Amir Khan, David Haye, Oscar de la Hoya, Michael Katsidis, Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley at yesterday's weigh-in. To keep things in order: Khan is hoping to fight Juan Manuel Marquez; Haye is probably going to fight Audley Harrison; Oscar is happy to pocket some coin for promoting; Katsidis wants to fight anyone, including Marquez and Khan; Bernard Hopkins is apparently over his tift with the Golden Boy gang; and Shane Mosley had a press conference yesterday for his September 18 PPV fight with Sergio Mora. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
"Be smart, be sharp and fight hard. May the best man win. I am pretty sure that Shane feels deep in his heart and deep in his soul he is going to win." -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. "I don't think his comments have any bearing on me. I'm a competitor so I want to go out there and do what I do. ... I'm gonna win this fight by being Shane Mosley." -- Shane Mosley "I am not your enemy. I am your friend. It's all good man. ... When it's all done, you can invite me over to dinner." -- Roger Mayweather to Mosley "As I have said before, you have good fighters, you have champions, you have elite fighters and you have guys that are special. In this fight you have a rare occasion where you see two special guys going against each other." -- Naazim Richardson "I say that we're going to break records. Not to only break three million homes, my goal is to break four million homes." -- Richard Schaefer (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
"At 147 pounds, Mosley can knock anyone -- anything -- out, but on the other hand, with Mayweather’s defense it’s hard to hit him in the ass with a handful of rice." --Naazim Richardson, Shane Mosley's trainer (Doug Fischer @ The Ring)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley (with Leonard Ellerbe and Oscar de la Hoya) promoting their May 1 fight in Washington, D.C. The event's tagline: "WHO R U PICKING?" (Photo by John Fusco - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions)
There's a fantastic interview with Travis Tygart of the USADA over at the Grand Rapids Press from a few days ago, conducted by David Mayo. Listen: I don't care if you like Mayweather, Pacquiao, neither, or both. Tygart has no horse in that race and he's just speaking his mind about the "joke" that is boxing's current drug-testing system. And everyone should get a grasp on this, no matter what fighter you like. From the interview, which I seriously recommend everyone read: Q: Shane Mosley obviously slipped through some cracks on urine testing alone in Nevada. ... A: "Let me correct that premise for you. The current state of drug testing done by these state commissions is a joke. They don't test for EPO. They don't test for designer steroids. They test for a basic, simple menu that anybody with a heartbeat will escape. I just hate to hear that Shane Mosley did something really sophisticated to get around their testing. No, he didn't. He would've been caught dead to rights in our program. But it doesn't take a whole lot to sidestep the simple kind of drug testing that these state commissions are doing. "Again, I hope it's familiarity, I hope it's knowledge, because part of the growth is for entities, but also athletes, to become knowledgable about these issues. If you're a clean athlete, or you're a sport organizer, promoter, state commission, whatever, if you want to protect clean athletes' rights, you're going to put in a clean program."
"If you concede to whatever Mayweather wants, that's giving him an edge. We're bigger than Mayweather. We don't need him. We don't work for him. "So, the way I feel now, we'll go fight Clottey, then we'll fight the winner of Mosley and Berto." -- Freddie Roach, speaking to the Los Angeles Times
"At the end of the day I am going to just be in there fighting and I think this is going to be a real entertaining match up. Me and Mosley are extreme competitors and it is just going to be a good fight for the fans to watch. It is going to be exciting." -- Andre Berto in an interview with BoxingScene.com's Ryan Burton
Shane Mosley and Andre Berto at their Saturday afternoon press conference in Las Vegas. The two meet on January 30. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Ten years ago this month, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley were featured on the cover of KO Magazine. That month, Mayweather destroyed Carlos Gerena at 130 pounds, and Mosley made the jump from 135 to welterweight, beating Wilfredo Rivera on his way to a 2000 win over Oscar de la Hoya.
Raul Caiz, Sr., steps in on Shane Mosley hammering Antonio Margarito, giving Mosley a ninth round TKO. Margarito would crumble to the mat seconds later. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)