Shane Mosley: ďI know that Iím going to be at my best and donít be shocked if you see Manny Pacquiao on the floorĒ
by Geoffrey Ciani (Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last weekís 119th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former three division champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) who is scheduled to face the reigning Pound-for-Pound King Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 Kos) on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Shane spoke about his upcoming fight and also touched on other aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: It is time for our third guest of this weekís show. He is a former three division champion making his seventh appearance with On the Ropes. Weíre joined by Sugar Shane Mosley. How are you doing today Shane?
SHANE MOSLEY: Iím doing good. Iím feeling really great about a hard workout I had this morning and Iím doing good.
JENNA: Well we definitely like to hear that. Now you have a big fight against Manny Pacquiao coming up on May 7. How have your preparations been going so far?
MOSLEY: Preparations have been going very well. Like I said Iím training hard. Iím very sore and Iím anxious to get in there and have the fight.
JENNA: Alright now who are you sparring with to prepare for someone like Manny Pacquiaoís style?
MOSLEY: I have a lot of different sparring partners that Brother Nazim brings in and that come at me at different times. I mean have ďChop ChopĒ is down there, and Ricardo Williams, and Terrance Cauthen. There are a lot sparring partners.
JENNA: Okay, now when you get into the ring with Manny Pacquiao he will most likely be the fastest fighter youíve ever faced. What are you doing in camp to adjust to someone fighting with his speed?
MOSLEY: Well I donít know if heís going to be the fastest that I fought, but heís going to be very active and heís going to be pretty much the smallest guy I fought in a long time so that will be great.
JENNA: Alright well the boxing bookies have you as a significant underdog in this bout and itís probably the most youíve ever been counted out in any fight youíve had in your career. How do you feel about that going into this one?
MOSLEY: I feel great! I feel great that they doubt me and they feel that way. That only makes the victory that much greater.
JENNA: Okay, well weíre also joined by my Co-Host Geoff.
GEOFFREY CIANI: Hey Shane! Itís a pleasure to have you back on the show.
MOSLEY: Thank you. Thank you for having me.
CIANI: Shane I wanted to ask you, at the time when Pacquiao did what you did and he skipped over the 140 pound weight class to jump from 135 to 147 to have a mega fight with Oscar De La Hoya, before Pacquiao made that jump did you think he had a chance against Oscar?
MOSLEY: Yeah, I did think he had a chance and knowing what Oscar went through to make the weight at 147 and how weak he was, I figured that Pacquiao had a good chance at beating him.
CIANI: Now were you surprised by the way that he beat him at that time when he first made the jump?
MOSLEY: No, not really. It wasnít really that I was surprised. It was more that I had seen what Oscar had to do to get to where he had to go. When he was in the ring, talking to Oscar, he said he had nothing. After two rounds he had nothing. He had seen everything but he just couldnít do anything and that was because he was so weak and I understood that.
CIANI: When we had Ronnie Shields, Emanuel Steward, and a few others on the show, they all mentioned that you matchup much more favorably style-wise against Pacquiao than you did against somebody like Mayweather or even Mora. Do you view that the same way?
MOSLEY: Well Sergio Mora is more of a big guy. Heís really a 160 pounder and I was just a 147 pound guy fighting him. With Mayweather I had some difficulties but I was able to hit him on the chin a couple of times and get him riled up. Stylistically I can probably agree with Ronnie Shields and others.
JENNA: Alright now Shane, some people feel like you look drained in your fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior like having to make the weight of 147 took a little bit out of you. Your last fight was at 154 pounds. How do you think youíll react to getting down to the weight this time?
MOSLEY: Well Iím pretty much there already so hopefully Iíll be good. Iím already around the weight. Iím in striking distance.
JENNA: Shane, this fight with Manny Pacquiao is going to be part of a reality show ďFight Camp 360Ē. What is it like to have every moment of your training camp filmed and do you at all worry that certain things that you donít want out there will get out there.
MOSLEY: Theyíre around you a lot and they stick the camera right in your face. You just kind of go into your own shell and just do what you got to do and say what you got to say. I donít really taper the words that Iím saying too much. I just kind of go with the flow and work hard.
JENNA: Well for this promotion itís actually going to be broadcast on CBS and youíre going to get out to probably the largest audience that youíve ever been out to. How do you feel about that and the transition to regular television?
MOSLEY: I mean thatís wonderful. For people to be able to reach us that donít really watch boxing as much is going to be great. I mean I like it and maybe itís going to show on the pay-per-view numbers as well. That In turn translates into more dollars in my pocket, so I am definitely happy about that.
JENNA: Alright well back to your fight with Manny Pacquiao, every fighter they say has a weakness. When you look at Manny Pacquiao what things do you think you can exploit in the ring?
MOSLEY: Heís going to throw a lot of punches and heís going to be on his toes. Heís going to be moving and heís going to try and create angles and stuff like that and try to keep me off balance. He does a lot of great things. Pacquiaoís not the hardest person to hit so Iím going to have a pretty good advantage with being able to hit him. I think itís going to be an exciting fight because both me and Manny like to fight. We both fight hard and we come to fight.
JENNA: Shane do you think your best chance in this fight is if you can somehow drag Manny Pacquiao into a dogfight?
MOSLEY: Yeah I think that the thing is to be smart about the way I throw punches and what Iím doing. I think it was proven with Marquez and the two other guys that fought him smart. They were able to land good shots. I think with my size itís going to help me a lot because Iím a lot faster than the guys that heís fought and my timing is probably a little better than theirs, especially Margaritoís and being that Magrarito was able to hit him a few times I think that I have a better chance of hitting him a lot on the button.
CIANI: When we had Freddie Roach on the show he said that he thought the first four rounds of the fight were going to be crucial and that you were going come out for a quick start, but he seemed to insinuate that if he you didnít get Pacquiao out of there in the first four rounds that it almost seemed he thought they would coast. If that is indeed their mentality going into this do you think theyíre making a mistake?
MOSLEY: Well if that is there mentality they are. Usually itís been shown in my other fights that I can continue fighting at a high tempo. I even knocked out Mayorga and I always got late knockouts. That could be a mistake. Even with Margarito that was a late knockout. I had to pound him from round to round before I got the knockout so I do have my power in the late stages of a fight as well. He just has to be careful, thatís all.
CIANI: A win over Pacquiao can potentially change your life. What do you think it could do for your legacy at this point?
MOSLEY: I think itís great for my legacy. Beating a guy like Manny Pacquiao when nobody gives me a chance, that will be one for the history books. Also we just started my own promotional company, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions thatís going to help as well to recruit young talented fighters to come workout because we all know I canít do this forever so I might as well help the young talent to come up and do the same thing I had done.
JENNA: If you do win this bout and Manny Pacquiao does not want to do a rematch, a fight that everybody would want to see in boxing would be a fight between you and Sergio Martinez. Do you think that you will be able to go up to middleweight and fight him if you are to win this bout?
MOSLEY: No, I wouldnít go up to middleweight to face Sergio Martinez because heís too big. 154 pounds I can get away with where Iím not as strong or whatever, but my body frame is not big enough for that. If Manny Pacquiao doesnít want to fight maybe I can get a rematch with Mayweather.
JENNA: Okay you say you want a rematch with Mayweather. What do you think you could do differently that would change the result?
MOSLEY: I think that there were little personal problems that I had before that Floyd Mayweather match that kind of drained me a little bit. But I think with this, with me being at my top, I believe when I hit Mayweather again I can maintain the same power and strength that I had throughout the whole fight. So that would be the difference. Rocking Mayweather and then being able to rock him again in the later rounds would be the difference and possibly able to knock him out.
JENNA: Well Shane, I just have a couple of more questions before we let you off the line and Iím curious to get your thoughts on the rematch thatís going to take place in the same month as your fight with Manny Pacquiao, and thatís between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal. I donít know if you saw the press conference, but what do you think about the feelings both guys have now about each other and how do you see the rematch playing out?
MOSLEY: Well itís obvious that Bernard has gotten in Pascalís head. Pascal mentally is feeling that. I think that when they fought the first time Pascal was thinking, ďIím stronger, Iím younger, and I can beat this old manĒ. Then he found out that wasnít the case, that Bernard really wasnít old. The age is really not that age because he keeps his body in shape and now Pascal knows that itís going to be a different fight this time with Bernard. He knows that Bernard is coming to get him.
JENNA: People say the same thing about you that you have aged pretty well as a fighter. Youíve been able to fight effectively at the age of 39. Do you think you could ever fight as long as Bernard Hopkins has?
MOSLEY: You know I donít think I would want to fight that long. I think I could, but I donít think I would want to. I think that I want to go off into another career after I finish whatís done here. I have to give it my 100% all, give it everything I got, beat Pacquiao, we can do a rematch, fight Mayweather, and I think thatís pretty much it for me. Then I will go off and I will stop helping these young fighters become world champions and get into another side of the business.
JENNA: One thing thatís for sure in boxing is victory is never guaranteed. What happens if you are unable to beat Manny Pacquiao? Where do you from there?
MOSLEY: If we get over there on that side of the bridge weíll think about it and talk about it. I always have winning in my mind and I eliminate the doubt, starve the doubt, and go for what I know and thatís the win, the victory. Thatís the only thing thatís in my mind is winning the fight because if I didnít think that way and I didnít train that way then thereís no need to fight.
JENNA: Okay well you have winning on the mind. What is your official prediction against Manny Pacquiao when you face off May 7?
MOSLEY: You know I always go for the knockout so Iím going for the knockout. Iím going to be at my best and train hard and make sure that when I fight Manny Pacquiao itís going to be a night that nobody is going to forget.
JENNA: Okay well Shane usually I ask a fighter what they want to say to their fans, but instead of that Iíd like for you to answer your critics. Is there anything you want to say to your critics out there that believe you have no chance in this fight?
MOSLEY: I mean I have nothing to say to the critics. I mean theyíre critics and thatís what they get paid to do. I just feel like I know that Iím going to be at my best and donít be shocked if you see Manny Pacquiao on the floor.
JENNA: For my final question, is there anything you do want to say to your fans and supporters, the ones that believe you will win this fight?
MOSLEY: I just thank God that I have terrific fans and people that love me and admire me and admire my career and everything that Iím doing. Thank you for being loyal fans and thank you for being boxing fans and loving the sport of boxing because thatís what I love, I love the sport of boxing.
JENNA: Shane itís been great as always speaking with you. We wish you all the best in your upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao and weíre looking forward to a good fight.
MOSLEY: Thank you, you too.
CIANI: Thank you Shane. Good luck.
MOSLEYĒ Alright, bye bye. Thank you.
For those interested in listening to the Shane Mosley interview in its entirety, it begins approximately one hour and eighteen minutes into the the program.
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Article posted on 13.04.2011
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