Shane Mosley: ďA fight with me and Pacquiao would be more explosiveĒ
by Geoffrey Ciani & Jenna J - (The following interview transcript with Sugar Shane Mosley aired on episode 50 of ĎOn the Ropesí, November 30, 2009)
Jenna J: Sugar Shane Mosley, welcome to the On the Ropes boxing radio show. Howís it going today?
Sugar Shane Mosley: Iím doing pretty good, itís a little nippy here in Big Bear.
JJ: Alright, well weíre very glad to be talking to you again, and one of the things Iíd like to start off with is that your next fight has been set. You will be fighting a unification bout with WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto on January 30. Can you tell us a little bit about how your preparations are going for that match-up?
SSM: Itís going pretty good. Iíve gotten to camp early, already, but Iím living in Big Bear so I kind of keep myself together..
JJ: One of the things I want to ask you is that youíre fighting an undefeated belt holder who is twelve years younger than you and also a fighter that you said during a post fight interview reminded you a lot of yourself early in your career, so what do you think youíll have to do to be successful against Berto on January 30?
SSM: I think be smart, use my intelligence and my experience on him, and I think that I can be successful with someone like Andre Berto.
JJ: Iím going to go over to my co-host, Rummy.
Geoffrey Ciani: Hi Shane. I recently had the chance to speak to Emanuel Steward and he said with you having been unsuccessful in being able to land a fight with (Manny) Pacquiao, or (Floyd) Mayweather, or even (Miguel) Cotto that it has to be very frustrating for you, and Manny noted that itís going to be a tough job for you to get mentally up for this fight with Andre Berto. Is there any truth to that?
SSM: No, no. Iím going to be up for any fighter that gets in the ring with me. I have this thing in my mind that Iím going to destroy anybody in my weight division. I just want to prove that Iím the best fighter.
GC: Now Iím curious Shane, you had a chance to see the fight Iím assuming between Pacquiao and Cotto and Pacquiao was able to do something that you werenít able to do and that was stop Miguel Cotto. What was your impression of that fight?
SSM: I think Pacquiao did a spectacular job of fighting Miguel Cotto. I think that when I fought Cotto I probably wasnít mentally as ready as I am right now to fight anybody. Even with the fight with me and Cotto I was looking to stop him in that fight as well. You noticed that me getting better is when (Antonio) Margarito stopped Cotto, as well, with throwing a lot of punches just like Pacquiao did and he was able to stop Cotto as well, but I was able to stop Margarito after that. So thatís just showing my comeback and showing that Iím ready and willing to take on all comers.
JJ: Alright, Shane. Now thatís one of the things I want to follow up on is do you think the Miguel Cotto that faced Pacquiao was the same fighter as when you faced him or do you think he had something taken out of him from his fight with Margarito that allowed Manny to beat him so easily?
SSM: You know, I canít take anything away from Manny Pacquiaoís performance because I think he did a great job. Iím not sure if Cotto was the same fighter when I fought him or the same fighter when he fought Margarito, but Iím sure that Manny Pacquiao looked spectacular. He looked great, and nothing should be taken away from that performance.
JJ: Well it seems as though the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps are trying to negotiate a fight for May 1, and if that fight comes together, who do you see winning it and do you think the winner would face you if youíre successful in your fight with Berto?
SSM: I think it would be a real close fight. Iím not sure exactly who would win. I think that I might give the edge to Mayweather but I like Pacquiao as a fighter, and if Pacquiao wins I will be excited and be happy because a fight between me and Pacquiao would be more exciting, because thereís two guys that want to get in there and fight. With Mayweather, heís a boxer. Heís going to seek to draw it out. Heís going to make it a very ugly fight with Pacquiao. I think itís going to be a good fight for Pacquiao because of his fighting style. I think that a fight with me and Pacquiao would be much more explosive, much more dramatic than a fight with Pacquiao and Mayweather. I really canít choose. I choose a dull fight being made by Mayweather, but I really canít choose who to win it.
GC: Now Shane, you said that you think a fight between you and Pacquiao would be more explosive and I think most people would agree with you on that, I know I do, but do you think a fight with Pacquiao would be more difficult than a fight with Mayweather for you?
SSM: Itís going to be a difficult fight for him to fight Mayweather because of the styles and what Mayweather chooses to do. Me and Manny Pacquiao can both box, but we can also punch, so we choose to box and punch. Mayweather chooses to do a lot more boxing. He can fight on the inside a little bit, but he doesnít, really. His main game is to get up on his toes, move around, and counterpunch, and that will make it very difficult for Pacquiao to get in with Mayweather. Even though Mayweather has had problems with southpaws, but Iím not sure if he has problems with the type of southpaw Pacquiao is. Pacquiao is the type of southpaw who circles a different way. He circles to your left as a southpaw, and I think thatís going to play into Mayweatherís hands. Mayweather doesnít like southpaws that move to their right and thatís going to be a problem.
GC: Shane, the end of 2009 is coming up and at the end of the year youíre going to be widely regarded as the best welterweight in the world. Going forward a year from now, at the end of 2010, do you think youíll have even had the chance to prove that youíre still the best welterweight in the world?
SSM: Well Iím trying to prove that right now. I think Ring Magazine is trying to put Pacquiao in front of me without fighting me and Iím having a problem with that. I have to talk to Nigel Collins and a few other guys about that because I donít think thatís fair. If Iím the number one guy, in order to be the number one guy you got to beat the number one guy, you canít just say youíre the number one guy without beating him. I thought Ring Magazine, that thatís what they encouraged and what they wanted. I got to talk to Nigel Collins about that and see what happens with that.
JJ: Now to follow up on that a little bit, if youíre unable to secure a fight with either Pacquiao or Mayweather after your fight with Berto, where do you see yourself going from there?
SSM: I see myself fighting against the other welterweight champions, so Iím just going to collect all the belts. Just start collecting all of the belts, and pretty soon, these guys will have to fight me because Iíll have all the belts.
JJ: Shane, youíre 38 years old and youíve accomplished a lot in your career. How much longer do you think youíll be fighting?
SSM: Iím going to fight for about another four to five more years. Iím grooming my son right now to become the next to add to the boxing name, but until then, I got about four more years.
JJ: Iím going to go back to Rummy.
GC: Shane, Iím wondering, you know Oscar De La Hoya pretty well and when he lost to Pacquiao a lot of people just figured it was time for him to retire, but since then, Pacquiao has shown such dominance in the ring, I was wondering if maybe Oscar ever mentioned anything to you about the possibility of making a comeback?
SSM: Heís never mentioned coming back, but you know, when itís in your blood you definitely want to come back. I never want to retire too early before my time, because if I comeback, thatís when you start hurting yourself. You can get yourself hurt in the ring because youíre out of the ring. Youíre not training or working out. For me, Iíve been training and working out to keep myself in shape, keep myself ready, and just to have the fire in my gut before a fight to show the fans and everybody that Iím the best fighter and just to prove that to them and to continue adding onto my legacy as the best fighter of this era.
JJ: Alright Shane, well we just have a couple of more questions before we let you go, and one of the ones that I want to ask you is your Golden Boy stable mate Bernard Hopkins will be facing off against Roy Jones Junior coming up in the first quarter of 2010. Who do you see winning that fight and why?
SSM: I think when those two guys fight I have to go with Bernard, because Bernardís been more active and Bernard is a complete fighter. He can box, he can punch, and I think heís just been around the game fighting high level competition more than Roy Jones has, so I have to give the edge to Bernard Hopkins. Both guys have to get past their ďwarm upsĒ, if you will. Enrique Ornelas is for Bernard Hopkins, and I canít think of the other guyís nameóhis last name is Green and heís in AustraliaóRoy has to get past him. So they both have to get past their little tune ups and then face each other.
JJ: Do you have a prediction for January 30 against Andre Berto?
SSM: Always a knockout! In every fight that I take and every fight that I have, I predict a knockout because thatís what I look to doóknock guys out.
JJ: My final question for you, is there anything you want to say anything to all your fans out there over at East Side Boxing or the fans you have around the world and what they have to look out for from Shane Mosley in 2010?
SSM: 2010 is going to be very explosive. Itís going to be very exciting and I canít wait to do my thing.
JJ: Alright, well weíre very glad that you gave us this time here to talk to you, and we wish you the best of luck in your fight with Andre Berto and your future fights after that.
SSM: Thank you, thank you.
GC: Thank you, Shane.
JJ: Have a nice day, Shane.
If you want to listen to Shane Mosleyís interview in its entirety, it begins approximately 86 minutes into the show.
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