Shane has talent, I have a gift. A God-given gift." - Six-Time World Champion in Five Weight Divisions Floyd "Money" Mayweather said on April 14, 2010 at his open media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, NV.
Floyd Mayweather: "I think Shane is acting out of character. Why would someone wait until they were 38 years old to get a tattoo? I think he feels the pressure of this fight and is thinking about how he is going to beat me..
"There is a blue print to beat him because he has lost five times already. But there is no blueprint to beat me. I think he feels the pressure. I don't have any pressure. I am just getting ready to fight.
"Mosley has problems with boxers. He lost to Winky Wright from a one-handed jab in his face all night long. Now he is facing someone sharp as a razor with two hands. He has been dropped and wobbled on numerous occasions. If he tries to bum rush me, he is going to get clipped.
"No one has a chance to beat me. All of these fighters do the same interviews, talking about how they are going to beat me. Guess what? Same interviews, same results. It hasn't happened yet.
"They all talk about Shane's strength, but in boxing you need all over strength from head to toe. If we were in a weightlifting match then strength might have something to do it with it. But we are in a boxing match and I am the best boxer in the sport. If you compare our records you have to ask yourself which fighter is better and smarter. That would have to be me. This is boxing, the beautiful sport called boxing.
"Shane is a solid welterweight with great accomplishments, but I have been fighting these kinds of fighters my whole career without much appreciation. No one gives me credit for who I have fought during my career. From early to now, look at the opponents I have faced and see where they were when they faced me in the ring.
"My main focus is who I am facing at the time. So many try to build an opponent or a fighter to figure me out and no one has done it yet and Shane won't do it either.
"I train hard and each time a little harder. I always want to look better than the fight before. Faster, stronger. I work hard in the gym to perfect my game. I push as far as I can as this is about the future for me and my family.
"It doesn't matter who I am fighting, I always fight with tenacity.
"A lot of these fighters are media creations. I got this far on my own. I can make anybody look like a nobody.
"I tried to face Mosley before but he outbid himself. Back then we weren't making that kind of money. I was making more than him, but still you have to be realistic. It has to be a fair amount. Now he sees how much I am making and how much he can make fighting me, but now he's older with losses. I was trying to fight him when he was undefeated and he wasn't a smart enough businessman to make a fair deal.
"I am a competitive athlete and before we make any fight the cash has to be right. When you are young, you fight to show you are better and then you prove it. At this level, it is about money because I already proved the rest. I perfected how to get money in the pros and I write my own checks.
"I believe in the drug testing because I want to help clean up the sport. What is so wrong about making sure a fight is fair? I just want to compete knowing that you have two hands, two legs and a heart just like me. Nothing else should be a factor and the USADA drug testing, which can detect things not found in urine testing alone, helps make that happen. It is only fairness I am looking for because when it comes down to it and after all things are said by each guy's team and the media and the fans, the only thing that matters on the night of the fight is me and him. It is just us in the ring and we have to fight each other to show which one of us is the best. Nothing else matters but that.
"I was born to get it done. I have trained hard for every fight and then I just train harder. I have never taken a short cut to my success. My dad and uncle know this and I am glad they are both here."
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Boxing superstar and six-time World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and welterweight mega-star, five-time World Champion and current WBA Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley, are set to meet on Saturday, May 1 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a spectacular bout which will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150 not including applicable service charges, are on sale now and limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $150 are limited to two (2) per person with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
HBO's fast-moving reality series "24/7 Mayweather/Mosley" returns with an all new episode on Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 pm ET/6:30pm PT. The four-episode series chronicles the preparations and back stories of both fighters as they train for their May 1 pay-per-view showdown. Episode one is available on HBO ON DEMAND.
The Mayweather vs. Mosley pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $54.95, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Mayweather vs. Mosley fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com.
APRIL 17 EPISODE
Episode # 2
Debut: SATURDAY, APRIL 17 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/ 6:30-7:00 p.m. PT)
Other HBO playdates: April 17 (12:15 a.m. ET/9:15 p.m. PT), 18 (10:15 a.m.), 19 (9:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 20 (1:30 p.m.), 22 (9:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m., midnight), 23 (2:05 a.m.), 24 (10:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 28 (1:30 a.m.) and 30 (7:30 p.m.), and May 1 (10:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 18 (11:15 p.m.), 19 (12:00 a.m.), 20 (8:30 p.m.) and 30 (1:30 a.m.), and May 1 (4:30 p.m.)
HBO On Demand availability begins: April 19
As training camp intensifies for their May 1 welterweight pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, both fighters look for ways to stay grounded. Floyd Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) and his daughter get ready for her dance recital, while Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) takes time out for a charity basketball game.
Episode three of 24/7 MAYWEATHER/MOSLEY debuts Saturday, April 24 (8:30-9:00 p.m.), while the finale debuts Friday, April 30 (8:30-9:00 p.m.), just one night before the super showdown. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand.
On Saturday, May 1 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT), HBO Pay-Per-View presents “Mayweather vs. Mosley,” live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The executive producers of 24/7 MAYWEATHER/MOSLEY are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Scott Boggins; producers, Jon Crystal and Bentley Weiner; writer, Aaron Cohen. Liev Schreiber narrates.