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Mosley, Richardson, Arum Conf Call Transcript; Baas-Hernandez on April 30th; 2011 National Golden Gloves Action Moves into Day Two With 52

Three-division world champion “Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY, his trainer NAAZIM RICHARDSON and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM participated in an international media conference call on Tuesday to discuss Mosley’s upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, May 7, at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand, the four-fight Mosley-Pacquiao pay-per-view extravaganza will be produced and distributed live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

Closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.

The Pacquiao 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 SHOWTIME PPV®. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com.

What the participants had to say on Tuesday:

Bob Arum: “Both fighters have been working extremely hard. Many of you have visited the fight camps and can attest to that. Both fighters and their camps have been extremely cooperative in helping make this such a huge event. I’m particularly grateful for Shane Mosley and Naazim Richardson who have been so helpful throughout. Shane Mosley is one of the great fighters of our era. He has fought everyone in his weight category and even some above. He has consistently fought with valor and has brought glory to the sport.”

Shane Mosley: “Training camp has been going very good. I’m expecting a very exciting fight on May 7 and a lot of big fireworks. I’m expecting to be able to control the fight and to be victorious.”

Do you buy into the notion that your best chance because of your age is to get to Manny early and that that’s your only chance to win this fight?

Mosley: “No, I don’t buy into that. I’ve knocked people out early and I’ve knocked people out late so I don’t buy into that.”

Richardson: “Most of you saw the Erik Morales fight. And most of you saw the Pascal-Hopkins fight. And we keep counting these guys out. These aren’t just old men who box. These are legendary fighters who have age on them now. There’s a difference between a legendary fighter who has age and an old boxer. These aren’t just men. When these guys were in their prime they were exceptional. Michael Jordan could probably still come out now and make the starting five on any team in the NBA. We discount these older guys but we forget these were special guys. When special gets old you can still be extraordinary.”

You’re approaching 40 years old yet you continue to fight the world’s most popular fighters. What do you attribute that to?

Mosley: “I think that people see my power and they know I will bring an exciting fight. I think that’s what it is. They think that if they can get past the power then they can win the fight. And also the fans choose to see knockouts. They want to see someone who has some power. They want to see a fight were there is risk being taken. So for this fight it’s very risky for someone like Manny Pacquiao to fight someone like myself. So people want to see what’s going to happen. Is Manny going to get knocked out? Or is Manny going to knock Shane out? The unpredictability of the fight arouses people around the world. Anything can happen.”

Do you have enough speed to hang with Pacquiao?

Mosley: “Well, I look at different fights and I see in the Margarito fight that Margarito landed the most punches ever on Manny Pacquiao. So if Margarito is fast enough to land punches on Manny Pacquiao than I know I am fast enough to land punches on Manny Pacquiao.

Do you think your fights against Sergio Mora and Floyd Mayweather will give us any indication of how you’ll do against Pacquiao?

Mosley: “I don’t think they will have anything to do with what I do against Pacquiao because styles make fights. But if it wasn’t for those two fights I probably wouldn’t be here today. So those fights were needed.”

What about Manny’s preparation for this fight?

Richardson: “I think Manny is focused and I think his camp is totally focused. I don’t think his job in the government is a different distraction and I don’t think that Freddie Roach going to England with Amir Khan is a distraction. I think their sole focus is on Mosley. And like I’ve said, when “Sugar” Shane Mosley scores this incredible victory over Manny Pacquiao I don’t want Manny to be de-clawed or de-fanged. I don’t want people to reduce Manny into distraction. I don’t want to hear that Manny is only two inches tall and weighs 32 ounces. I don’t want to hear any of these things that I’ve heard. They say he’s a killer and the most monstrous fighter out there today so Shane should get his full amount of due when he pulls this victory off.”

Does being the underdog give you that much more motivation in this fight? Do you understand why you are such an underdog?

Mosley: “It gives me a lot of motivation to overcome. I don’t read too much into it. I don’t care that people are saying I’m an underdog or not. What matters is what happens in the ring. It only matters what happens on May 7. That’s the only thing that matters.”

Do you have any opinion that Top Rank supposedly has offered a fight in the fall to Manny to fight Juan Manuel Marquez while they are promoting your fight?

Mosley: “That’s fine. Sometimes as business people you have to look to make the next fight and the next fight. I think that’s what makes Top Rank such a great promoter. That’s for them to think that way and not for me to think that way. I have to think about May 7 and take care of May 7.”

Bob, can you address that?

Arum: “You take whatever (Richard) Schaefer says as gospel so we’ll leave it at that. We have no comment on whether we are offering a fight, which is absurd because Manny has a very tough fight with Shane Mosley. Just carry on and listen to Schaefer all you want and write your stories accordingly.”

Is it more or less of a challenge preparing for a fighter like Pacquiao than it is preparing for a defensive fighter like Mora or a extreme technician like Mayweather?

Richardson: “I said something to Shane the other day and I still hold firm with it, which was, ‘You’ve never been hit by Shane Mosley.’ You see, I’ve been hit more times by Shane Mosley than Shane Mosley has been hit. So Shane Mosley is quick to say this guy is a gladiator and this guy is going to fight me. But it doesn’t matter. I have to prepare Shane Mosley for a defensive fighter with every man he faces because if Shane hits you solid you’re going on the defensive. I don’t care how much of a gladiator or how tough you were before, when Shane tags you, you’ll be a defensive fighter. So he doesn’t see it the way I see it. So Pacquiao could become a defensive fighter in this fight too.”

Do you think Pacquiao has that ability to stick and move and to be elusive?

Richardson: “Fighters at this level have had to do everything it takes to get this far in boxing. They had to work the punches, they’ve had to get off the canvas. Fighters of this magnitude have probably seen every scenario you can see in the ring. And Pacquiao, too, can become a boxer and a mover and a jabber and a stick and move when he gets in there with Shane. Shane Mosley is special. You can say he has age on him or say whatever you will but Shane is still special.”

Do sparring partners matter in training camp?

Richardson: “The last fighter I saw who fought like Pacquiao was Aaron Pryor. If anyone was fighting like Pacquiao they’d be off somewhere defending their own title and they wouldn’t have time to come to our camp. So all you can do is pick athletes and ask them to bring in attributes that are most common to Pacquiao. So all you can really do is mix and match athletes and put together the best scenarios you can so that Shane’s going to leave with that high volume.”

Manny’s new music CD will be coming out on Thursday. Will you be buying it and listening?

Mosley: “When I fought Oscar in 2000 he came into the ring with his CD playing and I won the fight so things are looking good for me there.”

Richardson: “Next question.”

Can you elaborate on the comparison between Pacquiao and Aaron Pryor?

Richardson: “The reason I compare the two is that Aaron Pryor was an all-action fighter. He had a decent punch but he was all-action. You could just see his energy level was just extraordinary. And Pacquiao brings the same level of energy into the ring. And it’s difficult to answer because he’s so consistent. After he’s fought bigger guys his fights have gotten easier because the high energy guys are at the lower weight classes. So when he’s fought bigger guys he’s actually had an easier time.”

You’ve been at the top of this game for a very long time. How much pride do you take in that?

Mosley: “I’m very happy to have been at the top for so long. It’s a great feeling to do the work and my career has been great. I think it’s just taking care of myself. When I’m not getting ready for a fight I’m still in the gym keeping my body healthy and in shape.”

How shocked were you that Pacquiao has been able to rise in weight and still have so much success?

Mosley: “He was a very good fighter at 130 in a very tough division and passed all the tests and had to move up several weight classes and has done the same thing. I think it’s remarkable. You have to take your hat off to him and say that he is one of the greats of this era.”

Do you feel like you see things in him that others maybe don’t see; where you see some weaknesses?

Mosley: “Yeah, I have a lot of advantages over him and now all I have to do is exploit his weaknesses. Once I exploit them I should be able to take care of business.”

Who is the opponent you’ve faced who is most similar to Pacquiao?

Mosley: “I really don’t know but I fought a guy back in the day named Oscar Lopez. It was the first time I went the distance. I was 9-0 with nine knockouts when I faced him. He was a southpaw and had the same type of awkwardness. That would be the one I would say who was most similar to Pacquiao.”

Richardson: “Like I mentioned before I compare Manny most to the great Aaron Pryor. A lot of it has to come from your boxing IQ and the formulas you put together. So we’ve fought southpaws before, and we’ve fought speed before and we’ve faced tenacity before. So now you just have to draw from all those experiences to formulate a game plan that will exploit the flaws that Pacquiao does present and be able to exploit them for all 12 rounds.

Don’t some of Manny’s punches come at you from difficult angles that sometimes can catch you off guard?

Richardson: “If a bullet misses you by two inches it’s just as dangerous as a fly. It only matters if they land. And right now Shane’s in the gym landing some beautiful punches.”

Is the accuracy of punches more important than landing a greater volume of punches?

Mosley: “You have to land a lot of punches. You have to land a high percentage and more every round. It’s like when I fought Margarito - before he was throwing like 1,000 punches but when I fought him he only threw 500. It’s all the angles and the way you move and how you turn him to where you make him not throw as many punches.”

Arum: “The reason Shane was selected for this fight is because we know that we are in the entertainment business. And we know that Manny Pacquiao against Shane Mosley will be one hellacious and entertaining fight. We picked Shane to fight Miguel Cotto a couple of years ago and to fight Antonio Margarito a couple of years ago. Shane is an all-action fighter and when he is in with a guy who is an action fighter as well you are going to see fireworks and a real exciting fight.”

KEB BAAS VS. ADRIAN HERNANDEZ II HEADLINES TELEVISA'S "SABADO DE CORONA" ON APRIL 30

LOS ANGELES, April 26 - In November of 2010, veteran Gilberto Keb Baas fulfilled a lifelong dream when he won his first world championship, and on Saturday, April 30 he will look to avenge an early career loss to Adrian Hernandez when he makes his second title defense in an all-Mexico battle that headlines Televisa's "Sabados De Corona" at Coliseo de la Feria de Texcoco in Texcoco Estado Mexico, Mexico. In the co-featured bout of the evening, Mexico City's undefeated top prospect Marco Antonio Periban will face Argentine Jose Alberto Clavero.

Baas vs. Hernandez, a 12 round battle for the WBC Light Flyweight World Championship, headlines an action-packed card presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Grupo Publica and Pepe Gomezand sponsored by Corona. The Televisa broadcast begins at 10:30pm CT. Doors open at 6:00 pm CT and the first bell rings at 7:00 pm CT.

Fight fans in the United States will be able to watch the April 30 world title fight thanks to a newly formed relationship between Golden Boy Promotions and AT&T*. AT&T is exclusively delivering the series across three screens (TV, Online and Mobile) to AT&T U-verse members. Beginning April 30, fans can access the best in boxing from Mexico on the screen of their choice, with fights on AT&T U-verse® TV, U-verse Online at www.att.net/boxeoand, for subscribers to the U-verse Live TV mobile application, on qualifying mobile phones.** The April 30 U-verse broadcasts will air live at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT.

Tickets, priced at 200 pesos, 1,000 pesos and 2,000 pesos, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Coliseum Box Office and VIP Tickets are available for purchase at MYM Spirits LLC by emailing Mr. Daniel Joffe (joffe.d@gmail.com).

A highly-regarded 15-year veteran of the sport, Yucatan's Gilberto Keb Baas (35-20-4, 22 KO's) paid his dues the hard way, taking on all comers in winning numerous regional titles. On November 11, 2010, the 33-year-old finally reached his world championship goal when he won a 12-round decision victory over Omar Nino Romero to win the WBC Light Flyweight World Title. Keb Baas is unsatisfied with just winning the belt, now he wants to set a new standard at 108 pounds and, after stopping Jose Antonio Aguirre in his first defense on February 26, he's well on his way to doing that. His first step will be redemption against a man who put a loss on his record in 2008, Adrian Hernandez.

Hard-hitting Toluca native Adrian "Confesor" Hernandez (20-1-1, 12 KO's) was just another hot prospect in March of 2008, but when he stopped veteran Gilberto Keb Baas in just four rounds, he immediately graduated to contender status. Since then, Hernandez has waited for his world title shot and after reeling off seven consecutive wins, including a third round stoppage of Erik Ramirez last November, his time has come. He finally gets his shot at none other than surging veteran Keb Baas, setting the stage for a fight fan's dream rematch.

In the co-featured bout, Mexico City's Marco Antonio Periban (12-0, 9 KO's) will be put to the test in a 10 round super middleweight bout against Jose Alberto Clavero. Periban is looking to keep his record clean as he looks to rise to the top of his division. He has won his last three fights via first round knockout, including a victory over previously-undefeated top prospect Dion Savage in February of this year. The 26-year-old rising star will attempt to keep his knockout streak going and take down the experienced Clavero.

Looking to spoil the plans of Periban is Argentina's Jose Alberto Clavero (30-7-1, 15 KO's). The experienced 35-year-old has won three of his last five bouts with the two loses coming in world title bouts against Karoly Balzsay (2008) and Anthony Mundine (2007). The former world title challenger is on a two-fight win streak and looks to keep his momentum going forward in the hopes of another world title shot in 2011. Before he can think about a title fight, he must get past Periban on April 30.

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2011 National Golden Gloves Action Moves into Day Two With 52 Preliminary Round Bouts in Indianapolis

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – 2011 National Golden Gloves competition moved into day two on Tuesday evening as the remaining five weight divisions took part in preliminary round action at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The flyweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions battled in their first round bouts with all of the victors from both Monday and Tuesday’s competition advancing to Wednesday’s action.

Boxers in all 10 weight divisions will return to the ring on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the competitors vying for a berth in Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

Tuesday’s Preliminary Results

114 lbs: Louie Byrd, Colorado-New Mexico dec. Emilo Sanchez, California

114 lbs: Gabriel Montoya, Rocky Mtn dec. Nicholas Hunt, Tri-State

114 lbs: Keenan Evans, Mid-South dec. Alfredo Moreno, Kansas, Oklahoma

114 lbs: Stephon Young, St. Louis dec. Dido Rodrigues, Hawaii

132 lbs: Lavisas Williams, Buffalo dec. Ronnie Reams, Colorado-New Mexico

132 lbs: Albert Bell, Toledo dec. David Craddock, Tri-State

132 lbs: Erick DeLeon, Detroit dec. Jose Ramirez, California

132 lbs: Louis Cruz, New York Metro dec. Joel Aviles, New Jersey

132 lbs: Adam Castillo, Texas dec. Raeese Aleem, Michigan

132 lbs: Kenneth Sims Jr, Chicago dec. Clemente Vega, Nevada

132 lbs: Toka Kahn Clary, New England dec. Alies Sandoval, Rocky Mountain

132 lbs: William Flenoy, Cleveland dec. Mikail Jones, Cincinnati

132 lbs: Damon Allen, Wisconsin dec. Bobby Hornsby, Knoxville

132 lbs: Kevin Rivers Jr, Washington DC dec. Travis Thomas, Iowa

132 lbs: Edgar Javalera, Kansas City dec. Nate Rubin, Upper Midwest

152 lbs: Christopher Galeano, NY Metro dec. Burim Beqiri, Michigan

152 lbs: Anthony Gangemi, New Jersey dec. Jonathan Williams, Cincinnati

152 lbs: Arturo Trujillo, Pennsylvania stopped Donald Griffin, Mid South, RSC-2

152 lbs: Clayton Pitts, California dec. Jeremiah Millett, St. Louis

152 lbs: Chris Gilbert, New England dec. Diego Garibay, Indiana

152 lbs: David Grayton, Washington DC dec. Levi Patterson, Cleveland

152 lbs: Terrence York, Knoxville dec. Dillon Cook, Kansas City

152 lbs: Tony Losey, Kansas, Oklahoma dec. VeShawn Owens, Upper Midwest

152 lbs: Tony Harrison, Detroit dec. Jose Sanchez, Colorado, New Mexico

152 lbs: Cesar Vila, Texas dec. Dante Witcher, Toledo

152 lbs: Alex Martin, Chicago dec. Luis Olivares Jr, Nevada

152 lbs: Cruse Stewart, Iowa dec. Derik Jensen, Rocky Mountain

152 lbs: Miquel Crus, Florida dec. Michael Goins, Tri-State


178 lbs: DeVaun Lee, New York Metro dec. Aaron Wright, Pennsylvania

178 lbs: Jerry Odom, Washington DC dec. Colt Caselman, Kansas City

178 lbs: Craig Duncan, Florida dec. Marquice Weston, Nevada

178 lbs: Malcolm Jones, Indiana dec. Charles Howard, Cincinnati

178 lbs: Anthony Barnes, Detroit dec. Dillon Fowler, Rocky Mountain

178 lbs: Siju Shabazz, Colorado-New Mexico dec. Gregory Sykes, Iowa

178 lbs: Sean Daniels, New Jersey dec. Alex Alexander, Toledo

178 lbs: Corey Richards, Texas dec. Ziatko Ledic, California

178 lbs: Julius Butler, St. Louis dec. Lamont Miller, Buffalo

178 lbs: Armando Pina III, Chicago dec. Michael Reid, Wisconsin

178 lbs: Sean Bettencourt, New England stopped Adam Rossow, Michigan, RSC-1

178 lbs: Manny Contreras, Upper Midwest stopped Travis Hilton, Tri, State, RSC-3

201+ lbs: Michael Lowery, New Jersey dec. Owen Minor, New England

201+ lbs: Donavan Dennis, Iowa dec. Matt Maloney, Knoxville

201+ lbs: Juan Goode, Detroit dec. Benjamin Ferrin, Rocky Mountain

201+ lbs: Trevor Bryan Jr, Buffalo dec. Vincent Hadley, St. Louis

201+ lbs: Lucas Downs, Tri-State dec. Nicholas Asberry, Chicago

201+ lbs: Cameron Glenn, Michigan stopped Chris Jewett, Indiana, RSC-2

201+ lbs: Elijah Thomas, New York Metro dec. Marquise Valentine, Toledo

201+ lbs: Josiah McCormick, Texas dec. Shaun Seymore, Cincinnati

201+ lbs: Jerrell Reeves, Washington DC dec. Joseph White, Florida

201+ lbs: Edward Latimore, Pennsylvania dec. Dominic Breazeale, California

201+ lbs: Juan Ramos Jr, Colorado-New Mexico dec. Marc Ward, Cleveland

201+ lbs: Lenroy “Cam” Thompson, Kansas City dec. Darte Stone, Nevada

* Please note that the geographical descriptors following the athlete names note the boxers’ Golden Gloves franchises rather than the hometowns.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic, style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee

Article posted on 27.04.2011



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