MANILA, Philippines – “Sugar” Shane Mosley said Floyd Mayweather Jr. will face a speed he’s never handled before on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I think what I'm bringing into the ring is the speed…the speed that he's not really used to,” Mosley said in ESPN’s The Magazine.
The World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion said Mayweather, who is undefeated in 40 fights, is used to fighting smaller or slower guys. The former pound-for-pound champ has a total of 25 knockouts.
“When somebody is as fast as you and as big as you and stronger than you, it's a whole different flavor, whole different style,” said Mosley.
The 38-year-old welterweight champ added that age is a non-factor in the fight.
In fact, he thinks he’s better than ever.
“I don't feel I'm past my prime. I still feel good, super sharp and for some reason, I feel like I'm getting better and better,” said Mosley.
Mosley, who has fought the likes of Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Fernando Vargas and Oscar de la Hoya, has a record of 46-5 with 39 knockouts.
Mayweather earlier said he is not worried about Mosley’s abilities inside the ring.
"Nothing bothers me. I got nothing to worry about. There's a way to beat him. He wants to rush me? He'll get clipped," he told LATimes.com‘s Lance Pugmire.
He even made fun of the reigning WBA welterweight champ.
"[He] punches with his eyes closed," said Mayweather, adding that his opponent is distracted by divorce proceedings and has been acting differently, citing Mosley's new arm tattoo and "nose job."
"Shane's talented. I'm gifted," said the boxer, who is considered the next best opponent for Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.
However, Mosley insisted that he remains a dangerous fighter.
“I understand the moves. My speed, my power and my movements are still there,” he said.