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Mayweather Enters With Confidence
It’s official fight week for one of the most anticipated bouts of the year between WBA welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (40-0, 25 KOs) this Saturday, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather has gone on record saying that there is no method toward solving the puzzle on how to beat him. “There’s no remedy on how to beat Floyd Mayweather,” said Mosley during a recent conference call.
“There’s no remedy on how to beat me yet. So the thing is this, everyone is trying to solve the problem. It’s like a difficult math problem that no one can solve. No one can solve it. So, they go and try to solve the problem, how to beat Floyd Mayweather.”
Mosley enters this fight with star-studded credentials. Mosley, a three-division world titlist, is the only man to have twice defeated Oscar De La, twice stop Fernando Vargas, and the only man to KO Antonio Margarito.
Mosley has speed, power, and an ability to simply punish fighters. But Mayweather isn’t just any fighter. Mayweather is one of the most gifted and athletically-intelligent fighters in the world. As many point to their similarities, Mayweather believes that there are also vast differences.
“I think we’re totally different,” Mayweather said. “I think that he’s a fighter that always worries about landing one big shot. He’s worried about who is extremely strong and I worry about being smart and winning. So we approach fighting in two total different ways, always.”
Added Mayweather: “I mean, Shane may be loading up with wide shots and kind of using not really a fuller jab and I use a fuller jab. You know when I shoot my shots, I look at my opponents and I look where I’m punching.”
“When Shane punches a lot of times, he closes his eyes if you go back and look at some of Shane’s fights. So I think we are two total different fighters.”
Mayweather wasn’t shy about declaring his greatness. One day, Mayweather will make the Hall of Fame as a first-time ballot selection. He deserves it. However, some people chagrinned when Mayweather went as far as saying he was better than Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson.
“Why not?,” Mayweather asked. “I got respect for Sugar Ray Robinson. I’ve got respect for Muhammad Ali. But I’m a man just like they’re men. I put on my pants just like they put on their pants. What makes them any better than I am? Because they fought a thousand fights? In my era, it’s totally different.”
“It’s pay-per-view now, so things change,” Mayweather said. “It’s out with the old and in with the new. Things change. Like I said, Muhammad Ali is one hell of a fighter.
But Floyd Mayweather is the best.”
“Sugar Ray Robinson is one hell of a fighter, but Floyd Mayweather is the best.”
“Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” will be televised exclusively on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. PT) at a suggested retail of $54.99.
Mosley’s coveted welterweight championship belt will not be at stake. Should Mosley lose however, the WBA 147-pound title will be declared vacant.
“At this level, Floyd did not; it’s not about belts,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “It’s about fighting, like he said, to improve his legacy and also it’s about money.
Emmy Award-winning performer Mandy Patinkin’s character of “Mr. Huxley” on “Elmo in Grouchland” said it best:
“Some may call it greed.
It’s Not! It’s need!”
Free Undercard Preview to be shown
There will be a “free undercard preview” of the “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” HBO Pay-Per-View event this Saturday. The free-view will feature a pair of non-televised undercard bouts to be distributed by a list of cable-satellite service providers including DirecTV, Dish Network, inDEMAND, and TVN beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/ 4:00 p.m. PT.
Competing will be undefeated junior welterweight prospect Jesse Vargas (9-0, 4 KOs) vs. Arturo Mora (25-13-1, 14 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Also, unbeaten junior lightweight Eloy Perez (16-0-2, 4 KOs) vs. Gilberto Leon (23-7-2, 7 KOs) in a ten-rounder.
Mayweather vs. Mosley 24/7 finale info The finale of HBOÂ®’s all-access reality series “24/7 Mayweather/Mosley” debuts Friday, Apr.
30 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Episodes one thru three are available on HBO ON DEMANDÂ®.
All four episodes will air consecutively on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET on the main service.