By Lem Satterfield
Former undisputed middleweight champion, Bernard Hopkins, is regarded by many as the man behind the widespread sentence - "Manny Pacquiao has never faced a top notch African American fighter." Pacquiao has reached a deal to face Hopkins' friend, former three division champion Shane Mosley, on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Hopkins, who turned 46 on Saturday, gives Mosley a shot at beating Pacquiao. According to Hopkins, there are holes in Pacquiao's defensive skills, and Mosley does very well against boxers who move forward and like to fight.
"Hey, I don't know what Shane Mosley is motivated by, but I can tell you that anybody has a shot, and you can't count Shane Mosley out. I'll say this, we get up for fights, you know, guys who fight like we do," Hopkins said.
"Manny Pacquiao is definitely faster and quicker than Antonio Margarito and won't get tired. Manny Pacquiao don't have the greatest defense, but he throws so many punches that sometimes, you can't hit him. But Shane Mosley has Naazim Richardson in his corner. Now, I'm biased, because Naazim Richardson is also my trainer. But if Shane listens, and doesn't over-train, and doesn't get too over-hyped for this big event, then he could win."
Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here .