beat Cotto. The last four rounds Cotto was running around the ring trying to get out of there because I was hurting him. Margarito basically did the same thing just trying to hurt him and he got the knock out of Cotto. Margarito really beat him down. Margarito got the last two rounds in, knocked him down, wore him down and hit him with body shots and got the knockout.”

The other possible opponent for Mosley, who he has always wanted to face, is the currently retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. While there is hope the undefeated 32 year-old will return to active boxing some time in 2009, Mosley does believe it will be for a fight with him.

“I saw Floyd a couple of weeks before I came out here (to Australia),” said Mosley. “He doesn’t really have any interest in fighting me. I think he is going to come back to try and fight Juan Manuel Marquez. I think that is the fight that they are looking at.”

Looking back at his nine round knockout win over Margarito at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Mosley says he received a lot of satisfaction from proving his critics wrong, many of them who had told him that he was crazy to face the red-hot Mexican.

“This is the fight that I have always wanted,” Mosley said. “I wanted to let the critics and the whole world know that I am still the best fighter. I am a legendary fighter and I am the best fighter and welterweight out there. If Manny Pacquiao is the best pound for pound, then I want to go after him. Whoever is the best, I want to let the world know that I am the best. I am not going anywhere until they recognise that.

“The win over Margarito gave me a lot of happiness. I told people and all the writers what I was going to do. They didn’t believe me. They looked at me and said, ‘we know what you have accomplished, but it is not going to happen’. And it happened. Every single round, everything that I wanted to do, happened. After one round, Nazim Richardson, who was my trainer for that fight, he just said, ‘you are amazing’. Everything that we had worked on, it just worked to plan.

“I am the type of boxer who can either box you or I can go to you and punch. It doesn’t matter which way you go, I just train for that particular style. Margarito is the type of guy who is coming at you all the time. I grew up in an area where I fought most of the Mexicans, so that type of style didn’t confuse me at all. I loved it. I wanted him to come to me. With Cotto, you are talking about a different type of style where he was on his heels all the time, where Margarito was coming to me. I was trying to put him on his heels and get the knockout.”

The win over Margarito came after many had written 37 year-old Mosley off as being too old to continue to compete at the highest level. But like his friend and business partner Bernard Hopkins, who at 44 also continues to defy father time, Mosley tapped into a new fountain of youth. One important trait shared by Hopkins and Mosley is that never get out of shape.

“That’s the key,” agreed Mosley. “When you are a young kid coming up in boxing, after a fight you are right back in the gym. It seems like when you become world champion and you get that status that fighters tend to slacken off a little bit. They tend not to go to the gym as much until it is time to fight. That’s the problem - when they get old quicker. That is the key. Get back in the gym and train. Do what you are supposed to do as far as your sport is concerned.

“The good thing about me is that I always keep myself in shape. I always stay in the gym and train. When I get back to America in April, I will go to the gym and train. Just work out and spar with some of the local kids. When they say ‘you’ll fight’, I like to take at least 10 weeks for training. For me, it is really mental training, because I am already in shape, to focus on whoever I am fighting. Break them down and dissect them. Train for just that fighter.”
As an older boxer, Mosley admits he has modified his style to suit his age.

“I strategise a little more,” he said. “I pinpoint my shots a little better. I don’t waste energy just throwing radical shots everywhere. As a young guy, I didn’t care about throwing one thousand punches, as long as I got the knockout. Now, I kind of pace myself, touch him here a couple of times, touch him there. I am going to trick him into something and get the knockout.”

As long as he is still competing, Mosley only has one goal in mind. To regain the status of being the best boxer in the world pound for pound, a crown he first held in 2001.

“I want to fight the best guy out there,” he said, “so when I win, people say, ‘he really is the best.’”

Paul Upham
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