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Anticipation building ahead of Pacquiao - Mosley
Posted May 06, 2011 by Chris White
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Ahead of the eagerly anticipated bout between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley, we take a look at the history of two of the best fighters to have graced our boxing rings.
Pacquiao, widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter, puts his WBO Welterweight title on the line against 39-year old Mosley in Las Vegas this weekend. The Filipino has 52 victories from his 57 career fights, 38 by knockout, his last victory coming against Antonio Margarito in November. Some of the big victories over Pacquiao's career include Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Erik Morales.
Pacquiao told the media, "I have trained very hard indeed for this fight. I am in 100% condition and need to be against Mosley. People say 'oh he's passed it at 39', he isn't. He moves like a 31-year old. His hand and foot speed is still very strong."
Mosley, on the other hand, drew his last fight with Sergio Mora back in September and is the outsider according to the bookies. 'Sugar Shane' has a record of 46 wins from 54 fights, with 39 knock out wins, and includes a victory over Oscar de la Hoya.
The Californian told the media, "We're both warriors, we both love to fight and we're both winners. And when you get two winners in there, you know it's going to be a heck of a fight. I'm excited. I'm ready. It's going to be a blockbuster."
This is a fight that the world has been waiting for for a long time. The boxers are ready; the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is ready. Hopefully it won't disappoint.