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Manny Pacquiao Expects Best Shots From Shane Mosley

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  Manny Pacquiao (L) and Shane Mosley pose for photographs to promote their upcoming fight at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on February 14, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Troy SparksColumnistOctober 20, 2016

Who is Shane Mosley fooling in his upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao next month?  If you want the pound-for-pound champ to get serious about the match, nothing less than Mosley's "A" game will do.

There is at least a 60 percent chance Mosley will give Pacquiao a run for his money in their fight.  The Pac Man, according to Phil Star, is confident that Mosley is training hard to beat him.

We will believe the seriousness of Mosley when we see it on fight night.  After a couple of action-packed rounds against Floyd Mayweather last year, he became a punching bag.

So the senior citizen of boxing can either be the punching bag for Pacquiao or pull out some magic and score an upset.

Many boxing fans think Mosley will get killed in the ring by Pacquiao.  Don't worry about it.  Mosley can hold his own.

Pacquiao was so overconfident in the weeks leading up to the fight that he took some days off from training.  We saw this kind of layoff in his training schedule for the Antonio Margarito match, and we all know what happened.

This is not the type of fight that draws a lot of interest, especially since both fighters are under the Top Rank stable.  It's like family members fighting each other.

Since the fight will be on Showtime, don't expect a "24/7" series on that channel.  It probably would have been an all-access series by now if the fight was on HBO.

If Mosley wins, does Pacquiao hang up the gloves? 

If Pacquiao wins, will he leave the door open for Mayweather, Juan Manuel Marquez or some other underdog boxer looking to get into his mix?

If the Pac Man can't get Mayweather to come out of his fear or if he doesn't want to go round-for-round with Marquez a third time, then he should exit stage right and off into the sunset.

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