- Nov 17, 2007
"I'll meet him halfway so we can make the fight," said Mosley in an exclusive interview aired by NBN-4 sports program Teledyaryoyesterday.
Mosley, the champion at 147 lb, said he's willing to go down in weight, face Pacquiao on Oct. 17, and stake his crown just to see "who's thebest."
Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, said they're willing to face Mosley if the latter would agree to go down to 142 lb. Then Mosley said"halfway" could mean 144 lb.
"I can possibly make the weight and feel comfortable. I want to explore that," said Mosley.
Snow Badua of Teledyaryo asked Mosley if he'd be willing to stake his WBA crown against Pacquiao, and the 37-year-old, 5-foot-9 champion said,"Yeah, definitely."
Mosley also said the purse split shouldn't be a problem, even if Pacquiao, now the pound-for-pound king, gets more.
"We will negotiate. Whatever is fair is what we're gonna talk about. Maybe we can get a good split," said Mosley, adding that Richard Schaeferof Golden Boy, his promoter, will do the negotiating for him.
"That's what Richard Schaefer does," he said. "Whatever is fair for both and we all make the money."
Pacquiao said in his column that came out of philboxing.com the other day that he's not afraid of anyone, and that he won't back down from anyfight, even if it means fighting in a different weight class for the fourth straight time.
He fought Juan Manuel Marquez at 130, David Diaz at 135, Oscar dela Hoya at 147 and Ricky Hatton at 140 over the last 14 months, and won them all.
Mosley, now considered as the top candidate to face Pacquiao, ahead of fellow welter Miguel Cotto, said money is not the issue.
"That's not the main issue. Let's see who's the best fighter," said Mosley, who hasn't fought under 147 for the last 10 years.
source : http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=473697&publicationSubCategoryId=69
After learning about Shane Mosley's interest in going down a weight class to fight, Manny Pacquiao reportedly said to GMA News in the Philippines:
"No problem, we can fight. As long as we negotiate."
Mosley responded with a press release today saying he would agree to a 40/60 split. Apparently, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy and Bob Arum of Top Rank areworking out the details now. Or not:
Bob Arum said recently:
"This has absolutely no credibility to it. Manny hasn't decided who he's going to fight."
Either way, the interest is there and if you know boxing enough, interest goes a long way (e.g., De La Hoya vs. Manny). If it the deal is close, who willwin? And:
Floyd Mayweahter, Jr. who?