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article imageManny Pacquiao says upcoming fight with Shane Mosley is not easy

By Leo Reyes     Dec 24, 2010 in Sports
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pcquiao who is vacationing in the island resort of Boracay in the Philippines says his upcoming bout with Shane Mosley is not going to be an easy fight.
Pacquiao commented on the fight after boxing insiders say Mosley is not a worthy opponent as he is past his prime while the pound-for-pound king is at the peak of his boxing career.
Mosely is almost forty years old and boxing fans say Pacquiao has cherry-picked Mosley for a rich purse and for an easy fight.
The reigning WBC super-welterweight champion had to remind everybody that Mosley knocked out Antonio Margarito in the ninth round of their January 2009 fight.
For 12 hard rounds, Pacquiao threw bricks at Margarito last Nov. 14 at the Cowboys Stadium, but failed to send the 5-foot-11 Mexican down on the floor even once.
“Wala namang easy fight dyan (There’s no easy fight out there),” said Pacquiao.
“They said Margarito was an easy fight. But you all saw that it was not. Easy ba ‘yun? (Was it easy?) And Mosley knocked out Margarito,” added Pacquiao, chilling out in Boracay.
Pacquiao's handlers quickly defended their choice of Mosley saying the former three-division champion has an impressive record of ring victories including his sensational triumph over legendary Oscar de la Hoya almost seven years ago.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer says Mosley is definitely not an easy opponent citing his record of victories over de la Hoya in 2000 and 2003.
“People keep saying this is going to be easy but it’s going to be tough specially in the first four rounds,” said Roach, rating Mosley over and above the others earlier being considered as Pacquiao foes, Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto.
Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz likewise defended their choice of Mosley saying,“Mosley’s very dangerous in the early rounds but after that Manny’s going to stop him and become the first guy to knock him out, something Mayweather couldn’t do,” Koncz said.
Bob Arum, the owner of Top Rank Promotions who is handling Pacquiao, said the Pacquiao-Mosley match is going to be a very interesting fight.
"Mosley is very dangerous, he’s a very slick fighter, very experienced," said Arum. "Manny’s style is made to order for Shane. It should be a very, very interesting fight."
"He (Pacquiao) liked Mosley because Mosley is better known than the other two," Arum said of the choice. "It is a name selection. He picked the guy that is known to more people because that is going to generate interest in the fight."
Arum was referring to Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto as the two other shortlisted opponents of Pacquiao.
The Pacquiao-Mosley fight will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7, 2011.
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