Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions Presents “Ultimate MMA Showdown” Preview

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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“Sugar” Shane Mosley takes off the boxing gloves and puts on his promoter’s hat for “Ultimate MMA Showdown” a scheduled 10-bout MMA card showcasing the top up and coming amateurs of mixed martial arts.  Mosley held world titles in three weight divisions in boxing, making him one of the sport’s brightest stars ever.  Mosley is determined to have the same impact on MMA as he did in boxing only this time as a promoter putting on some of the biggest events instead of headlining them.

In the main event, in the heavyweight division, Sergio Marroquin (2-0) fights Luis Cruz (1-0).  Marroquin is a heavy puncher and put to sleep his two opponents via KO in spectacular fashion.  Marroquin is a big heavyweight and loves to sit down on his punches and make the fight a brawl.  Cruz also packs dynamite in both of his hands as his victory came via KO in only six seconds!  Don’t blink when these two brahma bulls lock horns as there are sure to be plenty of fireworks as long as it lasts.  Someone is going down hard!

In other action, two other heavyweights square off as it will be Miguel Cortorreal versus Kenosha Saunders with both men making their MMA debuts.  Cortorreal trains out of Kihon MMA while Saunders is from Joe Stevenson’s Cobra Kai gym.  Both of these gladiators are looking at making a splash in the sport and who knows, the winner of this bout could face the winner of the main event down the road with a title on the line.

Two other fighters will be stepping into the cage for the first time when 26 year old Frederick Payne Jr squares off against 18 year old Jamal Pogues in a light heavyweight bout.  Payne Jr trains with Global Force Fitness where he is known for his all-around game.  Pogues is out of Joe Stevenson’s Cobra Kai and is one of the most athletic fighters to hit the cage in recent memory.

Other fighters scheduled to compete include:  Cole Bates, Lindsey Arcangel, Raul Hernandez, Anthony Weller, James Adamson, Johnny Fiedler, Steven Hartman, Roberto Hernandez, Dale Jackson and more.

Don’t miss this stacked card featuring some of the top amateur fighters of California emanating from the Mosley Manor in Pomona, California.  Watch the champions of tomorrow compete today on this stacked card as Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions delivers its inaugural event, on January 18, streaming live on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv!

Undefeated Lightweight Gesta Meets Barnett on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Former Light Middleweight Champion Shane Mosley Ringside

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Undefeated Lightweight southpaw Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (25-0-1, 13 KOs) will meet Ty Barnett (20-2-1, 13 KOs) August 3 in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s show will air at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Las Vegas. The card is presented by Top Rank Promotions.

Former Light Middleweight Champion Shane Mosley, filling in for Teddy Atlas, will be ringside with Joe Tessitore for ESPN2 HD and ESPN3 at Texas Station Casino describing the action, while studio host Bernardo Osuna will present all the latest boxing news and highlights, including a report by Atlas from the London Olympics updating the U.S. Boxing team. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio.

Action will feature the “Live Friday Night Fights facebook Voting App,” an application on the FNF facebook page allowing viewers to vote round-by-round.

Main Event:
California’s Gesta has won his last 15 fights, including an April eighth-round TKO over Oscar Cuero.

After that fight, ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote: “Gesta opened the pay-per-view card with a solid victory against Cuero. He attacked Cuero’s body well and landed good right hands. Cuero absorbed a lot of shots and looked very weary going back to his corner after the sixth round. In the seventh round, Gesta, a southpaw, dropped him with a right hook to the body. Cuero’s pride got him to his feet by nine but he was falling apart. In the eighth round, Gesta landed a right to the temple that sent Cuero down to a knee. He got up, but he was toast and the referee stopped the fight at 1 minute, 38 seconds.”

Washington D.C.’s Barnett, a former stable mate of Anthony and Lamont Peterson is coming off a May seventh-round TKO win over Robert DaLuz.

“I am just going to go in there in do what I do best, any adjustments that need to be made I’ll make the adjustment”, said Barnett about facing Gesta. “Gesta has decent speed and a little power but at the end of the day it’s nothing that I haven’t seen.”

Co-Feature:
Friday’s co-feature will pit undefeated Lightweight Mickey Bey (18-0-1, 9 KOs) of Cleveland by way of Las Vegas, against “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (30-12-1, 6 KOs) of Denver. Bey, a 2004 U.S. Olympian, is coming off an eight-round decision win over Hector Velazquez, while Frankel will look to rebound from a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Cleotis Pendarvis.

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JULY HEATS UP with weeKLY BOXING programming ON MSG NETWORKs

June 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Marquee Fights Featuring Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and the Klitschko Brothers Highlight Summer Boxing on Sundays and Mondays

Sunday Night Fights on MSG at 8:00 p.m.

Monday Night Fights on MSG+ at 8:00 p.m.

New York, NY (June 29, 2012) – Starting in July and running throughout the summer, MSG Networks will entertain fight fans with a full slate of recent and classic boxing programming featuring some of the top names in the sport, including Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Sunday Night Fights on MSG and Monday Night Fights on MSG+, part of MSG Networks’ Summer Block Party, start every week at 8:00 p.m.

On Sunday nights in July, MSG presents “EPIX Fights” for some of the most exciting recent heavyweight championship bouts, including Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora for the WBC world heavyweight title and Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck for the WBA/IBF/WBO world heavyweight championship.

Monday nights on MSG+ are all about Oscar De La Hoya, the former ten-time champ, as the network showcases the “Golden Boy” against some of his toughest opponents, including “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Julio Cesar Chavez. The “Fight Sports Boxing” events showcase the full breadth of the acclaimed fighter’s career, including victories over 17 world champions.

Beginning Sunday, July 29, MSG Network will present “MEGA Fights!” featuring some of the best Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. bouts, including Pacquiao’s 2007 WBC International Super Featherweight bout versus Marco Antonio Barrera and Mayweather Jr.’s 2007 battle with Ricky Hatton. Additional “Mega Fights!” bouts on the schedule include: Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (2008), Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya (2008), Mayweather Jr. vs. Mosley (2010) and Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito (2009).

Below is a full schedule for MSG Networks’ upcoming boxing programming:

MSG SUNDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

SUNDAY, JULY 1

8:00pm EPIX Boxing ‘12: Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora, February 18, 2012- Set in Munich, Germany, Britain’s Chisora challenged the reigning champion Klitschko for the WBC world heavyweight title. After a volatile weigh-in, fans watched as Chisora entered the ring as the underdog against the Ukrainian fighter in his 12th title defense in three reigns as world champion.

SUNDAY, JULY 8

8:00pm EPIX Boxing ‘12: Alexander Povetkin vs. Marco Huck, February 25, 2012- WBO Cruiserweight Champion, Huck made his heavyweight division debut in front of his hometown crowd in Germany going round for round against WBA heavyweight champion Povetkin in what proved to be an exciting and aggressive fight.

SUNDAY, JULY 22

8:00pm EPIX Boxing ‘12: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck, March 3, 2012- The youngest of the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir puts his WBO/WBA/IBF and RING heavyweight championship titles on the line against Jean-Marc Mormeck in Germany.

SUNDAY, JULY 29

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! WBC International Super Featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Manny Pacquiao, October 6, 2007- Entering the ring as the “2006 Fighter of the Year,” boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao faced three-division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera in a Vegas rumble.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton, December 8, 2007- Mayweather (38-0) puts his WBC Welterweight Championship on the line against Britain’s Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (43-0) and hands him his first career loss with a tenth round TKO.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, March 15, 2008- In the second fight of their exciting trilogy, Pacquiao and Marquez returned to the ring to settle the controversial draw of their first bout. With the decision coming down to the judges’ scorecards, Pacquiao notched a split decision.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Welterweight super fight Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya, December 6, 2008- Reigning as the World Boxing Council’s lightweight king at the time of the fight, Manny Pacquiao defeats Oscar De La Hoya in his first welterweight bought.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton. May 2, 2009- In what was promoted as “The Battle of East and West,” Pacquiao dropped Ricky Hatton twice in the first round, and quickly finished the IBO and Ring Magazine junior welterweight champ off in the last moment of the second round.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, September 19, 2009- Returning from a nearly two-year retirement, Mayweather Jr. faced lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez in a non-title welterweight match-up. Dominating each round, Mayweather took the unanimous decision.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Shane Mosley, May 1, 2010- In a “show and prove” response to his critics, Mayweather secured a lopsided unanimous decision after going 12 rounds with Shane Mosley in their WBA welterweight match.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Bernard Hopkins vs. Roy Jones, Jr., April 3, 2010- The reunion 17 years after their first, Hopkins and Jones Jr. go toe to toe, exchanging bitter blows with Hopkins winning the 12-round fight by unanimous decision.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! WBO Lightweight & WBA Super World Lightweight Title Fight- Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz, February 28, 2009- Voted “Fight of the Year” by The Boxing Writers Association of America, Marquez and Diaz went to war in the WBA and WBO Lightweight World Title fight. Marquez proved victorious, stopping Diaz in the ninth round.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! WBA Super World Welterweight Title- Shane Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito, January 24, 2009- Mosley scores his most impressive victory of his late career when he knocked out Margarito in the ninth round to claim the WBA welterweight title.

MSG+ MONDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

MONDAY, JULY 2

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., September 18, 1998- After their 1996 bout where De La Hoya pummeled the legendary Chavez for four rounds before being stopped by a ringside doctor, the two reunited in a memorable rematch resulting in Chavez quitting on his stool before the start of the ninth round.

9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In 60: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ricardo Mayorga, May 6, 2006- Over a year and a half after the only knockout loss of his career, De La Hoya redeemed himself with a sixth-round TKO of Ricardo Mayorga in Las Vegas. The victory gave De La Hoya his 10th world title (in six weight classes).

MONDAY, JULY 9

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In 60: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley, June 17, 2000- “Sugar” Shane Mosley made nine successful defenses of the IBF lightweight title before moving up two divisions to face Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC welterweight championship in Los Angeles’ Staples Center. After 12 back-and-forth rounds, Mosley took the split-decision victory.

9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Greatest Classics: Special Edition: Medalist: De La Hoya vs. Grable- Just five fights into his boxing career, Oscar De La Hoya took on Mike Grable in a bout that extended his undefeated record to 6-0 knocking down Grable twice, on his way to a unanimous eight-round decision.

MONDAY, JULY 16

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In 60: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, December 6, 2008- Reigning as the World Boxing Council’s lightweight king at the time of the fight, Manny Pacquiao defeats Oscar De La Hoya in his first welterweight bought.

9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Greatest Classics: Special Edition: Medalist: Fighters TBA

MONDAY, JULY 23

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In 60: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., September 18, 1998- After their 1996 bout where De La Hoya pummeled the legendary Chavez for four rounds before being stopped by a ringside doctor, the two reunited in a memorable rematch resulting in Chavez quitting on his stool before the start of the ninth round.

9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Greatest Classics: Special Edition: Medalist: Fighters TBA

MONDAY, JULY 30

8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Fighters TBA

9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Fighters TBA

Throughout the summer, visit www.msg.com/summer for the latest programming information as well as photos, video, trivia, polls and more. Also, fans can get the latest Summer Block Party information by liking MSG on Facebook (/MSGNetworks) and following MSG on Twitter (@MSGNetworks).

As the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, MSG Networks telecasts over 400 live professional games each year. MSG Networks also telecasts 150 live college basketball games and 50 live college football games from top national conferences (SEC, Big 12, Big East, Conference USA), as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. MSG Networks recently earned 16 New York Emmy Awards, including 14 for MSG – tops in the New York region for the third year in a row – and two for MSG+. Over the past five years, MSG Networks has totaled 77 New York Emmy Awards, including 69 for MSG – also the most of any New York station or network in that time – and eight for MSG+.

About MSG Media

MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from MSG’s venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG, MSG+, MSG HD and MSG+ HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Media is also responsible for managing interactive initiatives (online, mobile, VOD and iTV) across all business segments. MSG Media is part of The Madison Square Garden Company, a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company’s overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the Company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

Shane Mosley retires

June 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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On the heels of his rival Winky Wright retiring on Monday, former three division world champion Shane Mosley followed suit in announcing his retirement on Monday.

“Good morning everybody. Just want to thank you for showing me so much love,” Mosley tweeted. “Had a great career and loved every moment of it, win, lose or draw.”

“I’m going to leave it alone,” Mosley, 40, told ESPN.com of fighting. “I’m good. I’m going into the promotional world, I’m training my son [21-year-old amateur Shane Mosley Jr.]. It was a helluva career. I’m happy for all the great memories and all the great fighters that I fought. Now it’s time give back. I’m ready to train my son full-time now.”

“That’s life, that’s getting older,” he said. “When you get older, you see what happens. You think you can do things. You see stuff that you think you can do, that you want to do, but you just can’t do it anymore.”

“I have to credit a lot of those wins to [the late] Genaro Hernandez and Zack Padilla,” Mosley said. “They were both world champions fighters and they sparred with me every day and molded me into the fighter I was. So did my father [Jack, who also trained him for most of his career]. I owe a lot to him.

“Being recognized as pound-for-pound, especially when Roy Jones was there at that time, was an honor. To be considered in the same breath as Roy was great for me. Not many people can say they were the pound-for-pound best, but I’m one of those people.”

“I remember [then-HBO boxing chief] Lou DiBella wasn’t very happy with the Holiday fight,” Mosley said. “I was under the weather for that fight and he told me he didn’t like the fight. I told Lou if there’s anyone you feel can beat me at lightweight, put ’em in front of me because I don’t want to have the belt if I’m not the best.”

“I always wanted to knock guys out. It was a mindset that I had when I tuned pro — knock everybody out and it’s never going to a decision,” Mosley said.

“That 2000 fight with Oscar was huge for me,” Mosley said. “He gave me the opportunity when he didn’t have to and I thank him for that. Everything from there was gravy for me.”

“I have no regrets in my boxing career. Vernon was a great fighter and I was ready to fight anybody,” Mosley said. “I gave Vernon that big chance because I got that big chance against Oscar. Vernon Forrest needed the chance and I said, ‘Let me give him the opportunity.’ I did the same thing with Winky Wright, who was a lot bigger than me. But I said let’s do it. No regrets.

Mosley invoked his immediate rematch right against Forrest and while the second fight six months was more competitive, Forrest won another unanimous decision. Mosley then moved up to junior middleweight and, in his second fight in the division, challenged champion De La Hoya in a big-money rematch. Mosley won a controversial decision and two title belts, although it came to light later that he testified before a grand jury that he had used BALCO mastermind Victor Conte’s undetectable steroids “the clear” and “the cream” during his training.

Mosley has said all along that he was unaware that what he took was illegal and that it was given to him by former conditioning coach Darryl Hudson.

“I wasn’t aware that it was ‘the clear’ or ‘the cream’ or other such craziness,” Mosley said. “If I knew it was illegal I wouldn’t have taken it. I’ve always lived my life clean. That whole situation made me upset and still has me upset to this day.

“I’m still upset with the people I had around me that led me into that. I was always a clean boxer. Never tested positive for anything. For them not to protect me — Darryl Hudson — it sickened me. In 2003, he put a blemish on me. He led me to something that wasn’t good. It wasn’t like I asked for it. I didn’t ask for it, I didn’t need it.”

“Margarito was pretty big, especially with all the things going on in my life at the time,” Mosley said. “It was a big victory to be able to go out there and dominate and then knock him out.”

“My son is getting older. He’s 21 and after I fought ‘Canelo,’ I thought about that he was 21 and I thought I should spent more time training my son, getting the new generation ready,” said Mosley, who said he will also spend time trying to get his Sugar Shane Promotions off the ground.

“I hope they remember me as a great fighter, a great person and somebody that cares about boxing,” Mosley said. “I hope they remember that I loved to fight. It’s been fun.”

Mayweather beats Cotto in a fight with bruising surprises and only one upset

May 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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By Norm Frauenheim (Ringside)


LAS VEGAS — There were a lot of surprise, but only one upset.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. did the expected Saturday night at the MGM Grand and beat Miguel Cotto with a decision that was as bruising as it was unanimous. Then, there was the upset.

Mayweather did an interview with HBO’s Larry Merchant after saying he wouldn’t after the two engaged in a war of words following his controversial stoppage in a September stoppage of Victor Ortiz. Merchant said Mayweather apologized Friday for the rhetorical brawl.

The bet was that an apology from Mayweather would happen before immortality and an end to taxes. The way things are changing, anything looks possible, maybe even a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. More on that later.

Nevertheless, there have been hints for at a least week that Mayweather is a changed man even before he has to report on June 1 for an 87-day jail sentence for domestic abuse. At news conferences and other public appearances, he had begun to behave more like a diplomat and less like an ill-mannered rapper.

In Cotto, he said, he expected a tough fight.

“He came to fight,’’ said Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), who collected a minimum of $32 million, a record guarantee. “He didn’t come for survival.’’

No, he didn’t. Cotto came for a significant upset. He didn’t get it. On the scorecards, his loss was one-sided. Judges Patricia Morse Jarman and Dave Moretti scored 117-111 each for Mayweather. The third judge, Robert Hoyle, had it 118-110. Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) left the ring without speaking to the media, which might be a sign of his frustration at the scoring.

But there are no points for determination and the guts to sustain an attack throughout 12 rounds. A key element to Cotto’s tactical plan took shape early. Mayweather often uses distance like a puppeteer uses strings. From about the length of a jab, he pushes, pulls, leads, twists and, in the end, turns ordinary opposition inside-out. But Cotto refused to let him maintain the distance so fundamental to his reign.

In the second, it was evident Cotto would not follow Mayweather’s calculated lead. Cotto shoved him up and against the ropes as if to say that Mayweather should have picked a different dance partner. Cotto returned to the blueprint again and again throughout the next 10 rounds, driving Mayweather into the ropes with a bruising jab and a physical attack that bloodied Mayweather’s nose.

The blood was a surprise. If anybody was going to bleed, the guess was that it would be Cotto, whose eyes are surrounded by scar tissue from old wounds. This time, however, the unmarked Mayweather was the only one to bleed and sight of that blood elicited cheers from that part of the crowd that lusts for him to lose.

He didn’t, because in the ring, at least, he never changes. He is never without resources or an infinite ability to adjust. He scored by getting Cotto out in the center of the ring and landing shots, some unlikely. In the fourth, he rocked Cotto with a right that circled around his upraised hands. The punch found its mark, almost like a curve ball. Even when pushed up against the ropes, he rolled his shoulder and managed to deflect many of Cotto’s blows.

What’s next? For now, there’s only June 1 and time in Nevada’s Clark County Jail.

“That comes with the territory,’’ Mayweather said. “Things of life. You are faced with certain obstacles. You take the good with the good and the bad with the bad. …When June 1 comes, I’m going to accept it, like a true man would do.’’

And after his release?

“I don’t know,’’ said Mayweather, who went on to rip Pacquaio’s promoter, Bob Arum. “I was looking to fight Manny Pacquiao. I didn’t think that fight would happen because of Bob Arum. Bob Arum stopped the Manny Pacquiao fight. Let’s give the fans what they want to see. Let’s get that fight together.’’

Otherwise, Mayweather might have to apologize again. Once is enough.

It was the end of a beginning for a 21-year-old Mexican who might finally begin to be known for something more than his red hair.

“This is the beginning of my career,’’ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez said. “Thank you, Shane Mosley, for giving me this experience.’’

Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) might also have said thanks to Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KOs) for letting him add a legendary name to his unbeaten resume. He could also have said good-bye and good-luck to Mosley.

Mosley never had a chance. He was pounded to the body, pounded to the head, pounded from pillar-to-post in losing a unanimous decision to Alvarez, still the World Boxing Council’s junior-middleweight champion and more ambitious than ever to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Miguel Cotto or Manny Pacquiao.

A sign, perhaps, that Canelo is growing up and beyond his Howdy Doody days happened at the moment when he encountered the only potential adversity in an otherwise one-sided fight.

Blood, Canelo red, poured from a cut above Alvarez left eye after a head butt in the second. But it didn’t seem to bother Alvarez, who is said to have never suffered a cut before the inadvertent collision with Mosley.

If it really was Alvarez’ first wound, the 21-year-old Mexican responded as if he had always known how it would feel. How it would color his vision. How it would taste. It was a moment when he looked as if he had been born for the blood sport.

“He can go a long ways,’’ said Mosley, who collected $650,000 on a night when Alvarez earned $2 million.

The totality of Alvarez’ victory, however, might be hard to judge in terms of how he will do against younger, more dangerous opponents. The 40-year-old Mosley did nothing to dispel mounting evidence that he’s more shot than Sugar. He endured 12 rounds. He would not quit Saturday night. After sustained punishment that has left his face puffy and some say his speech slurred, however, it looks as it is time to quit the long, legendary career that will one day land him in the Hall of Fame.

“It can look that way,’’ said Mosley, who in the immediate aftermath of the loss didn’t say he would retire.

Mosley had no defense for the heavy hands that ricocheted off his midsection, rocked his head and echoed with an almost sickening thud throughout the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“Maybe, he’ll be one of the next kings of the ring,’’ Mosley said.

Maybe.

Las Vegas welterweight Jessie Vargas (19-0, 9 KOs, a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-promoted fighter, is still unbeaten, but there wasn’t anything unanimous about his performance after a unanimous decision over shop-worn Steve Forbes (35-11, 11 KOs), also of Las Vegas.

There were scattered boos from a crowd gathering for the Mayweather Jr.-Miguel Cotto fight for the dull 10 rounder. Vargas won at least eight of the rounds, but wasn’t dominant in any of them over Forbes, who has lost six of his last eight fights.

With Miguel Cotto watching from a ringside seat, super-welterweight Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KOs) scored a sixth-round knockout of DeAndre Lattimore (23-4, 17 KOs) of Las Vegas in the first bout on the pay-per-view part of the card.

Cotto must have liked what he saw from Quintana, a fellow Puerto Rican, in a victory that might have been a good sign for his chances at an upset of Floyd Mayweather in the main event. Quintana swarmed Lattimore with a barrage of punches — head to body, body to head.

Midway through the sixth, Quintana stunned Lattimore in a neutral corner. A dazed Lattimore slid along the ropes. Quintana pursued, hitting Lattimore with a succession of left hands that finally dropped him near his own corner at 2:19 of the round.

“A great day for Puerto Rico,’’ Quintana said of a night that he hoped would end in a Cotto encore.

Puerto Rican featherweight Braulio Santos (6-0, 5 KO) employed explosive quickness for a unanimous decision over Juan Sandoval (5-9-1, 3 KOs) of San Bernardino, CA, in the last fight before the pay-per-view telecast.

Santos’ array of punches came at a blinding rate, especially in the fourth when Sandoval was knocked into the ropes by combo capped by a stinging left.

Lightweight Omar Figueroa (16-0-1, 13 KOS) of Weslaco, TX, could have been swinging a bat at a ball poised on a tee with a wide left hook that lifted Robbie Cannon (12-7-2, 6 KOs) of Pevely, MO, up and almost out of the ring.

Somehow, Cannon got up, but only to see that referee Vic Drakulich had ended it, declaring Figueroa a TKO winner at 2:08 of the second round.

Welterweight Keith Thurman (17-0, 16 KOs) of Clearwater, FL, turned the card’s second fight into a display of the reasons why Golden Boy Promotions signed him.

Thurman’s foot speed, power and quick jab overwhelmed Brandon Koskins (16-1-1, 8 KOs) of Hannibal, MO. Referee Russell Mora stopped it at 25 seconds of the third with a defenseless Koskins hanging on the ropes after a head-rocking right hand from Thurman.

Antonio Orozco and Dillet Frederick fought in front of referee Kenny Bayless, three judges, cornermen, a few ushers and nobody else in the first fight on a card Saturday that would end hours later with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto in the main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The arena was filled only with echoes, mostly from body punches landed by Orozco (14-0, 10 KOs), a San Diego welterweight who won a third-round TKO over Frederick (8-6-3, 5 KOs) of Fort Myers, Fla.

“RING KINGS: MAYWEATHER VS. COTTO” FINAL UNDERCARD PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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CANELO ALVAREZ VS. SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY

JESSIE VARGAS VS. STEVE FORBES

DEANDRE LATIMORE VS. CARLOS QUINTANA

OMAR FIGUEROA VS. ROBBIE CANNON

KEITH THURMAN VS. BRANDON HOSKINS

Canelo Alvarez, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion

“I can only say good things about Sugar Shane Mosley. He is a great champion, but I have trained hard for this fight and I feel that I am going to win it. It’s going to be a victory for all of Mexico.

“Mosley is a great fighter and despite his age, he has taken very good care of his body.

“Even though Mosley is a veteran fighter, he can still beat a lot of young guys. I’m prepared for the best Mosley ever.

“You really can’t compare him [Mosley] to anybody. He is a complete fighter. He’s fast, he’s strong…he’s everything. I have never faced anybody like him.

“The key in this fight for me is not to get desperate. I have to take my time and stick to my game plan.

“This is just another test, another gate that I have to walk through. With Mosley being who he is, I feel that I have entered the big leagues.”

Sugar Shane Mosley, Six-Time and Three-Division World Champion

“This is going to be a great fight. I’m in great shape and I’m ready to rock and roll.

“Canelo wants to test himself and see if he is among the elite fighters. This is a golden opportunity for me, so I’m very, very happy.

“My plan is to do what I do, be Sugar Shane Mosley, get the punches in and win the fight.

“This is a no nonsense fight for me. I’m in there to win.

“Canelo is a good young fighter, but he probably shouldn’t be in the ring with me. It should have been somebody else. Hopefully he can learn from it and become a better fighter. He seems like a good young kid.

“I think my experience is going to make a difference, but I also think that my speed and power are going to make a bigger difference.

“The motivation is fighting the right fight. The type of fight I know I can fight. That’s the motivation and showing the people the way Sugar Shane really fights.”

Jose Reynoso, Canelo’s Manager and Co-Trainer

“On Saturday, Sugar Shane Mosley is going to be the door that Canelo is going to walk through to enter into the big leagues.”

NaazimRichardson, Mosley’s Trainer

“Canelo is already a star. When he came to America, he was a star. Now they brought him here to be a superstar.

“Canelo was watching Shane before Shane knew who Canelo was.”

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“I wouldn’t look at this as an undercard fight. We have Shane who has been a tremendous champion for a number of years and he has faced everyone during his era. When I say everyone, I mean everyone. Then we have Canelo who is here to prove to everyone that he is a champion.

“The Shane Mosley vs. Canelo Alvarez fight is a stand- alone fight itself.

“Canelo Alverez is a young strong champion who is out to prove to the world why he is here today.”

Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions

“This is a great undercard. On one side you have a great fighter [Mosley] who has proven over and over again why he belongs with the elite and why he is one of the best in the history of the sport. Shane trains like no other fighter and he believes in himself like no other fighter. This is why he is here today, to fight like a champion.

“On the other side, you have a young fighter who is going to fight one of the best. Canelo Alvarez is by far the most exciting and most popular fighter in Mexico today. This is why expectations are so high. This is the time for him to perform.”

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions

“Bert Sugar, thank you for everything and where ever you are, we miss you.”

Jessie Vargas, Mayweather Promotions Rising Star

“I have Steve Forbes in front of me. He is a fighter with lot of knowledge and experience, but I’m young and I am here to fight.

“I’m very happy that Forbes is in great shape, that way there will be no excuses.”

Steve Forbes, Former World Champion

“You know the last few years have been hell for me. I’ve had a lot of personal problems, but thank God she packed up and moved out, and now I’m back.

“It is great to be back here. This is where it all started for me when I turned pro. I am looking forward to a great night of fighting.

“Saturday night, Steve Forbes will be back. I’m telling you. I’m in superb shape.”

DeAndre Latimore, Top Super Welterweight Contender

“I worked hard for six years to get here, and now that I’m here, I won’t let it slip away.

“This right here is every fighter’s dream. I’m young, strong and I’m coming to take this. I won’t settle for anything else than a win. Don’t be surprised if I get a knockout.

“Quintana says he wants to fight the champion, but he’s got to get past me first.”

Carlos Quintana, Former World Champion

“I’ve trained hard for this fight. I’ve seen Latimore fight and he’s a very good boxer, but those of you who know me, know that I can win this fight.

“I have nothing against Latimore, but I’ve been working hard and I’m going win the fight.

“Canelo and Mosley are two big fighters and I would like to fight the winner. They are two big stars. One that has been around for a while and one that is a rising star. Fighting one of them would be a dream for me. You always have to dream big.”

Omar Figueroa, Lightweight Contender

“Being here proves that I am ready for the big stage. I am ready to fight and I am not here to play games and let it get to the judges.

“We [the undercard fighters] work twice as hard to make it to where we want to be. We are here for the fans. We are entertainers and will put our hearts out for each fight.”

Robbie Cannon, Lightweight Contender

“I have been training hard and I am ready to fight hard. I have my game plan and I’m going to stick to it.”

Keith Thurman, Top Welterweight Contender

“I look forward to the challenge and what it means for my career. I can guarantee you an exciting fight, and don’t be surprised if I win with a knockout.”

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“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Diamond belt, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight featuring undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas and former World Champion Steve Forbes. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla – Cinco De Mayo and will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Age before Idol? Mosley promises some old Sugar in a vow to stop Canelo

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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By Norm Frauenheim

LAS VEGAS – It sometimes sounds as if Mexico looks at Saul Alvarez’ red hair and sees a halo. Jose Suliaman, president of the Mexico City-based World Boxing Council, called the young fighter his Godson Thursday during a news-conference filibuster about a search for heroes in a nation known for drug violence. Suliaman sees the halo and thinks he has found one. A Mexican idol, the Godfather said. But halos can be targets, too. They get knocked off all the time.

Whether that halo is a real crown or just an illusion is the question at the center of a career crossroads for Alvarez Saturday night against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Miguel Cotto pay-per-view card. Consider just two circumstances: There’s the date, May 5, Cinco de Mayo, a major Mexican holiday that celebrates the nation’s victory over the French in a battle, a fight. Then, there’s Mosley’s unbeaten record against fighters of Mexican descent.

There’s enough pressure there to turn an ordinary redhead gray. But Alvarez addresses it in a style straight out of Charles Barkley’s guide on how to make it work for you. Pressure, Barkley said, is for tires. Use it the right way, and you’ll reach your destination a lot faster.

“It’s a motivation,’’ said the 21-year-old Alvarez, whose confidence includes hopes of a bout against the Mayweather-Cotto winner some time next year. “On May 5, the only thing I want to end is that Mosley streak.’’

The guess is that Alvarez will do exactly that. A www.RingTV.com panel of writers, fighters and broadcasters pick Alvarez, 19-to-1. But there are a couple of assumptions baked into that one-sided cake. There’s Mosley age. He’s 40. Then, there are his last two fights, a dull draw with Sergio Mora and a loss by unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao on a night when Mosley survived 12 rounds, yet did nothing dispel talk that he was shot.

There’s speculation that Mosley is fighting only for the money, because of an expensive divorce a couple of years ago. His purse is $650,000 before taxes and expenses. After the IRS and everybody else get their cut, there might not be much left. But there is his reputation, which was run through the media shredder after the Pacquiao loss.

“There’s motivation in showing the way Sugar Shane really fights,’’ said Mosley, whose son, Shane Jr., is the same age as Alvarez.

Mosley has no illusions about what he has to do. Alvarez’ popularity is evident in Suliaman’s remarks and even on the Ring Kings’ fight poster. There’s no mention of Alvarez. Just Canelo. That’s his nickname, which is Spanish for Cinnamon and universal for the halo that many of his countrymen see in his distinctive hair. Against the Word Boxing Council’s 154-pound champion, Mosley can’t risk a fight that goes to the scorecards. With widespread talk of Mosley being shot, he also says he can’t let Alvarez’ heavy hands get him into trouble with a knockdown or cut that might lead to a TKO loss.

“I’m not even thinking about a decision,’’ said Mosley, who has promised a stoppage.

Mosley’s quiet confidence suggests that he will re-enter the ring more Sugar than shot. He says there were injuries before his loss to Mayweather and distractions before Pacquiao. Against Mayweather, he said he suffered from blisters on his feet that were sustained while snowboarding. He didn’t elaborate about distractions before Pacquiao. Instead, he referred to a comment made by Steve Forbes, who faces Jessie Vargas in a welterweight bout on Saturday night’s undercard. Forbes has struggled. He’s 2-4 since losing a decision to Oscar De La Hoya in May, 2008.

“Glad to be back on the biggest stage,’’ Forbes said at Thursday’s news conference. “Had a lot of problems, but, thank God, she packed up and moved out.’’

Enough said.

FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER, MIGUEL COTTO, CANELO ALVAREZ AND SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY RULERS OF THE RING AND THE STATISTICS TO PROVE IT

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Las Vegas, April 30 – Long live the kings of the ring Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Sugar Shane Mosley as they prepare for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” the biggest fight of 2012 taking place this Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

The event features four of boxing’s biggest stars who all boast the experience and records to merit the worthiness of the fight’s title. With an average of 44 professional bouts each, these four fighters have the star power, skills and experience to make May 5 an unforgettable night of boxing.

Below please find some of the most noteworthy facts and figures about Mayweather, Cotto, Canelo and Mosley which support their individual and collective “king of the ring” status.

*To download a pdf of the infographic above, please click HERE.

TOTALS AMONG THE FOUR MAIN FIGHTERS ON THE CARD:

164 wins, 9 losses, 2 draws, 124 KO wins
1,208 rounds boxed (average of 302 per fighter)
61 world title fights among the four
By the end of May 5, all 4 of them will have had at least 40 professional fights
FLOYD MAYWEATHER

42-0 (26 KO’s), 303 rounds boxed
KO percentage: 62%
19-0 (10 KO’s) in title fights
Won world titles in 5 divisions
Fought 16 fellow world champions (17-0 vs. them)
Despite not being known for his power punches, 12 of his Mayweather’s 26 KO’s have come in the first four rounds
MIGUEL COTTO

37-2 (30 KO’s), 269 rounds boxed
KO percentage: 77%
17-2 (14) in title fights, last 19 fights ALL for titles-last non-title fight was in 2004
Won titles in 3 divisions
Fought 13 fellow champions (12-2 vs. them)
CANELO ALVAREZ

39-0-1 (29 KO’s), 248 rounds boxed (tremendous pro experience for a 21-year-old)
KO percentage: 73%
4-0 (3 KO’s) in title fights
Fought two champions (2-0 vs. them)
Early power: Also has 12 knockouts in the first two rounds
SHANE MOSLEY

46-7-1 (39 KO’s) with 1 no-contest, 388 rounds boxed
KO percentage: 71%
15-6 (12 KO’s) in title fights
Won titles in 3 divisions
Fought 13 fellow champions (9-7-1 with 1 no-contest vs. them)
Remarkable streak: as a lightweight, 8 title defenses, 8 knockouts
TWITTER FOLLOWERS:

(Note: These numbers were updated at 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday, April 30)

Mayweather (@FloydMayweather): 2,709,254
Cotto (@RealMiguelCotto): 149,104
Mosley (@SugarShaneM): 96,822
Canelo (@CaneloOficial): 76,152
**Note: Interim titles/titlists not included in the above statistics.

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“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Diamond belt, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight featuring undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas and former World Champion Steve Forbes. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla – Cinco De Mayo and will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Limited tickets for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” are still available, with a total ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Three Las Vegas MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and The Mirage, will host live closed circuit telecasts of “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto.” Advanced purchased tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not including handling fees. All seats are general admission and are on sale now at each individual property’s box office outlets or by phone with a major credit card at (866) 799-7711.

Episode three of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debuts on Saturday, April 28 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT), with the finale debuting Friday, May 4 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

NCM Fathom will broadcast “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” in high definition LIVE to more than 440 movie theaters nationwide. Tickets to see the fight on the big screen are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.

MIGUEL COTTO CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

April 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Oscar de la Hoya

Everybody’s all excited, ready to go. I know all the writers are getting their stories in. We have two and a half weeks to go until the fight. “Ring Kings: Floyd Mayweather versus Miguel Cotto,” and it will be for the WBA 154 pound title. Obviously the co-main event, Canelo Álvarez versus Sugar Shane Mosley, will be a 12-rounder for the WBC 154 pound title as well.

This event is being promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, and Miguel Cotto Promotions-live from the MGM Grand Las Vegas, produced by HBO Pay-Per-View. I want to thank Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on the History Channel. I want to thank the DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Puebla-Cinco de Mayo for all their hard work in promoting this event. This event is being promoted all over the country, all over the world. People are excited.

The “Ring Kings: Mayweather versus Cotto” will be available in three MGM resort properties: Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, and The Mirage. They will be showing the fight in closed circuit all over Las Vegas. Tickets are going fast for the closed-circuit telecast, which will be very exciting.

Episodes two and three of HBO’s 24/7 will debut April 21st, 10 p.m. Eastern and also April 28th at 9:45 p.m. Eastern and the final episode, which will be televised live Friday, May 4th at 8 p.m. Eastern. Also, we’re excited that NCM Fathom will be broadcasting “Ring Kings: Mayweather versus Cotto,” and the entire card in high-definition, live to more than 440 movie theaters nationwide. That’s always very exciting to watch it with other boxing fans and cheer on your favorite fighter.

Let me introduce to you the current WBA Super Welterweight Champion. He’s been a four-time, three division world champion. He hails from Caguas, Puerto Rico. He’s known as one of the most exciting and popular fighters in the island’s history, as one of the greatest of all time. He held the world title every year since 2004, while winning 16 of 18 world championship bouts in which he has fought.

Obviously, he captured the WBA Super Welterweight title at Yankee Stadium, stopping then undefeated Yuri Foreman, and Cotto successfully deciscioned two division world champion, Ricardo Mayorga in March. As you all know, he finally avenged his loss to Antonio Margarito, once again retaining his world title.

With a record of 37 and 2, with 30 knockouts, from Caguas, Puerto Rico-Miguel Cotto.

Miguel Cotto

Hi. I am very happy to be here with all of you.

Q

Miguel, are you afraid of anything that Floyd Mayweather will bring?

Cotto

Absolutely nothing, I am prepared, very prepared.

Q

Will you be thrilled to obtain the victory on May 5?

Cotto

I have worked very hard for several weeks in the gym to get this victory.

Q

Who do you think will come out on top in the Canelo v. Mosley fight?

Cotto

I really don’t have an inclination either way but I will tell you this, the one that comes best prepared from their training camp will obtain the victory.

Q

Miguel, I wanted to ask you about the weight in this fight. You are fighting Floyd at 154 pounds, where you are the reigning title holder. He has not asked you to come to a catch weight for this fight. It’s going to fight you all the way up at 154. I wonder, how much of an advantage do you think that that is for you. He said he accepted the fight at your weight because he wanted you to be comfortable. What was your take on that and also, what do you think about the fact that he is coming all the way up to your neighborhood for this fight?

Cotto

First of all, I give thanks to him for making the fight in my weight. If he wants my title, he has to fight in my weight, and he does it in the correct way. It’s my weight class. I feel comfortable in here. I’m feeling pretty strong, really happy to get this fight in my weight class, and I just prepared myself well enough for victory.

Q

Was the weight issue as big of a factor as it was made to seem? Because before you and Mayweather agreed to this fight, there was discussion that maybe you would have a re-match with Pacquiao. And that the reason why that didn’t happen was because of the insistence, apparently from the Pacquiao camp, that you would go down lower than 54, perhaps all the way down to-back to welterweight division. Was that the reason why you declined to pursue the re-match with Manny and instead ended up taking another huge fight against Floyd?

Cotto

We have more than one reason for deciding to pick the Mayweather fight instead of the Pacquiao fight. I received better treatment in Mayweather’s negotiation and we decided to go with Mayweather.

Q

When you and Floyd were both-say maybe like four or five years ago, maybe even six years ago, when you were both champions and going strong, and both with Top Rank at that time, there was conversation that maybe this was a fight that perhaps would happen. My impression was always that it was your camp that would have loved to have that fight at the time. Mayweather, he had other ideas at the time. Do you think back to those days and how much you would have liked to have the fight back then or are you very satisfied that even though it’s been a long way, you finally have this fight today?

Cotto

Everything happens in life for a reason. Fights can’t happen four, five, six years ago, but they happen now. I feel better right now. I feel this is-after the Margarito fight on December 3rd, I feel much, much better with myself. I think this is the right moment for this fight.

Q

Why do you think that?

Cotto

Because I have everything I took from Margarito’s victory-things he stole from me, things he grabbed from me. I have it back, and I feel much better right now.

Q

You just touched on something that I was going to pick up on. You seem very much at peace right now with yourself as a fighter-all your accomplishments, obviously topped off by the Margarito victory and you’re joining with Pedro Diaz. But you’ve been through quite a lot. You’ve accomplished a lot in your career, but you’ve been through quite a lot.

I know the death of your father, and your relationship with him now, inspires you. I wonder if you could tell us what was the lowest point before the Yuri Foreman fight, who did you rely on? Who was your inner circle, and how did you come out of that period in your life?

Cotto

That was the first time I lost in my career. Thanks to God, I have a great family, great people around me. They helped me a lot to get out of the situation. I understand it’s not the way you fall, it’s the way you stand up again and keep working. I wake up myself and I’m still working, and I’m going to work until May 5th.

Q

Miguel, can you talk about who your inner circle was? When your father passed away, was it Bryan? Who was your counsel? I know your mother’s in camp now, and I know you have a really good relationship with your wife and kids. Who helped you to get through that, and how are you better as person and as a fighter as a result of getting through that?

Cotto

Agreed. I have a great team. Every member is a special person for me. Every member helped me in everything-my family, my mom, my dad, Pedro, Phil, Bryan. I believe everybody, all of them, helped me a lot to be in the position I am in right now. I’m a better person right now.

Q

Finally, when you say to be the person you are right now, who are you now? How much are you better? I said you seemed to be at peace with yourself. Can you talk about your state of mind, your spiritual feeling right now, how you feel about yourself right now?

Cotto

When you find peace in life, when your family brings you peace, when the people around you bring you peace, you live in a peaceful atmosphere. That’s where I am right now. I have peace in my heart and in my life. Everything I’m going to do in my life, I do it with peace and that’s made me work better, comfortable, and much, much concentrate in my work.

Q

You’ve talked about your father being your biggest motivator in the ring and in your life. Can you tell me what it means to have-when you’re in the ring, are you thinking about your father? Is there something-how does that work for you? How does it motivate you to-his memory?

Cotto

When you had in your life a person who never stopped working for you for your benefit for all you can have in life, he wants to give it to you better and do so much for you. That was my father. My father was a person who never stopped working for me or my family or my mom in every moment. He passed away two years ago, so he’s still in my sight. I feel him. I’m pretty happy with the feeling in every moment in my life and that’s the reason my father is the best person I ever have in my life.

Q

That’s really nice. What kind of difference does it make to have Pedro Diaz in your corner? You’ve had a couple of trainers recently, but what kind of difference does Pedro make for you?

Cotto

Pedro-a lot of people will know Pedro because he was head trainer, a coach for the Cuban team. Everybody knows their achievement of the Cuban boxer in the amateur weight. Pedro was the guy in charge of the Cuban team, and he got out of Cuba in 2000, I think. Right after I broke up with my first trainer, we decided to talk to him. But he doesn’t want to join us because he doesn’t feel himself prepared enough for professional boxing yet.

After my previous fight we started having some issues, some problem with Emanuel Steward. We decided to talk to Pedro. Finally he wants to start working with us. It’s amazing having Pedro here. I’ve known Pedro since 1996. Having Pedro here, having a Cuban Latin guy working with us, with his experience, with all the knowledge he has in boxing, make me feel and work more comfortably.

Q

Has he taught you things you didn’t know?

Cotto

He said to me, I’m not here to give to you new things. You are a veteran fighter, and I’m just here to take things you put in your sight back in the game. That’s the main purpose of Pedro in my corner to make me feel like the Miguel of the beginning, and make me feel like the Miguel that basically you saw with Mosley. This Miguel you’re going to see on May 5th.

Q

Basically, he’s taken things that you’ve already learned as a fighter and refined them a little bit maybe?

Cotto

He shows me, gives me some hints.

Q

Okay. What would it mean to you to become the first fighter to beat Floyd?

Cotto

Nobody is invincible in life. I know that because I pass through this point in my life. I’m ready for anything Floyd brings me on May 5th. The question is, is Floyd ready for anything Miguel can bring to him? I know he’s a hard worker. He said to everybody he’s a hard worker, but he’s going to have in front of him on May 5th a hard worker like him. On May 5th, I’m trusting in myself. I know what I have to do on May 5th to get the victory.

Q

Miguel, what have you done differently in preparation for this fight as compared to your preparation for the Margarito fight?

Cotto

Margarito and Mayweather are two completely different fighters so everything that was done in preparation for Margarito is different from what we are doing for Mayweather. Pedro had a specific strategy for December 3, and has a very different strategy for May 5.

Q

What specific thing have you done in preparation for this fight to counter Mayweather’s elusiveness and defense?

Cotto

The strategy is always the same. I will follow Pedro’s instructions as to everything. We both have to trust each other. I have to trust him as a trainer and he has to trust me as a fighter. I will not say what our strategy will be, but I will follow the strategy that Pedro has designed for me come fight night.

Q

Mayweather gave some declarations yesterday to the press saying that Puerto Ricans will be disappointed with Miguel Cotto on May 5, what was your reaction to those declarations?

Cotto

I am a different fighter; I will not play into Mayweather’s games. I am not the type of fighter that will just fall into the games of Mayweather. He wants his opponents to behave a certain way, I will not respond to whatever he has to say. By the end of May 5 everybody will see who will be disappointed.

Q

How do you feel at this point in your preparation for this fight?

Cotto

Everything is running according to plan, right on schedule. I will be ready to counter anything that Mayweather brings and there are a couple of key weeks left in preparation for the fight. There are a couple of weeks that are still there, and when I step into the ring with Mayweather in front of me, I will be completely ready to obtain the victory.

Q

I was just wondering if you’ve looked beyond this fight and if you win, whether you will look to possibly fight Pacquiao in the future; and if you lose, whether you may decide that this is your final fight. Have you thought that far ahead yet?

Cotto

When I beat Mayweather on May 5th, the only thing that is going to happen is I’m going to rest for a couple weeks. After that I sit with my team and we can talk of boxing again.

Q

When will you head to Vegas? What are your plans, your itinerary from now until the actual fight?

Cotto

We arrive in Vegas a week before the fight and train there the whole week.

Q

Do you feel that you are being compared to Mayweather’s last opponents? If you feel as if you are do you believe you are the most complicated opposition that Floyd has faced in years?

Cotto

I will say it again, I am ready. I feel great and I will defeat Floyd Mayweather and will be victorious when I step out of the ring.

Q

Are you afraid if the fight reaches the judges? Are you afraid of getting a bad decision?

Cotto

No. I trust my preparation and I trust that whether by knockout or by decision I will be victorious without controversy.

K. Swanson

Thank you so much. Miguel, we appreciate you taking the time. Oscar, thank you. Anyone have any last minute comments?

Cotto

I’m just happy to be training for May 5th, and I’m going to put forward my best effort in Las Vegas. I have been training since February 13th and I’m still working up to May 5th until I get the victory. That is going to happen on May 5th.

END OF CALL

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“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Diamond Belt is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight between undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas and perennial contender Alfonso Gomez. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla – Cinco De Mayo and will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Limited tickets for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” are still available, with a total ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

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Episodes two and three of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debut on Saturday, April 21 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and Saturday, April 28 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT) respectively, with the finale debuting Friday, May 4 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

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CANELO ALVAREZ AND SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES AND CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

April 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Canelo Alvarez, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion

“I have something Shane wants and I want something he has. He wants my belt, but I want his experience.

“No, I have not seen Shane [in Big Bear] and I don’t care to either.

“I know Shane’s style is different [from any I’ve faced], but I will be ready.

“Being in Big Bear is very calming. I can focus physically and mentally 100 percent [on training].”

Sugar Shane Mosley, Six-Time Three and Division World Champion

“The haters are what keep me motivated. Domination is on my mind. I want to be the best I can be and showcase my strengths.

“I feel young, but I have the wisdom of an older fighter.

“Canelo will be surprised when he’s not fighting the 40-year-old he thinks I am.

“Some media members might be overlooking me because of my age.

“I’m considered an underdog. I like being the underdog and proving people that I am not.

“I’m not going to rule the fight, I’m going to dominate.

“I will be the first fighter to beat Canelo.”

CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

To download and listen to an MP3 of this call, which took place on Thursday, April 12, please click HERE.

Kelly Swanson

Thank you everybody for joining us. We are actively out there promoting “Ring Kings: Mayweather/Cotto” Saturday, May 5th and of course, as a special co-main event, we will see Canelo versus Shane Mosley. Both the fighters are joining us today with Canelo being first.

Oscar de la Hoya

Thank you very much, Kelly. Thank you everyone for being on the call. Thank you to Canelo. We greatly appreciate it. We are getting close to Ring Kings, which will be taking place on Cinco de Mayo on Saturday. The co-main event, as Kelly mentioned, will be Saúl Canelo Álvarez versus Sugar Shane Mosley. It’s a main event in itself. It will be for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship title. And the televised undercard also features Jessie Vargas versus Alfonso Gomez and DeAndre Latimore versus Carlos Quintana.

This event is being promoted by Mayweather Promotions, by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. The Canelo versus Mosley is presented by Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions. We are extremely excited that Hatfields & McCoys on the History Channel will be a sponsor and will be promoting along with DeWalt Tools who has been very instrumental in promoting many of our big events. We’re excited that AT&T is promoting this event alongside O’Reilly Auto Parts and also Puebla-Cinco De Mayo, which will be promoting the event all over promoting Cinco de Mayo; also, Corona, which is a sponsor of Golden Boy Promotions.

This event will be taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo, the Mirage will be hosting the closed-circuit telecasts of Ring Kings. Tickets can be purchased in advanced. They will be at $75. Tickets are really going fast and there’s thousands and thousands of tickets that will be sold for Cinco de Mayo.

Also, HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning all access series 24/7, which will debut this Saturday, April 14th at 9:45 p.m. Eastern. We’re always very excited to seeing what goes on behind the scenes with Mayweather and now with Miguel Cotto.

This event will also be shown and broadcast in high definition in more than 440 movie theaters nationwide. NCM Fathom will be broadcasting Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto live, in high definition. If you buy your ticket in the movie theater, you can watch the whole pay-per-view from top to bottom. So, that’s always very exciting, getting that experience with other fans and watching it on that huge screen. You can go to www.fathomevents.com for more information.

Obviously, we’re here to talk about Saúl Canelo Álvarez. He hails out of Guadalajara, Mexico. He has a record of 39 and 0 with 29 knockouts. He is the WBC Super Welterweight World Champion. He turned pro in 2005 when he was just 15 years old. I can tell you one thing-he’s already Mexico’s brightest young star.

At 21 years of age, he’s quick to becoming an international sensation with fans just asking for him all over the world. I’ve witnessed this first hand. He does have a rock star like following and sells out huge arenas throughout Mexico and gets amazing ratings on Televisa. He is considered Mexico’s next boxing icon. So, we are truly looking forward to his fight against Sugar Shane Mosley. He is now training in Big Bear-and without any further ado, Saúl Canelo Álvarez.

Canelo Alvarez

Thank you very much. I’m very happy to be on a card of this magnitude and to be fighting a fighter with the caliber and the experience of Shane Mosley. I assure all of the public and fans that they’re going to go home very happy.

Q

Canelo, when Shane Mosley was a world champion last, you were seven years old. There’s a big difference in age and in the experience. How do you feel about having an opponent like Shane Mosley with all his achievements that he has accomplished in his career?

Canelo Alvarez

No, I’m very motivated because I am fighting a fighter of Shane Mosley’s caliber. Growing up, when I was coming up in boxing, I used to watch a lot of videos to pick up stuff from him, to learn from him. So today, to now be fighting him is a dream come true and I know once inside the ring, there’s going to be some obstacles and it’s going to be difficult at times, but I have no doubt that, we’re going to go out and be the winner.

Q

Mosley is towards the end of his career. Do you think that’s going to be a very difficult task for him? You’re a big favorite in this fight. What are your thoughts?

Canelo Alvarez

Yeah, many people are saying that-that I’m the big favorite, but I can’t underestimate a fighter like Shane Mosley. I am confident of my conditioning, of my training, of the camp I’ve had, but not of the opponent. I’m going to be very weary, very smart in taking my punches, but very, very confident that he’s coming in at the best. I’m looking forward to fighting the best Shane Mosley ever.

Q

Oscar has fought Shane and has an experience with him from the past. Has he given you any type of advice of what to look for and how to fight Shane for this upcoming fight?

Canelo Alvarez

Yeah, we spoke a little bit about the subject and Oscar’s given me advice of where Shane doesn’t like to hit and where to hit him, but right now we’re working on our game plan, because after the first round, a lot of the times you know that it can all go out the window and you have to adjust. And we’re prepared for anything.

Q

Canelo, when I look at your career, I look at your breakout fight as the Baldomir fight. Do you agree with that, number one? And number two, if not, how big was that fight in your career to finish him in such devastating fashion when he had gone a distance with guys like Floyd Mayweather in the past?

Canelo Alvarez

No, definitely. It was a very impressive finish, impressive performance for the fans. I do believe that that’s the fight that opened up many doors. If you recall the fight, I was the co-main event. Shane Mosley and Mora were the main event and during the main event fight, people were screaming out my name, asking for more. So that was obviously a good feeling.

Q

As a segue into this fight, there are some people who are saying that because Shane is where he is in terms of his longevity and being 40 years old that you need to have a similar performance as to what happened with Baldomir. Is that in any way on your mind-that kind of a performance?

Canelo Alvarez

No, not at all. My mentality is to go in there, perform and win, but not look for the knockout. When you go out there and look for the knockout, other obstacles will come through and you don’t get your plan out. So, I’m prepared for the best Shane Mosley and I’m prepared to do my job in the ring. I’m ready for 12 rounds.

Q

Oscar, I have a similar question. Shane’s past includes the two wins over you, the knockout of Margarito and having gone the distance in two fights with Pacquiao and Mayweather. Knowing what you know of Canelo and his progression as a fighter at this point, would you be surprised if he was to knockout Mosley or would that be gravy and you’re just looking for him to show improvement, show skills and win the fight?

Oscar De La Hoya

I would expect him to look better than Pacquiao and Mayweather did against Mosley because that’s the type of talent that Canelo has. I don’t expect him to go and look for the knockout with Shane Mosley because he hit it right on the button. If you look for the knockout, you won’t get it, but he didn’t look for the knockout when he fought Baldomir, so you just never know what’s going to happen in that ring, especially when you’re facing Canelo.

Q

Would you be surprised if he knocked him out?

Oscar De La Hoya

I would be pleasantly surprised if Canelo knocks him out. Obviously, it would catapult him to just another stratosphere. Nobody has ever been able to knockout Shane Mosley, including myself, including the best in the world. If a 21-year-old fighter named Canelo can do it, then that will be huge.

Q

The fight is on Cinco de Mayo. You are the big Mexican star of the card being that the main event is not that kind of fight. What are your thoughts about fighting on that holiday and certainly in front of a crowd that’s going to have many of your fans in it? Do you have any particular feelings about that?

Canelo Alvarez

I’m very happy to be representing Mexico on such a very important day for all the Mexicans and for me to be on this card, to be fighting on this day and to be fighting a fighter like Mosley, it’s very important and I’m very honored and proud. That’s why we’re working very, very hard so that all the Mexicans can celebrate and be happy come Cinco de Mayo.

Q

There’s been a lot of discussion about what Shane has done recently. Frankly, he looked very bad in his last three fights-two losses by shut out decision against Pacquiao and against Floyd and also the draw against Sergio Mora. I wonder if it is at all difficult for you to look at the card where you see Floyd in the main event, you have talked about in the past his desire to fight Floyd, now you are fighting in a co-feature. If Floyd wins the fight in the main event, you’ll be winning one of the belts in the same weight class. How hard is it for you to not think about the possibility that in the near future maybe you and Floyd will be in the main event against each other?

Canelo Alvarez

No, I assure that nothing is going to break my concentration, my focus. I’m concentrating solely, 100 percent on Shane Mosley. I have the experience now. It happened to me once, precisely on the card when Floyd fought Shane. I was a little distracted because it was all new-the big card, the big event, the media, the people, the scenery. So, I’ve learned from that. Today I’m 100 percent concentrated on the task on hand and that’s what I’m going to do.

Q

Oscar, let me ask you about that. You don’t have to concentrate on the fight because you can sit back and promote it and watch it. What are your thoughts about the possibility of in the future, if Canelo takes care of the business like everybody expects he will on May 5th, that it could be another big pay-per-view event that you could promote involving Canelo against Mayweather?

Oscar De La Hoya

Well, there’s definitely a bigger prize at the end of the tunnel if Canelo wins or if Mosley wins. I mean, the winner will go on to bigger and better fights. That’s a given. You can either face the winner of Andre Berto/Victor Ortíz or you can face the winner of Floyd Mayweather/Miguel Cotto. So, this is a very important fight.

Q

But that’s a fight you guys have talked about and that has been in discussion. If things work out, would there be a potential fight between Floyd and Canelo?

Oscar De La Hoya

Well, it’s definitely something we have to sit down and talk about after May 5th. Those would be the plans in the near future.

Q

How big of a fight is that? I mean, I’m asking a guy that’s been involved in many of the biggest fights in recent boxing history.

Oscar De La Hoya

I actually would be biting my nails because that fight can get close to my fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Q

At the beginning, you mentioned you’ve watched many videos coming up of Shane Mosley. What is it that you learned from him? What is it that you picked up from these videos?

Canelo Alvarez

I’ve learned a lot. How he punches and how he counter punches, his movements and everything. I’ve adapted it to my own style, but I’ve learned a lot from Shane Mosley.

Q

Do you think that this will be your most difficult fight that you’ve had in your career?

Canelo Alvarez

Yes, yes. I’m very, very happy and I’m very motivated. We admire him. It’s an honor for me to be fighting him, but once I step into the ring, that all goes out the window. I will be there to fight, we’re going to give the best of ourselves and we’re going to go in there to win.

Q

Do you think Canelo is one of the best fighters to come out in recent years and one of the most popular fighters at this moment?

Oscar De La Hoya

Canelo is very active. For 21-years-old, he’s very much advanced and there’s no doubt he’s on the right path, and yes, he is in a very difficult fight, but he is very confident that he’ll get through it and become one of the biggest fighters in history.

Q

This actually could have been two separate cards with the names and fighters you have on this card, Oscar. How difficult was to make it? You have Canelo against Mosley, Mayweather against Cotto. How difficult was it to put on one card?

Oscar De La Hoya

This is what we’re trying to do here, put on the best cards. This is the first of many and you can expect that. We’re trying to give back to the fans and bring back boxing the way it should be.

Q

Canelo, what do you think you can learn from fighting a fighter with the experience of Shane Mosley?

Canelo Alvarez

I’m going to gain a lot of experience and learn a lot from this fight because Shane can counter punch you. He can get you coming in with his lead punches. I mean, this is the kind of fight you want to advance in your career to get better because the experience is going to be very valuable.

Q

You have a lot of experience for your age, but now that you’re fighting Mosley, do you think that it takes more than experience and intelligence and that you have to go in there and use your strength because of his age?

Canelo Alvarez

No, not at all. In this fight, I have to have everything. I have to have speed. I have to have intelligence. I have to have power. I have to be very alert and I can’t get over confident because it’s a very dangerous, difficult fight for me.

Q

How valuable is the way you beat Mosley? I mean if you go in there and struggle and have a difficult time, people are going to criticize you. But if you go in there and knock him out, people are going to say, “Wow, he’s ready for the bigger and better things.” How important is that and how valuable?

Canelo Alvarez

I repeat. It’s a very difficult fight. It’s a very important fight, but we’re working on it. That’s why we’re working very hard so that the people leave very convinced that I am the winner and that I am ready for bigger and better things.

Q

What does Shane has that worries you the most?

Canelo Alvarez

I’m not worried. I’d be worried if I didn’t train properly, if I didn’t have a good camp, but it’s not a worrisome. I just know what I’ve got. He’s a very difficult fighter. We know that, but we’re preparing for that and we’re very confident.

Q

You mentioned after the fight with Cintrón that you wanted to fight Mayweather and now you’re the co-main event to Mayweather and Cotto. How does that make you feel?

Canelo Alvarez

No, no, no, the bout doesn’t bother me at all. Floyd is Mayweather, he’s on the throne. He decides and he can decide right now because he is at the top. He’s pound for pound the best fighter in the world and all we have to do is keep working hard, keep winning our fights and that is my goal-to fight the best fighters in the world, but one at a time.

Kelly Swanson

Let’s go ahead and wrap up. If Canelo wants to make any last minute comments and then we do have Shane Mosley ready to join the call.

Canelo Alvarez

I just want to thank all the press, all the fans. Hi to Kelly, Oscar and let everyone know we’ll be ready and we’ll see you soon.

Kelly Swanson

Thank you. Okay, so as we’re making the transition, I do just want to have a couple of program notes. We are getting full into the schedule for Ring Kings and next week Miguel Cotto will be hosting his media day in Orlando, Florida followed by his conference call. The media day will be the 17th, his conference call on the 18th. Floyd Mayweather’s media day will be on the 24th and his conference call on the 25th. There’s a lot of HBO programming going on in between with, like Oscar mentioned, the start of 24/7 and of course tonight Canelo Álvarez: Portrait of a Fighter, which premieres at 9:15 Eastern Time.

So, everybody pay close attention to your e-mails. You’re going to be getting more and more information about this great card. I believe Shane is with us, so I’m going to turn it back over to Oscar for the introductions. Oscar?

Oscar De La Hoya

Thank you very much, Kelly. It is my pleasure to introduce to you a future first ballot Hall of Famer. He’s a six-time and three division world champion. He first won the lightweight world title in 1997 and obviously, he’s beaten many world champions, including the likes of Fernando Vargas and myself, twice against Ricardo Mayorga. He obviously had that spectacular win against Antonio Margarito where everybody, once again, counted him out and now obviously, he’s looking to make history once again against a young, Saúl Canelo Álvarez and he’s looking for that seventh world title.

So, it is my pleasure to introduce to you, hailing from Pomona, California, he’s got a record of 47-7 and 39 knock-outs, Sugar Shane Mosley.

Shane Mosley

Thank you, Oscar. I’m very happy to be here, had a great camp-I’m having a great camp and I am in great shape. I look forward to a big match up with Canelo Álvarez. So, thank you.

Q

Shane, obviously the Pacquiao, Mayweather fights-you were going into those fights a slight underdog and we know how those turned out. But, to be kind of put in as, I guess, the opponent against Canelo, at what point does it really dig in and become personal and about pride of a guy who has beaten the likes of like Oscar said, him twice and knocked out Antonio Margarito and fought at this weight before and that kind of thing? When does it become about pride?

Shane Mosley

It’s about pride now, but all of those fights, the victories that I’ve won; they were all in the past. This is now the future and this is a young up and coming fighter, a young champion I should say, who has the belt that I want. I’m looking to win the belt and going to bigger and better things. We both have our ideas of what we want to do. He has his idea of winning the fight and going on to bigger things and I have the same plan. So, when you have two guys that are looking to be victorious in a grand fashion, then that only makes for a great fight. So, I think we’re going to be getting it on.

Q

Zab Judah said before his last fight with Vernon Paris that he knows what Paris is going through. Paris was saying a lot of bad things about him, disrespecting him and he really said, “I’m not going to be that name fighter that takes this guy to the next stratosphere.” Now, obviously, that’s what Canelo’s trying to do. How much does that motivate you and really kind of put your back against the wall and really feel like this is it for you?

Shane Mosley

I don’t even look at it as my back being put against the wall. This fight I’m looking to make a statement-not just winning but making a statement. And when I get into the ring and I fight, regardless if it goes 12 rounds or if it doesn’t, I’m going to make a statement that I come to fight.

Q

That same night that Judah did what he did to Paris, Erik Morales was losing to Danny Garcia. Did you look at those fights in any way and do you see maybe that people might be thinking that what happened to Morales could happen to you?

Shane Mosley

I didn’t see the Zab Judah fight, but I did watch the Danny Garcia fight and I mean. Yes, it looked to me that Morales was a little out of shape. He was fighting out of his weight class. I know that Danny Garcia was very strong and young and was just more ready for the fight. Even though Morales had more experience than Danny Garcia, it looked like Danny Garcia prepared very well for the fight and Morales didn’t.

Q

To you was that a clear case though of youth overcoming experience? Did you see it in any way that way and do you see maybe that as potentially being the difference if you are not able to summon all the skills and experience that you did in the past?

Shane Mosley

I don’t see myself and Morales in the same boat, especially for this fight. I don’t see myself like Morales. I see myself way better than Morales for this particular fight. I see myself not as an old warrior but a young killer. I don’t buy into the 40 year old or-I’m coming to work like a killer. I’m coming to the fight like I fought with Margarito, like the training camp I had with Margarito and even better.

Q

Okay, is that a reference to the guys that you’re sparring with? Are they young guys? Do you see that? Is that manifesting itself in your training?

Shane Mosley

They’re younger than I am, but they’re also bigger. So, it’s just that I’ve been looking at this fight; I’m not coming into this fight not being able to work like I need to work. I’m coming into this fight working it 100 percent. I’m coming to this fight ready to dominate.

Q

You faced both Cotto and Mayweather. How would you describe their boxing styles and your position for the fight?

Shane Mosley

Miguel Cotto is definitely a hard worker and very strong and I think he’s a little deceptive in the way that he throws his punches. He appears to be slower than he really is. He’s really fast. I believe that with Mayweather, he has great skills and talent. I think that it’s going to be a tough fight for both guys. The first four or five rounds are going to be interesting, but I think Floyd might take over from there, but you never can tell. If Floyd doesn’t take Miguel serious, then Miguel can be a good choice in the fight being that he is a natural 154 pounder.

Q

What does a seventh world title mean to your legacy as a boxer?

Shane Mosley

Well, I mean, it means a lot, but I think that winning the title-just winning this title is going to mean even more because it puts me in line with the bigger fights that hopefully once I finish I can go ahead and fight the other two rematches.

Q

What would you say your ultimate goal in the sport of boxing is?

Shane Mosley

The ultimate goal is just to be the best I can be each and every fight, fighting until I can’t fight anymore and the ultimate goal is going to be to keep those rematches.

Q

Shane, you lost your last fight to Pacquiao. You lost to Mayweather. You had a draw with Mora. What are you doing differently this time in camp to try to change the result with this bout with Canelo?

Shane Mosley

I think the difference in this camp is that I’m going to the camp I am feeling good-not worrying about anything bothering me. This camp is a different camp because it’s a camp where I’m able to be at my best and I’m happy about that.

Q

You recently revealed that you had an Achilles injury prior to the Pacquiao fight. But going into that fight, you were telling everyone that you felt great. What I wanted to know is are you truly healthy this time and why should your fans believe you when you say that now you’re feeling healthy?

Shane Mosley

Well, I mean, it’s up to them to make that decision-if they want to believe me or not. When they go to the betting odds and they put their money down and they bet, just know that I warned you.

Q

You’re facing a heavy-handed guy in this fight. What’s the strategy going into this fight with Canelo? Are you going to stand with him, try to box, show a little movement? What’s the strategy going into this fight?

Shane Mosley

I better not give away much strategy, but I can just let you know that I’m ready to fight. My mentality is to fight, but I definitely will box-fight, punch. I’m going to do everything.

Q

You’ve been a headliner, pound for pound top 10 guy in your career, but seems like Álvarez’s camp has kind of selected you to be a stepping stone to his career in this fight. How long do you plan to continue fighting and does the fact that they view you as perhaps a stepping stone-does that give you a little extra motivation going into this fight?

Shane Mosley

I have nothing against Canelo Álvarez and the camp. They only listen to what the media or some of the media is saying and hopefully they don’t read too much into it. I’m hearing that Canelo’s not taking that serious, so it’s going to make it a great fight with a great young fightet. The difference is that Canelo’s going to be fighting Shane Mosley than the other two did. So, that’s the difference though.

Q

I was wondering, style-wise Shane, who does Canelo remind you of in terms of past opponents? Anybody that you fought remind you style-wise of Canelo Álvarez?

Shane Mosley

You can tell that he tries to emulate different things, which just shows that he’s really learning the sport of boxing. He’s really learning and he’s trying to learn different things. I think he’s going to be good in the future.

Q

Has your approach to training changed at all because of your age?

Shane Mosley

No, it hasn’t changed. I think that it has improved.

Q

How?

Shane Mosley

Basically I’m able to change and I’m able to do things that I couldn’t do in other camps. I’m able to do a lot more. I can run more. I can move better. I can slip and slide. I can punch harder. I can just do more things.

Q

Tell us, what does it mean to you to come out victorious on the biggest Mexican holiday against currently the biggest Mexican star?

Shane Mosley

It means a lot. I fight a lot of Mexican holidays-Cinco de Mayo, September 15th-those seem to be my days. So, it’s going to mean a lot and it’s actually a comfortable day for me being that I’m in California and living in a predominantly Latino area. It’s no problem for me.

Q

Do you see any threats in Canelo?

Shane Mosley

I mean, there are always threats. He’s a young fighter. He’s strong and packs a pretty good punch. He varies the shots to the head. He does some good things. So, I mean there’s always some threat, but I feel really confident. I feel really confident that whatever he throws at me I’ll be able to withstand and handle.

Q

Is there anything that you’ve in your training camp, any interesting technique that you’ve implemented into your training camp now?

Shane Mosley

No, I think it’s just more of me being able to do things that I need to do in a training camp. The other training camps-I couldn’t really do what I need to do to be at my best in the actual fight. I think this particular training camp is a lot better.

Kelly Swanson

Thank you everyone. That was our last question for Shane Mosley. Thank you Shane. Thank you Oscar and thank you to the media for joining today’s call.

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“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBA Super Welterweight World Championship is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight between undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas and perennial contender Alfonso Gomez. Opening the pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos Quintana which is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla – Cinco De Mayo and will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Limited tickets for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” are still available, with a total ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Three Las Vegas MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and The Mirage, will host live closed circuit telecasts of “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto.” Advanced purchased tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not including handling fees. All seats are general admission and are on sale now at each individual property’s box office outlets or by phone with a major credit card at (866) 799-7711.

Episodes two and three of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debut on Saturday, April 21 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and Saturday, April 28 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT) respectively, with the finale debuting Friday, May 4 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

NCM Fathom will broadcast “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” in high definition LIVE to more than 440 movie theaters nationwide. Tickets to see the fight on the big screen are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.

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