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SHANE MOSLEY: "THIS FIGHT RIGHT HERE WITH MANNY...THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN"

By Ben Thompson | February 10, 2011
SHANE MOSLEY:

"This fight right here with Manny though, I mean, Manny's not the best defensive fighter. I mean, he's got alright defense, but he's not the best defensive fighter in the world. He's not a mover. He can move, but he's not a mover by nature. So hey, I'm looking forward to this. This is going to be great. This is going to be fun," stated three-division world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley, who spoke with FightHype.com less than 24 hours before the official press conference tour kicks off later today in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming May 7th showdown with pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao. Check out what else he had to say about the fight and much more before the 3-city, cross-country promotional blitz begins.

CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 OF THIS INTERVIEW WITH "SUGAR" SHANE MOSLEY

BT: I think a lot of people take it for granted that when you fought Floyd, not only had it been a while since you fought, but you basically went through two training camps after the Berto fight was scrapped. This fight with Manny, I mean, despite the outcome of your last fights, you've kept yourself active and won't be coming off of two long camps after a 16-month layoff.

SM: Right! Right! I kept myself active. Even with Sergio Mora, I mean, he's a boxer, he's a mover, he's a runner, but I kept myself busy. Floyd, you know, he's an excellent sharpshooter and boxer and all that stuff. He was able to get out of the way and then he figured out where the right hand was coming from and was able to slip off and do what he do and change the fight. This fight right here with Manny though, I mean, Manny's not the best defensive fighter. I mean, he's got alright defense, but he's not the best defensive fighter in the world. He's not a mover. He can move, but he's not a mover by nature. So hey, I'm looking forward to this. This is going to be great. This is going to be fun.

BT: Are y'all wearing 8 ounce gloves for this fight?

SM: We are wearing 8 ounce gloves, but I mean, 10 or 8, it doesn't matter. Like I said, if he makes the wrong move, it could be goodnight!

BT: The tricky thing about him making the wrong move though is that he's kind of like a pesty gnat inside of that ring; he kind of jumps all over the place while he's throwing punches, so it's tough to catch him flush.

SM: You know who...well...he was different, but you know who was kind of like a gnat and has that same fighting spirit like Pacquiao?

BT: Who?

SM: Zack Padilla. I sparred with him for my whole career. Zack Padilla was the former jr. welterweight champion of the world. He beat Roger Mayweather; he beat a lot of guys coming up. He was beating these guys and I was sparring with him every single day. This guy broke records throwing punches. You can look him up; he broke records with Ray Oliveira. I used to spar with him every day in a 16-foot ring.

BT: How long ago was this?

SM: This was way back in the day. This is when I was coming up.

BT: When you were a lightweight still?

SM: When I was a lightweight and when I went up to welterweight. When I went up to welterweight though, he stopped fighting basically. So I've seen...I don't get rattled with all kinds of punches being thrown at me. I don't get rattled. I know how to counter in between all that stuff. That's going to be the difference. A lot of people get rattled when they see a lot of punches coming at them in rapid form like that. With Pacquiao throwing rapid punches, I've seen that before. I don't know if he was hitting as hard though because Zack Padilla was a jr. welterweight, but I've seen it and I dealt with it for all of my lightweight career. It's not going to rattle me like, "Oh shit, he's doing this and he's doing that." I won't feel out of place if he does that. It's the same scenario as Margarito. I was used to Mexican fighters running after me, throwing punches from crazy angles and all that stuff. I'm used to a guy coming at me in that way. I grew up fighting a guy coming at me throwing thousands of punches. I used to spar with this man 10 to 12 rounds every day. He didn't hit that hard, but he knocked out a whole slew of guys that were supposed to beat him and he won the world title. He beat all them guys and he was like a punching machine. All he did was just punch, punch, punch, punch, punch, punch and he took the best shot in the world. He could get hit with a thousand right hands, but they couldn't do nothing to him and they would get knocked out.

BT: (Laughing) Damn.

SM: Hey, it's about to go down. The difference between me and Margarito is I'm hitting a little bit harder. My punches mean something.

CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 OF THIS INTERVIEW WITH "SUGAR" SHANE MOSLEY



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