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Mayweather, Mosley speak

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Floyd Mayweather: “If Manny Pacquaio wants to fight, it is not hard to find me. We were going to make the fight a couple of months back but it didn’t happen. I take my hat off to Mosley. He had problems in the past but he’s a warrior. He took the blood and urine tests. I just want everyone to be on an even playing field. If every athlete is clean in the sport of boxing, take the test. If Manny Pacquaio takes the blood and urine tests, we can fight. If he doesn’t, we won’t make the fight.

“Here was another tremendous fight, another tremendous turn out.

“There was a point to prove; to see who was the best welterweight out there.

“Do I have to fight? No I don’t have to fight, absolutely not. I truly believe the numbers we did are unbelievable.

“I always say, put them in front of me, I’ll beat them.

“My dad, Roger and I have chemistry. The game plan was unbelievable. I looked back at my dad and he’s telling me something. I looked back at Roger and he’s telling me the same thing.

“I’ve got the will to win under the lights, but we all don’t form under the lights the same.

“After a while I think Mosley went into survival mode. All he was trying to do was survive.

“Every fight is different, every fighter is different. Everyone was talking about how Mosley is stronger, how Mosley is faster. I rocked him more than he rocked me.

“At one point I thought he was going to cough it up, but he held on valiantly.

“I’ve been dominating fighters since the 90s, but I always say I’m closer to 40 than I am to 21. I’m not chasing fighters.

“Even with the second round, I knew I was the strongest guy form the beginning. Every fighter is totally different.

“Mentally in the fight I was talking to him. Telling him ‘Your jab isn’t faster than mine; if it is let me see.’

“Over the years, when I’m at home, I never study an opponent. They are going to be totally different in the ring.

“I believe that it’s not bragging or boasting if you can back it up.

“The ultimate goal it to try to find a fighter than can beat me. There’s a lot of young tough fighters out there that I take my hat off to, that I want to see do well.

“As of right now we just want to go home, reevaluate a few things, and see what we come up with. As of right now I just want to spend some time with my family.

“I’m here to just fight the best that’s out there and be the best you can be.

“Zab Judah hit me with a better shot and DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley hit me with a better shot.

“I think he tried, but it’s just me being able to show my versatility to adapt and adjust. My game plan was going to work, break him down in every way.

“I think a lot of people are surprised. I just believe in myself, these types of things happen in big fights.”

Sugar Shane Mosley: “I tried, it was a good fight, it was that close. He’s a hell of a fighter. He’s a great fighter. He did what he needed to do to win the fight.

“I tip my hat to him. I thank him for taking the challenge.

“He was hurt real bad when I hit him with that shot.

“I think after I caught him with that big right hand I opened up to much and played into his hands. I was too tight. When I hit him with the big right hand, I thought I was going to get the knockout.

“He started to avoid the punches. He did surprise me. Once I tried to get my timing back, I couldn’t adjust and he did. I am happy I took the fight. He is a true champion. Now you will see him and Manny, if Manny takes the blood test.

“I will go back home and look at the tape, take it slow when I get home and we’ll see what happens.”

Roger Mayweather, Mayweather’s Trainer: “Mosley has very fast hands, but he doesn’t have a jab. He had tremendous hand speed, but it means nothing if you cant hit the target. You’ve got to be able to hit the target. Mosley is fast if he fights somebody slow, but it’s different if it’s somebody faster….He (Mayweather) boxed his ass off, and the fight wasn’t even close.”

Naazim Richardson, Mosley’s Trainer: “It was a great ride the outcome wasn’t what we anticipated. I just got back from cursing out Shane. He was mad, saying that he didn’t listen to his trainer and that he didn’t follow his training. I had to tell him no one talks badly about my fighter, not even him. Floyd Mayweather is special. He’s trained by special people. Nothing I saw surprised me. That fireball hit us, when that fireball hit us, our heads got kind of hot in there.”

Oscar De La Hoya, President Of Golden Boy Promotions: “We have to really respect what we have just witnessed. The best boxer on the planet is Mayweather, in my mind, in Mosley’s mind, in everybody’s mind. He is the best. Tonight convinced me that he is the best

“He has the talent, he has the work ethic and people all over the world are become fans.

“He fought Shane Mosely, which was supposed to be the most dangerous fight of his career, and he showed us why he is the best.

“Mayweather can decide who he wants to fight now. He can decide who, when and where.

“Mayweather is on he is on a different level because he a student of the game he will dissect you outside the ring and finish you inside the ring

“Special boxers like Mayweather, we talk about them forever.

“He showed me true greatness because I felt that he was going to go down. That he was not going to be able handle Mosley’s punch. It just shows you Mayweather is the real deal. I am a firm believer Mayweather is the best we have.”

Richard Schaefer, CEO Of Golden Boy Promotions: “Great crowd, it really is Las Vegas and many stars showed up. That is what Las Vegas brings, the glitz and the glamour. When the fight started people were yelling Mosley because there were a lot of haters, in the end, they were yelling ‘Money’ Mayweather. It was certainly a big night for Money Mayweather. Its going to be big, big pay-per-view numbers, that I can assure you.”




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