By Mark Vester
"Sugar" Shane Mosley is laying down a different strategy for his May 7 showdown with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. He doesn't plan to make it a war by going after Pacquiao. Instead, Mosley tells Ring Magazine that he plans to use his reach and boxing ability.
Against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mosley went for the knockout and pressed for most of the contest. He found success in the second round when he got Mayweather in trouble, but then he was outboxed and countered for the remainder of the fight. He doesn't want to make the same mistake twice.
"Pacquiao's very fast, said Mosley. I'm fast too, but I'd have to use my size and reach advantage on him. With Mayweather, everybody goes after him and gets hit with counters.
Mosley's stance is quite different from the comments he made last week to BoxingScene.com's Lem Satterfield, where he promised to go for a knockout ending.
"Pacquiao's defense is not as good as Floyd Mayweather's defense. I think I can probably win a decision, but I'm pretty much looking to try and go in there knock Pacquiao out," said Mosley.
"I'm pretty sure that Manny's going to get in there and try to knock me out, and I'm going to get in there and try to knock him out. That's why it's going to be a great fight. These are two guys who are willing to fight."