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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Long-time boxing promoter warns Pacquiao of upset win

Rex Wakee Salud, a Cebu-based promoter and a good friend of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, believes that “Sugar” Shane Mosley may be able to pull an upset on May 7 at the MGM Grand Arena. Salud, who has been a boxing promoter for 30 years said that even if Mosley is nearing his 40, you can’t discount him because he can still fight.

Shane, a heavy 7-1 underdog of the Pacquiao vs Mosley fight, is a 3-division world champion. He can punch in both hands and he is the fastest, strongest, and most clever opponent Pacquiao will face.

Salud is a bit worried on Pacquiao. Mosley might be able to pull an upset when they fight. Seeing the 2 upsets last week, and almost an upset the other week were some of the fights that can make you think that even underdogs are still in it to win it. The fight between Morales and Maidana a couple of weeks ago, made the casual boxing fans awe to the performance of the returning Erik Morales, who was the underdog. Many expected that Maidana will blow out the fight but only won it via majority decision. This past week, the favorite Juan Manuel Lopez loses to Orlando Salido via knockout and underdog Victor Ortiz won against undefeated Andre Berto. These are the 3 new examples why you shouldn’t take Shane Mosley lightly.

It’s a good thing that Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao are not taking Shane lightly. They expressed that this has been the best training camp so far. Roach said that Pacquiao will be the first to hand Mosley his KO loss. But when you ask Pacquiao, he would humbly say he will do everything to give the people a good fight.

Shane Mosley only won 2 of his last five fights. The last one, against the less known Sergio Mora, ended in a draw.

In recent interviews, Naazim Richardson, the trainer of Shane Mosley said that they will pull a Buster Douglas (vs Mike Tyson) on May 7. This will be the new greatest upset in the history of boxing.

Even though Salud believes in Manny’s skills, he still advised him to be very careful in every round especially in the first few rounds.