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Shane Mosley willing to go down to 140 pounds to fight Pacquiao

July 17, 2009 | 12:41 pm

Mosley Shane Mosley just called me to elaborate on a news statement that he's willing to go down to 140 pounds to fight Manny Pacquiao in the fall.

"This will put a lot of things to rest," Mosley told The Times. "I don't think [Miguel] Cotto can even make 145, and now I'm saying I'm willing to fight Pacquiao at his weight. I'll do that and go back up to welterweight and fight Floyd Mayweather Jr."

There's been a noticeable delay before what was expected to be a routine negotiation to pit Pacquiao against his Top Rank stablemate, Cotto, in November. Promoter Bob Arum has been on vacation and is expected to update the situation Monday in L.A.

But Mosley is working to further complicate the delay by renewing his offer to land a payday against Pacquiao that is far more lucrative than an alternate bout against Andre Berto.

"What else can be said?" Mosley asked, referring to potential reasons the Pacquiao camp may settle on choosing to fight Cotto.

Pacquiao's response could come later today. I ran Mosley's 140 pitch past a close Pacquiao friend in the U.S., and he responded, "Wow! That's some news."

-- Lance Pugmire

Photo: Shane Mosley celebrates after beating Antonio Margarito on Jan. 24, Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times