Manny Pac­quiao to face Mosley May 7 in Las Ve­gas

The Pak Banker - - International -

WINDSOR: Manny Pac­quiao will fight Shane Mosley, a for­mer cham­pion in three di­vi­sions, on May 7 in Las Ve­gas, pro­moter Bob Arum said Tues­day.

The fight, to be held at the MGM Grand, will be con­tested at the wel­ter­weight limit of 147 pounds, Top Rank pro­moter Arum told Reuters in a tele­phone in­ter­view. "Mosley is very dan­ger­ous, he's a very slick fighter, very ex­pe­ri­enced," said Arum. "Manny's style is made to or­der for Shane. It should be a very, very in­ter­est- ing fight." Af­ter con­sid­er­ing a choice be­tween Mosley, light­weight cham­pion Juan Manuel Mar­quez and WBC wel­ter­weight cham­pion An­dre Berto, Pac­quiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) in­formed Arum of his choice last week in the Philip­pines. "He (Pac­quiao) liked Mosley be­cause Mosley is bet­ter known than the other two," Arum said of the choice. "It is a name se­lec­tion. He picked the guy that is known to more peo­ple be­cause that is go­ing to gen­er­ate in­ter­est in the fight."

Arum said fi­nal­ized the bout on Tues­day. The 32-yearold Pac­quiao, the cur­rent WBO wel­ter­weight cham­pion and widely con­sid­ered the world's best pound-for-pounder fighter, would have pre­ferred a bout with un­de­feated Floyd May­weather Jr., said Arum. "We made no se­cret that May­weather was our top pri­or­ity," said Arum. "All May­weather had to do was sig­nal to us that he would have been avail­able pend­ing his court sit­u­a­tion and we would have waited, but we heard noth­ing from him. -Ap

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