By Clive Bernath: Shane Mosley may be pushing 40 years old and rapidly approaching his boxing sell by date but pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao has prepared to face a peak ‘Sugar Shane’ and is excited and fully motivated about facing the future Hall of Famer at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 7.
The 32 year-old Filipino southpaw is a heavy favourite with the Las Vegas bookies but ‘Pacman’ has the utmost respect for his opponent and is expecting a tough and exciting fight.
“Shane Mosley is still very strong and he moves more like he’s 30 years old,” said Pacquiao “He’s the kind of fighter who is bigger than me. Pound-for-pound he’s still good.”
“This fight is bigger than the Margarito (Antonio) fight because Mosley moves fast and he has good speed and power. That’s what I want. He throws a lot of punches. It will be good for us and it will be a good fight.”
When asked what excited him the most about defending his WBO welterweight crown against Shane Mosley, Pacquiao said: “I’m excited for this fight because Mosley can throw a lot of punches and he wants to fight toe-to-toe. Mosley, he’s a former pound-for-pound champion and he’s a good fighter, and a comeback fighter also.”
Pacquiao added: “We studied hard for this training camp and we applied different techniques and different styles in the ring. We’re ready to fight and I can adjust right away in the ring to whatever his style is.”
After 18 years as a professional boxer and an impressive 46-6-1-(39), record, the 39 year-old from Pomona, California has never been stopped. Does Manny believe he can be the first man to do so?
“We’re not focused for the knockout,” insists pacquiao. “All we do is work hard and if the knockout comes, it comes. We’ve prepared ourselves for fighting 12 rounds. If the knockouts come, they come. What matters is the fight that we can give to the people and the fans. I want them to be happy and excited about our performance.”
After winning world titles in eight weight divisions and amassing a multi million dollar fortune, what motivates a man like Manny Pacquiao to continue boxing?
“I’m just excited to get back in the ring and train hard for this fight,” said Pacquiao. “I’m just ready to give my best. After the Margarito fight I rested and didn’t train in the gym. I focused on my job and that’s why I’m hungry and ready to train hard and focus on the fight. I was hungry, excited and motivated to train hard because I missed boxing.
“I’m motivated by my family and the boxing fans. I always motivated myself because this is my job and I have to train hard and work hard. I love to work hard. I’m always excited to train hard. I’m always motivated to train hard.”
Regardless of what happens in the ring on May 7, win, lose or draw Shane Mosley is a lock in for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. And the fact that pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao has prepared so diligently is testament that Mosley has proved to be one of the most gifted and dangerous boxer/punchers of his generation.
April 28, 2011