Naazim Richardson feels that Shane Mosley's power will make a difference against Manny Pacquiao. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Our friends at The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo had the chance to speak with Naazim Richardson (head trainer for "Sugar" Shane Mosley) today. You can listen to the full show here.
Richardson said on the show that he doesn't expect his fighter to be stopped on Saturday. Mosley has never been knocked out in his 18-year professional career, but lines on KO/decision for Pacquiao have shifted toward a knockout.
"When it comes to Pacquiao, as far as stopping Shane Mosley, I haven't even entertained that idea," said the trainer.
"Mosley is fully focused and fully confident going into this bout."
(on a knockout in the fight) "There's a good chance Pacquiao will find what he's looking for, but maybe at the wrong side of the table."
"I take full responsibility for not putting the best game plan together against Mora."
"I feel like Pacquiao will box, either in the beginning, or after he gets cracked."
One bit I found really interesting -- and a bit troubling -- was the Mora comment. Here's what Naazim said in full:
"I drilled into (Shane's) head going into the Mora fight that Mora was gonna engage, because Mora's engaged with every other fighter he's ever fought. But then Mora got in there and had no intentions of engaging with Shane Mosley."
That is not the Sergio Mora I remember ever seeing, to be honest. That would have been about the last thing I would have drilled into Mosley's head for a Mora fight.