Trainer: Mosley's in good shape

Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Mar 18 2011 05:52 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2011 01:52 AM

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The countdown to the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley bout begins as both fighters gear up for the upcoming May 7 fight at the MGM Grand in las Vegas.

Pacquiao started his training in Baguio, while Mosley continues to train at home in Big Bear, California.

Mosley's trainer, Nazim Richardson, said in an exclusive interview that they too are preparing for this bout because it has been a year since his fighter last fought with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

"He is in good shape so he should be in good shape for the show,” said Richardson.

“I said before the Mayweather [fight], the better match up is Pacquiao and Shane… I think it's a better match with Pacquiao because they're both warriors and they happen to have great personalities, conduct themselves in a very professional manner," he added.

Richardson said that they have been studying the Pacman's moves and how to counter Pacquiao's punches.

He also said Mosley's strength in boxing should never be underestimated just because of he is 39 years old.

Mosley is known for his killer punch and his fighting style.

"A young man may be able to outrun you, but if you're older and experienced, you may know a shortcut to get faster than the young man," said Richardson.

Sadness for Japan
Richardson took the opportunity express his feelings for the victims of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"Boxing is a sport, boxing is a business. When we are talking about things about national disaster, we are talking about real lives and life and death situation, we send all our prayers to all the victims of the tsunami and earthquake ‘cause all we can do is pray for you and wish for best and hope they can recover from this devastation," he said.

Pacquiao's former opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez, also extended his prayers for the victims in Japan.

"In Japan, I feel this case, the tsunami… I feel bad for the Japanese people, it's a great people, great country," said Marquez.

Mosley's camp said that even though they are busy training, they continue to watch the news and get the latest update on Japan’s tragedy.

They call on people from all over the world to continue praying for Japan.