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Mosley adapts to age, fighting styles in preparing for Pacquiao

NEW YORK — Nazim Richardson, who trains former three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, was asked how he was feeling as he recovers from international travel.
I’m holding on with both hands,” he said before the start of a news conference Monday, “and the wind is blowing.”
He can only hope that will not be Mosley’s plight when the 39-year-old boxer opposes heavily favored Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 7.
The machine-like Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 knockouts), seven years younger, is a 7-1 favorite to retain his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in the pay-per-view contest that will be distributed by Showtime.
Mosley, who has two wins, two losses and a draw
in his last five bouts as part of a 46-6-1 mark with 39 knockouts,
recognizes the magnitude.
“This fighter is supposed to be one of the best
in history,” he said. “For me to take him out at this time in my career
would be remarkable.”
Mosley readily acknowledges he is not the same performer he was when he captured titles at 135, 147 and 154 pounds.
“There’s definitely a little bit of slippage
with age,” he said, “but there is experience, as well. Where I’m
slipping in one area, I can build up in another. With the experience I
have, I can definitely do some damage to Manny.”
The Los Angeles native did not do enough damage
to convince judges he deserved more than a controversial draw when he
spent a good deal of time chasing Sergio Mora on Sept. 18.
He did not do nearly enough when Floyd Mayweather Jr. dominated him through most of 12 rounds May 1. He dropped a unanimous decision.
“It wasn’t a good performance. I could have been a lot better,” Mosley said. “I didn’t fight the way I was supposed to fight.”
Mosley hopes to turn back the clock a bit and revert to the form that allowed him to hammer out a technical knockout against Antonio Margarito
in the ninth round Jan. 24, 2009, his lone fight that year. He knocked
down Margarito in the eighth round, then staggered him with a flurry of
punches before sending him to the canvas in the ninth, when the referee
stopped the action.
Styles make fights. Mosley contends that Pacquiao’s no-nonsense, busy approach will be a good fit for him.
“Nothing really concerns me about the style. I
like the style,” he said. “He’s more of a fighter than a boxer. I love
the fact that he’s a fighter.”
Pacquiao, who serves as a congressman in the
Philippines, is known for throwing punches almost without end. Mosley
said he intended to be more active than usual to counter that.
Mosley will look to be opportunistic in a contest he thinks will end in a knockout.
“There’s definitely a lot of opportunity there,”
he said. “You have to know how to find them. Once I find them, I’ll be
all right.”
Pacquiao rejects the notion that Mosley is well past his prime and a fairly easy payday.
“He can still fight,” he said. “He still has hand speed. He still has power. I will have to train hard.”
Source: USA Today
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