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Mosley ‘still dangerous’

Written By : JOSEPH PIMENTEL. Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said don’t look at how Sugar Shane Mosley has done in the former champion’s recent two fights-a loss against Floyd
25 Dec 2010 12:00

Written By : JOSEPH PIMENTEL. Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said don’t look at how Sugar Shane Mosley has done in the former champion’s recent two fights-a loss against Floyd Mayweather Junior and a draw against unheralded Sergio Mora.
“He’s still a good dangerous fighter,” said Roach to the Asian Journal after reports came out that Pacquiao chose Mosley as his next opponent.
“It’s going to be a good fight. Mosley looks like he had trouble getting up for his last fight (a draw against Sergio Mora) but that’s what happens when you’re a former title contender but he’ll have no trouble getting up for Manny Pacquiao. Mosley still has a lot of speed and power.”
Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz and promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank have said Mosley would be the best matchup for the Filipino pound-for-pound king and the frontrunner in the Pacquiao sweepstakes but left the decision entirely on the Sarangani Congressman.
ESPN and LA Times have both reported the Filipino champion chose Mosley (46-6-1 39 KOs), a former multi-division champion, as his next opponent on May 7 in a location yet to be determined. The fight will be at welterweight 147 pounds.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“I believe it will be an exciting fight,” Arum told “Shane knows how to fight and how to deal with the speed. Manny is in for a hellacious fight. I really believe styles make fights.”
The 39-year-old Mosley said he knows many people think he’s past his prime but that they’ll be in for a surprise when he steps into the ring with the 32-year-old Pacquiao.
“I know that they think I’m an old man and that Manny is going to beat me,” Mosley said to ESPN. “Let them think that. I still have power and speed. They thought I was done before I knocked out [Antonio] Margarito, too. So they can think whatever they want. I know what I can do.”
Spurning two other suitors-Andre Berto, the undefeated welterweight champion and longtime nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, the lightweight champion-Pacquiao chose an aging but still dangerous opponent, said Roach.
“This is going to be the most difficult fight of the three choices we had because of

Mosley’s speed,” said Roach.
And frankly, Roach didn’t care who they put in front of Pacquiao on May 7.
“I told Bob you get the best opponent for the best deal I don’t care who you put in front of me,” he said. “I’ll get Manny ready.”
Roach said Mosley has asked for a fight against Pacquiao for a long time so there’s no question the former champion will be pumped up for this opportunity.
Roach said he’s already spoken to Pacquiao about preparations for the fight.
The Hall of Fame trainer said they would have a two-month training camp-four weeks in Baguio City, Philippines before spending another four weeks at the Wildcard Boxing Gym in Los Angeles.
Despite fans and many boxing pundits

clamouring for a better match up against Pacquiao, there’s no other opponent out there.
Floyd Mayweather Junior, the undefeated and consensus No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world has several legal problems to deal with before he can set a fight with anyone; Berto is also undefeated but still an unproven fighter and many boxing pundits believe that he doesn’t deserve a shot yet against the Filipino No. 1 champ; Marquez is still dangerous but promotional animosity between Top Rank, which represents Pacquiao, and Golden Boy, who represents Marquez, may have been the reason Pacquiao didn’t choose the Mexican champion.


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