It’s no joke, but the same family who loathed Manny Pacquiao is picking him to beat Sugar Shane Mosley for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines).
Floyd Sr. said that Mosley, 39, should be in the same condition as when he fought Antonio
Margarito two years ago in order to beat the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter.
“If he trained good enough and hard enough to perform like he did with Margarito in the ring that particular night, then he’s got a chance,” said Floyd Sr, who acknowledges Mosley had shown some age especially in his 12-round unanimous decision loss to Floyd Jr. last year.
Roger, a former two-time world champion, said that Mosley’s chance of pulling off an upset rests solely on the fight plan laid out for him by trainer Nazeem Richardson.
“He’ll still make it a better fight. It doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t win as a 40-year-old,” said Roger, who trains Floyd Jr., inactive for over a year now since his 2010 encounter with Mosley.
“It’s a matter of how you attack Pacquiao and that’s the difference.”
That the Mayweather brothers are on the side of Pacquiao in this rare moment definitely comes as a big surprise.
Along with his son, Floyd Jr., the Mayweathers have criticized Pacquiao in the past owing to two failed bids at arranging a fight with the younger Mayweather.
Disagreement in the drug testing procedures to be administered for both Pacquiao and Floyd Jr. led to the indefinite shelving of the mammoth promotional fight.
This eventually led to accusations by the Mayweathers that the Filipino boxing superstar is using performance-enhancing drugs.
Roger, however, is for the materialization of the match.
“We’ll see who’s the best fighter in the world, that’s the only way you would know,” he said of the fight that many anticipate would go down as the biggest in the history of boxing.
Roger, who admits not having watched any Pacquiao fights in his entire life, said the monetary consideration expected to be gained from pitting two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world should not be put aside.
“There’s enough money on the table. It’s a lot of money, so it should happen,” he explained. – JVP, GMA News
(WBO Welterweight Championship)
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. 122 – Jorge Arce 122
(WBO Super Bantamweight Title)
Kelly Pavlik 170 – Alfonso Lopez 169
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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Pacquiao’s opponent “Sugar” Shane Mosley arrived at the MGM Hotel and Casino aboard his own decorated bus.
“I work very hard, I’m sure Manny worked hard and I’m expecting to have a great fight,” he said.
Mosley admitted that he still needs to shed a few pounds before the weigh-in on Friday and meet the required weight for the welterweight division.
“My weight is good right now, I’m around the weight. I just need to cut a couple of pounds, but I’m good, and I’ll be good for the weigh-in on Friday,” he said.
Meanwhile, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum confirmed that Hollywood and sports superstars and notable personalities, are expected to be in attendance to watch the Pacquiao-Mosley live at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“You cannot believe the number of people coming from Hollywood, the number of big business tycoons who will be in. It will be a star-studded audience,” Arum said.
It has been two years since Las Vegas played host to a Pacquiao fight, and with Manny’s fight against Shane Mosley on Saturday night, Las Vegas is expected to be filled with another exciting event that will leave an impression in the world of boxing.
World boxing superstar and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquaio is the country’s richest congressman with over P1 billion of declared wealth, an administrative officer of the House of Representatives said Wednesday.
Lawyer Ricardo Bering of the chamber’s Records Management Service said that based on an initial assessment of last year’s statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) submitted by lawmakers, Pacquiao topped the wealthiest House members in the 15th Congress.
“Congressman Pacquiao is the richest. He declared more than a billion pesos net worth,” he told reporters Wednesday.
ESPN Magazine pegged Pacquiao’s total earnings from boxing matches to $32 million (almost P1.3 billion) last year.
The Filipino boxing icon is set to face off with American boxer Sugar Shane Mosley in a World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title match on Sunday.
In 2010, former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, wife of Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., was the richest House member, with total declared wealth of P98.12 million. — Andreo C. Calonzo/KBK, GMA News
LAS VEGAS (AP) – It was 10 years ago this summer and Oscar De La Hoya was the big attraction, as he often was on Saturday nights in this gambling town.
Manny Pacquiao had taken the fight on two weeks’ notice. His chances of beating rising star Lehlohonolo Ledwaba were considered so slim that oddsmakers refused to even put a line up on it.
Pacquiao would give Ledwaba such a beating that the fight didn’t last six rounds. Then he was gone, leaving the arena like the other undercard fighters to clear the way for the main event.
Those who watched that night saw promise, sure. But no one in the arena would have believed what was to come.
A decade later, Pacquiao is the star, fighting Saturday night in the same ring where he had his coming out party. He’ll make a minimum of $20 million to take on Shane Mosley in a bout that should only further cement his place among the great fighters of his time.
And he’ll do it wearing yellow gloves, because there are fights that are bigger than those taking place in the ring.
“All my life I’ve had to fight. As a child, I had to fight just to eat,” Pacquiao said. “The biggest fight in my life is not in boxing. The biggest fight in my life is how to end poverty in my country.“
The yellow gloves to promote unity against poverty aren’t just a symbolic gesture. Neither was getting elected to congress in the Philippines.
Pacquiao is celebrated like no other Filipino athlete. But his legacy may one day be more important for what he does outside the ring.
He hands out money to strangers for the asking. He bought land recently to build subsidized housing for the homeless. And he went directly to Philippine president Benigno Aquino III to ask for $5 million for a badly needed hospital in his Sarangani Province.
He got it, because no one other than Floyd Mayweather Jr. has ever said no to Manny Pacquiao.
“I’ve said it many times,” promoter Bob Arum said. “The Philippines has a social safety net and they call it Manny Pacquiao.“
Boxing, of course, is Pacquiao’s day job, and it’s one he’s excelled at in recent years. He gave De La Hoya such a beating a few years back that he sent him into retirement, and he’s put on a string of sensational performances against some of the biggest names around.
The only name missing is Mayweather, though Pacquiao seems tired of the topic. Mayweather hasn’t fought in a year and shows little interest of getting in the ring with Pacquiao in what could be boxing’s richest fight ever.
“I’m the kind of person who doesn’t want to talk about someone behind his back,” Pacquiao said. “He did his best in boxing. He contributed to the history of boxing. Let’s talk about the fight on Saturday.”
The problem is, you can’t talk about Saturday’s fight without talking about Mayweather. Part of the reason for that is that Mayweather dominated Mosley in winning a decision last May and Pacquiao’s performance against the same foe will be used as a measurement for who would hold the upper hand should the two eventually meet.
Assuming they ever meet, that is. Mayweather has legal issues and he also seems to have issues with the fact there’s a fighter out there would have a legitimate chance of handing him his first professional defeat.
“If he (Mayweather) doesn’t participate in an event pretty soon he’s going to become totally irrelevant,” Arum said.
Right now, though, Pacquiao is just thinking about Mosley, who may give him a better fight than most boxing fans expect. Yes, he’s 39 in a young man’s sport and, yes, he looked bad in his last two fights. But Mosley still has the speed to match up with Pacquiao and he’s never been knocked out in his career.
Pacquiao warned at Wednesday’s final prefight press conference that Mosley is dangerous. But he didn’t seem especially fearful as the two boxers posed chin-to-chin for photographers and Pacquiao tried unsuccessfully to stop from bursting out laughing.
When they finished, Pacquiao walked over to the edge of the stage in the showroom at the MGM, leaned over and shook hands with Mosley’s father, Jack, and several other friends and family members. In his suit he looked more politician than fighter, someone pressing the flesh for their votes rather than preparing to beat up on their guy.
He’s done remarkable things as a fighter since making his debut here a decade ago, made more money than he ever thought imaginable. The best thing about Pacquiao, though, may be how he’s grown in stature as a man.
source: The Associated Press
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Los Angeles, California — Superstar Manny Pacquiao (ctr) makes a special appearance at a packed Ron Robinson/Fred Segal on Melrose store in Los Angeles Saturday.
Pacquiao is in town making final preparations for his upcoming World Welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.(May 8 in Manila) Pacquiao vs Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions,Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions,Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay Per View.
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The uncle of undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes the bigger fight between his nephew and superstar Manny Pacquiao will push through if the Filipino dynamo succeeds in knocking out “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
“If he does knock him out, that’s good because it’s good business for the fight because the fight becomes even bigger between Manny and Floyd,” said Mayweather, who fought as a boxing pro in the 1990s.
Earlier, Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, predicted that his prized fighter will be the first boxer to beat Mosley by stoppage.
“I’d say he’ll stop him in six, seven rounds,” the esteemed coach said.
Mayweather, however, believes that Pacquiao will have a hard time doing this against the 39-year-old Mosley.
“He’s (Mosley) been durable his entire career and I don’t think that he’s completely done,” said Mayweather.
He said Mosley has faced guys bigger and stronger than Manny, and all of them failed to stop the American boxer.
“I’m not a Manny hater or anything like that, but I just don’t see Manny knocking Shane out. If he does, more power to him,” said Mayweather.
The closest Mosley got to a knockout loss was when he was knocked down twice by a bigger Vernon Forrest in 2002.
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