Ask any avid boxing fan who would win on the upcoming welterweight slam-bam affair between WBO 147-lb champ Manny Pacquiao and living legend Shane Mosley on May 7th, 2011, the consensus and almost unanimous answer would be the pugilist from the Philippines. And understandably so.
Pacquiao is a proven monster as a welterweight and has been on a roll beating bigger and heavier guys since losing to Erik Morales in 2005. On the other side of the fence, Mosley attempts to bounce off from two huge setbacks, with his last win recorded more than two years ago. And a shot at glory against the best boxer in this generation seems to be playing against Mosley’s chances as well.
But given that boxing is still an unpredictable sport, as manifested by the string of upsets that occurred in the past couple of weeks, Mosley, Pacquiao, and the rest of the boxing world may still be in for a surprise.
Nazim Richardson, Mosley’s chief trainer, has a huge undertaking to take – to prepare his ward for a bout that could mean and redefine boxing history. But if other trainers were tasked with such assignment, how would they prep the 40-year old stylistic prizefighter against a boxing whirlwind called Manny Pacquiao?
“I would say get back on HGH. He’s going to need it.” – Stacy Goodson
“I have Shane wait on Manny. Make Manny reach and time him coming in. I would like Shane to box, use his jab. He’s not going to win a shootout with Manny. Shane has to fight as a counter puncher and look to use Manny’s aggressive style against him.” – Vincent Parra, co-trainer of Mercito Gesta
“I would tell him to copy Juan Manuel Marquez. His is the only style that really bothers Pacquiao.” – Edito Villamor, trainer for ALA Boxing Gym
“Mosley would have to be alert 200% and keep up with Pacman; he needs to go with the flow otherwise Pacman will get him from all angles. In short, he needs to keep up with Pacman’s speed.” – Morris East, former world champion and assistant trainer of world titleholder Zab Judah