Mayweather and Mosley's dads speak up

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Posted at Apr 09 2010 11:28 AM | Updated as of Apr 10 2010 01:17 AM

Floyd Sr.: Mosley more difficult than Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – The fathers of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Shane Mosley stood up for their sons with less than a month until their “Who R U Picking?” main event on May 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayweather and Mosley used to be trained by their trainers, Floyd Sr. and Jack, respectively.

Floyd Jr. is being trained by his father’s brother, Roger, while Shane’s trainer is Naazim Richardson.

“Shane and I have both been in the sport a long time and have tremendous backgrounds coming from boxing families. When you take the two and put them together you get a very exciting fight,” Floyd Jr. commented in a FightFan.com article by Ace Freeman.

It was natural for the fathers to root for their sons in the upcoming fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

But Floyd Sr. countered Jack’s prediction that Shane would win.

“First off, I heard these crazy things from Jack about what Shane is going to do. Shane is going to get his ass whooped. This is what's going to happen because little Floyd is faster than Shane, much faster, much slicker, more clever, smarter and he has so many things that he can do,” Floyd Sr. said in articles posted on BoxingScene.com and FightHype.com.

Despite writing Shane off, Floyd Sr. said that the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight super champion is a tougher opponent for the undefeated Floyd Jr. than 7-division world champion and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.

“On the real, I think Shane would be the tougher fight. Shane would be the tougher fight because of certain reasons, so figure it out. Shane would be a much tougher fight than that ‘whatever’ over there that fights like a machine,” added Floyd Sr.

Pacquiao was supposed to be Mayweather’s opponent last March. Their fight did not push through because of their disagreement on the drug testing protocol.

The Filipino boxing icon even sued Floyd Jr., Floyd Sr., Roger Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions executives Oscar de la Hoya and Richard Schaefer for alleging that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Shane's power-boxing

Jack, on the other hand, said that Shane will get the better of the undefeated Floyd Jr. with his immense power and notable speed. He said his son “hits like a heavyweight” and is “fast enough to hit Floyd over and over and over again.” (Click here)

He continued: “Shane is a boxer-puncher. I call it power-boxing. I'm thinking that when you're boxing a guy who may be defensive in all of his other fights, he may not be as defensive against a guy of Shane's talent. In that respect, I think Shane will be too much for Floyd to handle. He's too powerful.”

Shane was slated to face Andre Berto last January but the latter pulled out because his family was affected by the Haiti earthquake.

Moreover, Jack revealed that Team Mosley already had a fight strategy against Floyd Jr. 10 years ago.

“We've had strategies to fight Floyd, since Floyd's been boxing... so if we ever had the chance to fight him - we already knew how to fight Floyd, and beat him. It won't be a surprise to me when Shane beats him. We already studied him over and over and I'm sure Floyd studied Shane over and over,” noted Jack. – With reports from FightHype.com and BoxingScene.com