Pacquiao Ready to go 12 Rounds with Mosley
With his World Welterweight Championship fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley just over a week away, pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao said he is not too concerned about scoring a quick victory when he faces the durable American on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao said in a recent interview that he is prepared to go the distance and is not specifically aiming to become the first fighter to knockout Mosley, who has never been stopped in 54 professional fights. “We are not very focused on the knockout,” the eight-division champion from the Philippines said. “If the knockout comes, it will come. We have prepared ourselves that we are fighting 12 rounds.”
While Pacquiao is downplaying his chances of knocking out Mosley, the Filipino congressman’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has a different take on how the bout should end. “I think all fights should end in knockouts so I am looking for a knockout,” Roach said, even as he acknowledged the difficulty of stopping Mosley. “Shane is a tough guy and a very durable guy and it would be a feather in Manny’s cap to be the first one to stop him.”