MANILA, Philippines – A close fight to be won by "Sugar" Shane Mosley.
This is the opinion of Roger Mayweather, trainer and uncle of undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., regarding the match between Mosley and Filipino pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao on May 7.
"I truly believe Mosley would stop Pacquiao," Roger said in an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio.
"But under the circumstances under what they’re talking about, the fight is still going to be close," he added.
Pacquiao will clash with Mosley in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Amid reports that Mosley will be "getting some good money for the fight," Roger believes the American will still not let Pacquiao humble him.
"He [Mosley] ain’t going to lay down," the trainer said.
Roger is part of the Mayweather camp sued by Pacquiao back in December 2009.
Pacquiao's camp said Roger, Floyd, Jr., and Floyd Sr. defamed him by accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Also named in the charge are Floyd Jr.'s promoters Oscar de la Hoya and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions. Pacquiao demanded $75,000 in damages.
Pacman and catch weights
Roger also claimed that the reason behind Pacquiao's success is that the Filipino always demands that his opponents fight at catch weights.
“You know what, anytime I see Pacquiao fight somebody, he’s fighting them at a catch weight... He ain’t never fought no dudes who fought at their regular weight class. He fights them dudes at a catch weight. Oh, you can’t weigh this! Oh, you can’t weigh that!" he claimed.
Roger said Pacquiao's catch weight demand took its toll on Antonio Margarito, whom the Filipino outpunched to a lopsided decision last November.
The Pacquiao-Margarito fight, which was for the World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight (154 pounds) title, took place at a 150-pound catch weight.
"Antonio Margarito had been off I don’t know how long. Oh, you know, you can’t weight more than 150. That’s what they say. He fights all them dudes at catch weights," said Roger.
'Floyd, Jr. has to come back'
Meanwhile, Roger also revealed that Floyd, Jr., considered by many to be Pacquiao's closest rival, will be returning to the boxing ring soon.
This, despite the legal troubles faced by the controversial boxer since late 2010, including a complaint for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend and poking a finger at the face of a security officer.
"I think most of that is pretty much cleared up," he said. "The thing about it is yeah, he has to get back in the ring."
"That’s how you make money and that’s how you further your legacy," Roger added.
Roger also said he, too, anticipates a Pacquiao-Floyd, Jr. match, dubbed as the "Fight of the Century," only if the Filipino champ topples Mosley.
"Hopefully, I don’t know, but hopefully my nephew and Pacquiao will fight. If Shane Mosley beats Pacquiao, then we ain’t even got to worry about that," he said.