Mosley Compares Self to Pacquiao, Vows to Clean Out Welterweight Ranks

Greggy RomualdezCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2009

Fresh from a victory over Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley in a phone interview with a Philippine-based daily boasted that he intends to reign supreme in the welterweight division.

“I’m looking to clean out the whole welterweight division,” said Mosley. He also expressed willingness to face pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao. “I’m kinda like Pacquiao but in a bigger form. I’m a whole different specimen,” he said.

In a possible fight with Pacquiao, Mosley said he would have the edge, claiming he is bigger, stronger and a more determined fighter. With Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s seeming reluctance to stage a comeback fight with Pacquiao, Mosley looms as a likely opponent should the Pacman get past Ricky Hatton this May 2.

Mosley will seem quite a formidable foe for Pacquiao. Having knocked out Margarito who is known for his ability to take punishment, and has fought as a light-middleweight, Mosley definitely has the speed and power to deal with Pacquiao.

But whether he can catch Pacquiao, a speedster himself with dazzling footwork—remains to be seen. And Mosely himself has never been stopped, even by bigger more powerful opponents.

If there was someone whom observers thought might knock him out, it was the “hard fisted” Margarito. While Pacquiao has proven to be extremely powerful in the lower weight divisions, does he have the goods to take out a bigger, stronger Mosley?

Or can he perhaps dance around Sugar Shane for 12 rounds, use his speed and footwork to land combinations and move in and out without being tagged, and nab a win via decision?

But before all else, the Pacman should not look beyond Hatton. His performance against the Hitman will determine whether or not he is capable of holding his own against Shane Mosley.