LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – American Shane Mosley’s adviser met the promoter of boxing’s number one fighter Manny Pacquiao yesterday to finalise terms on a May 7 bout in Las Vegas, the former welterweight champion said.
Filipino Pacquiao (52-3-2) was expected to reveal his next opponent during his 32nd birthday celebrations in Manilla on Friday but the eight-division champion did not make any announcement. Mosley (46-6-1) said his adviser James Prince and Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum will “go over the particulars and maybe sign” a contract for the fight. “We’ve already discussed the fight about three-four weeks ago, so now we’ll go over it again,” Mosley told the Los Angeles Times.
“Both sides just need to commit to what we’ve talked about and then I think we’re done.” Arum had said Mosley was on a shortlist of three possible opponents along with undefeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-0) and Mexico’s WBA and WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1), who has a draw and a loss against Pacquiao in previous bouts.