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Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley will square off on May 7 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Photo by Malcolm Ali


Mosley’s last fight was a 12 round draw against Sergio Mora at Staples Center. Photo by Jason Lewis 

By Muhammad Mubarak
Special to the Sentinel


Boxing promoter Bob Arum announced the biggest fight of 2011 at a recent press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  Arum is bringing together two of the greatest pound for pound fighters in the world today.   

Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao and "Sugar" Shane Mosley will be fighting for the WBO world welterweight title on May 7 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Could this be Mosley's last hurrah? Or could this end with him capturing his fifth world title? Only time will tell.  He's certainly got the confidence in himself that he needs to win.

There have been a few changes in Mosley's camp. He is no longer with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and now has retained the services of James Prince as his advisor.  Prince is the manager of Andre Ward, the current super middleweight champion. 

Mosley has also brought back his father Jack Mosley while still retaining Nzim Richardson as his trainer.

Now 39 years old, Mosley has fought professionally for the last 17 years and he is certain to be a contender for Boxing Hall of Fame.  He has been in the most memorable fights of the decade, and has fought at the highest level of competition. 

Most African American fighters tend to have a fighting style that is slick and quick (Muhammad Ali, Thomas Hearns, “Sugar" Ray Robinson, and "Sugar" Ray Leonard all come to mind). 

"My style will beat him,” Mosley said.  “The way I move and throw punches.”  He went on to say, "This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest fight of my career."

Pacquiao on the other hand is no joke.  He also has been in some memorable wars too, notablely with Juan Manuel Marquez, Antonio Margarito, Marcos Antonio Barrera, Eric Morales, and Oscar De La Hoya (just to name a few).

Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach believes this will not be a tough fight for him. 

“Manny's a better puncher and counterpunched and too fast for Shane, however Manny should be careful in the early rounds,” Roach said.  

This fight is being produced and distributed by Top Rank Inc. in association with the CBS and Showtime PPV Networks.

In preview of the fight, Showtime Sports will produce a series called "Fight Camp 360."  CBS Television Network will participate by broadcasting a primetime special of the show in April.

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