Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pacquiao picks Mosley over Marquez

Newly-crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight king Manny Pacquiao said he is willing to face former champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Pacquiao said a battle against Mosley may turn out to be a more interesting fight than with his other rival, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.

He added that the former World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion has a wider fan base compared to Marquez.

“Marquez? Siguro walang manonood... walang pay-per-view (Marquez? Nobody might watch us… no pay-per-view),” said Pacquiao.

Mosley has been chasing Pacquiao since the Filipino won over Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto in 2009. After Pacquiao’s win over Mexico’s Antonio Margarito, Mosley reached out to promoter Bob Arum to negotiate the fight despite being a shareholder of Golden Boy Promotions (GBP). GBP is the business rival of Arum’s Top Rank promotions.

Marquez, meanwhile, has already fought Pacquiao twice. The first fight was in May 2004 when the match ended in a draw despite Pacquiao scoring 3 knockdowns over Marquez. A rematch took place in March 2008 when the Filipino champion again decked the gutsy Mexican for a split decision. Both fights ended in controversial fashion.

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