"Yeah, we're supposed to go out there November 27th. I'm probably going to be leaving the 12th. I'm excited...he's old for me because I'm used to fighting young guys; not nobody that's 38 years old. So we both think different things, but now we have to see who's right and who's wrong. I really believe I'm right and, you know, in my mind, I know he's wrong. But, you know, let him think what he wants to think. As long as the money is in the account, I'm ready to go; now I can prove, you know, not only him wrong, but I can prove a lot of other people wrong too as well in the same fight. Mundine doesn't know what he's getting himself into," stated multi-division world champion and future Hall of Famer "Sugar" Shane Mosley, who talked about his upcoming rescheduled November 27 clash with Anthony Mundine. Check out what else he had to say!
BT: What's poppin' with you, Sugar Man?
SM: What's up, Ben? What you up to, man?
BT: Same ol' shit. Just trying to catch up with you to get the word on your fight being rescheduled.
SM: Yeah, we're supposed to go out there November 27th. I'm probably going to be leaving the 12th. I'm excited. This time all the money's in escrow, so right after the fight, I'll be sure to get paid.
BT: So how did the rescheduling come about?
SM: There's another promoter that I think Anthony Mundine uses; he must be more credible and better and he knows how to work the deals the right way I guess. I think that Wlad might've been trying to wait for the fight to happen, make the money, and then pay me instead of putting it all in escrow and then I'd already have it there. I guess this promoter did a better job of obligating the contract, so now we're going to be on our way back to Australia to fight.
BT: So everything is good to go now and there's no funny business as far as the money is concerned?
SM: Right! As far as the money's concerned, I believe that it has been wired into an account. A million dollars is already there, it's confirmed, and now all I gotta do is fight and it's released to me.
BT: I know when we talked before, you had a little concern regarding the Australian commission and who the judges would be for the fight. Is there still any concern about that?
SM: You know, honestly, I'm really not worried about it, but it would be a good thing to be able to step into a boxing ring and know that everything is okay. I'm sure that Australian sanctioning is real good and everything is gravy with that, but, you know, I'm kind of used to the WBA, the IBF, or the WBC sanctioning things. I don't see it going the distance anyway, but that's just me.
BT: That was a long trip to fly out there only to turn around and fly right back to the States. I know you had to adjust to the multiple timezones, but were you able to get some decent training in since you've been back?
SM: Yeah, I just went back into training. I had flew out to Houston for one second; I sparred with a couple of people out there. I basically have just been in the gym. I'm in shape already. All I have to do now is adjust myself to the timezone again. Other than that, I'm good. I'm in shape and ready to go. I'm ready to fight.
BT: Coming off that win over Cano, I thought you would've got quite a few offers to fight some of these other recognizable names at 147 and 154. Are you surprised that you have to fly out to Australia for your next fight?
SM: Nobody's looking to fight me, really. Everybody is trying to play the waiting game to see if I'm really messed up or not. Am I really good or am I old and ready to be beaten up on? Everybody's playing the waiting game. They thought that I was done; I fought Cano and, you know, I beat Cano and they're like, "Well, maybe he's not done yet." Then after I do that, they say, "Oh, maybe Cano's done." Then they see Cano fight Mayweather's sparring partner [Ashley Theophane] and he almost knocks him out. So they're like, "Oh, well, Cano's good, so that means that maybe Shane's still good." So everybody is playing the waiting game now. I'm like, alright, well come on, who want it? I'm ready. I'm sharp and I'm ready to go. I'm flying from gym to gym sparring with everybody. All you gotta do is ask some of the fighters. You can call Austin Trout up right now and ask him how I look. I didn't spar with Austin, but he watched me work. I worked with some of his sparring partners, you know what I'm saying. He'll tell you, "Damn, Shane, big homie, you know, he throwing them dogs."
BT: So what kind of a fight are you expecting from Mundine and what can fans expect to see when they tune in?
SM: I expect him to believe certain things about me that I believe are not true. When we get into the ring, we'll be able to figure out who's right and who's wrong about me being over the hill or older or whatever they want to think, not having any legs, not being able to move, not having the punching power to be able to hurt him; you know, just different things that we're going to figure out when we get into the ring. He thinks he's faster than me and I think that I'm faster than him. He thinks that he's stronger than me and bigger, and I think that I'm possibly stronger than he is. He thinks he has the upper hand and I think I have the upper hand. He thinks that I'm older, but I think he's older. I think he's 38 years old and he's old for me because I'm used to fighting young guys; not nobody that's 38 years old. So we both think different things, but now we have to see who's right and who's wrong. I really believe I'm right and, you know, in my mind, I know he's wrong. But, you know, let him think what he wants to think. As long as the money is in the account, I'm ready to go; now I can prove, you know, not only him wrong, but I can prove a lot of other people wrong too as well in the same fight. Mundine doesn't know what he's getting himself into.
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