Pacquiao to face Mosley May 7 in Las Vegas

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

Manny Pacquiao

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 interesting 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 the bout was finalized on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old 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.

“Nobody has talked to him, he hasn’t talked to anybody.”

Mayweather, 33, was arrested at a Las Vegas casino last  week on a misdemeanor battery charge after he allegedly  assaulted a security guard at his gated community.

The 39-year-old Mosley, a Californian, is 46-6-1 with 39  knockouts but has a loss and a draw in his last two fights. He  dropped a unanimous decision to Mayweather in May and had a  draw with Sergio Mora in September.

Marquez fought Pacquiao to a draw in a 2004 featherweight  championship fight and lost a split decision in a 2008 junior  lightweight title fight.

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