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article imagePacquiao vs. Mosley press tour kicks off at Beverly Hills Hotel

By Leo Reyes     Feb 11, 2011 in Sports
The promotional tour for the sold-out fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley scheduled for May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Hotel in Las Vegas, kicked off yesterday at the renowned Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
The highly anticipated affair was led by Bob Arum, whose company Top Rank handles Pacquiao fights. Others who attended the kick off ceremonies were Freddie Roach, Michale Koncz, Jinkee Pacquiao and the entourage of Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley along with Showtime/CBS people.
Thousands of Manny Pacquiao's fans, including media people who were covering the arrival of Pacquiao at the LA airport, were disappointed when the popular Filipino boxing star failed to show up at the arrival area of the airport.
Pacquiao's Canadian adviser Michael Koncz explained Pacquiao was too tired to face the media and fans and decided to go straight to his home in downtown Los Angeles for a much-needed rest.
During the kick-off ceremonies, Pacquiao said he is committed not to disappoint his fans so he will train hard for the fight.
“I’m excited to be fighting on May 7 because it’s covered by SHOWTIME and CBS. It’s going to give more boxing fans a chance to see the fight," he said.
“I am going to train hard because I don’t want to disappoint the people who are going to watch this fight. Sugar Shane is a good fighter and he’s a champion so I will never underestimate him.
“Yes, I like all the media attention," Pacquiao said. "We are trying to make this the fight of the year and that’s why we will train so hard.”
For his part, Mosley said it's very hard to beat Pacquiao and he foresees the fight will not go the distance.
“Manny’s a great guy and when I look at him I look at him as a true competitor," Mosley said. "I look at him as someone who really wants to win. He loves the sport of boxing and he loves to fight.”
How do you beat a Manny Pacquiao?
“I think it’s very hard but styles make the fight. Being that he’s a very exciting fighter and likes to bring it, that leaves openings for me. We’ll see when we get to the fight. It’s not the African-American style that will beat him. It’s my style that will beat him. Everybody fights differently and styles make the fight and in this fight you have two guys engaging and I think I have what it takes to get the job done.
“I don’t know what the odds are for this fight. I’m not a betting man," Mosley said. "I definitely won’t be on the losing end. I think it should be even. We are two similar types of fighters. We both like to battle. He throws punches more rapidly than I do but my punches are heavier. I don’t know what the over-under is. It won’t go the distance. This is the type of fight that would never go the distance."
From Los Angeles, the whole entourage will proceed to Las Vegas for the second leg of the press tour where Pacquiao and Mosley will be entertain questions from media and the public in connection with the upcoming fight.
Next stop will be New York and then Washington, where Pacquiao will meet with US Senator Harry Reid and, hopefully, US President Barack Obama.
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