MANILA, Philippines -- For former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, fighting boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is his chance to “shock the world”.
The 39-year-old American boxer said he want to disprove claims that he’s already past his peak by knocking out Pacquiao on May 7.
"It's great. A lot of times, people, they see that I might look vulnerable, and that maybe, I look like I'm on my way out," he said in Boxing Fanhouse.com.
"You know, my response is that some of those guys don't really know boxing... They don't understand how I'm going to knock him (Pacquiao) out," he added.
Mosley plans to go toe-to-toe against the 32-year-old Pacquiao when they meet in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Filipino champ's World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown.
"I'm definitely going to be in shape. You can expect Sugar Shane to be in great shape," he said.
Mosley (46-6-1) is coming off two disappointing matches in 2010.
Last September, he was held to a controversial draw by Sergio Mora. Months earlier, he lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was considered as Pacquiao’s closest rival.
On the other hand, Pacquiao (52-3-2) has been undefeated 13 straight times since 2005.
Chink in armor
Mosley, however, said sees a chink in Pacquiao’s armor.
"Manny is a top, tough fighter. He's very fast and moves very well, punches very well, and he's very explosive, that will probably be his downfall," he said.
The American boxer said most of Pacquiao’s opponents went head on against the Filipino champ, and “some point with their hands up.”
“I think that my speed, and my hitting power and my physical strength are going to be a factor in the fight," he said.
He cited as an example Pacquiao’s fight against “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito.
Mosley said the Filipino sustained a lot of bruises because of Margarito’s shots.
"Watching the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, I was kind of surprised at how many times Margarito was able to hit Manny Pacquiao... When me and Margarito fought, he didn't land that many shots on me," he said.
Mosley said that if he was the one in Margarito’s place, he would have already knocked out the Filipino champion.
“I know that Margarito, being able to land those types of shots, I should be able to land some good shots as well, being that I'm a lot faster," he said.
Mosley fought Margarito in January 2009, halting the Mexican in the 9th round.
Mosley said that unlike Pacquiao, he didn’t get many bruises from Margarito.
"I didn't get that many bruises or lumps or anything. That was just very surprising," he said.
'An exciting fight'
Nevertheless, Mosley expects an exciting fight from Pacquiao.
"You can expect a great fight. Manny Pacquiao is an explosive and very exciting fighter. Just like me. He loves to fight, and I love to fight," he said.
"When you have two guys like that in there together, it's like a head-on collision. It's going to be one night to remember," Mosley added.