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Mosley reveals gameplan vs Mayweather
Mosley reveals game plan vs Mayweather
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 04/08/2010 11:56 AM
MANILA, Philippines – “Sugar” Shane Mosley said he knows exactly what to do against undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. when he defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight super championship belt on May 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Floyd is the type of fighter who, if he doesn't feel comfortable or confident, he's not going to fight you. So I have to be ready for that type of mentality that he has of touching and moving, touching and moving. I have to make it difficult for him to just touch and move,” Mosley told Lem Satterfield of Fanhouse.com.
“So that's going to be one of the assignments is to make it harder for him to get his shots off so that he fights me a little bit. When he fights me, that will open him up for my speed and power,” he added.
Mosley even vowed to arm himself with a “total package of things” when he enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
He said he might focus on a body attack in a couple of rounds and then focus on just attacking Mayweather in another round.
“With Floyd, you have to focus on everything. You have to have a broad picture,” he remarked.
Mayweather to retire after May 1?
The 38-year-old Mosley, meantime, already declared that he will surely defeat the 33-year-old Mayweather on May 1.
“No disrespect, but I really don't think he's been in there with a fighter like me. I believe that when I beat Floyd, I will send him into retirement. May 1 will be Mayweather's first loss,” said Mosley.
Although the WBA super welterweight champion expects Mayweather to try to disrupt his rhythm, he said he will use whatever advantage he has over the undefeated fighter.
“I'm pretty sure that Floyd will feel more power in this fight that he will have ever had to feel… And if I can get that knockout, if I get that one shot, and if I can get him hurt, then I'm going to be all over him,” he noted.
All about timing
Mayweather, for his part, argued that he is not merely a defensive fighter.
“I think Shane is basing everything on power and speed,” he said in a FightFan.com article by Ace Freeman.
“It doesn’t work like that. I believe everything in life is timing and inches. It’s not just about being a defensive fighter. It’s about being a smart fighter.”
Mayweather (40-0, with 25 KOs) and Mosley (46-5, 39 knockouts) were supposed to figure in matches early this year against 7-division champion Manny Pacquiao and Andre Berto, respectively.
The Mosley-Berto bout was cancelled after Berto pulled out of the fight following the devastating Haiti earthquake which affected his family members while the Pacquiao-Mayweather blockbuster fight did not push through because of the fighters’ disagreement on the drug testing protocol. –