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Shane Mosley: Advisor scheduled to meet with Pacquiao promoter Tuesday

Former three-division world champion Shane Mosley said Monday his adviser has a Tuesday meeting scheduled with Manny Pacquiao's promoter to "go over the particulars and maybe sign" a contract for a May 7 Pacquiao-Mosley fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"We've already discussed the fight about three-four weeks ago, so now we'll go over it again," Mosley said in a telephone interview. "Both sides just need to commit to what we've talked about and then I think we're done."

Mosley said he's fine with the proposed site and date, and is waiting to hear what weight Pacquiao wants to fight -- be it a welterweight bout at 147 pounds or a catch-weight (perhaps 148) for Pacquiao's World Boxing Council junior-middleweight belt.

There was a report in the Philippines Monday that Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach wanted Mosley to submit to drug testing, given the Pomona fighter's 2003 involvement with the steroid-distributing Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative.

Mosley said he'd submit to any testing, even the stringent U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's methods he was subjected to before his May 1 loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., as long as Pacquiao did the same.  

Roach, however, said Monday he's never asked for Mosley to undergo any testing stronger than what's required by the Nevada State Athletic Commission -- pre- and post-fight urine tests.

"I'm a clean guy," said Mosley, 39.

Mosley called discussions about dollars "little things."

Another aspiring Pacquiao opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez, proposed receiving a $5-million guarantee, while making $5 per pay-per-view buy above 500,000, for $8.5 million total if the fight generated 1.2 million buys.

Mosley wouldn't discuss specifics of his offer that adviser James Prince is expected to make to Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, but added he's confident it will be well-received because "they don't want to deal with Marquez."

Arum's company, Top Rank, and Marquez's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions in Los Angeles, are currently involved in a lawsuit over Pacquiao profits and they haven't made a fight together in more than a year.

Marquez's promoter, Richard Schaefer, said he hasn't received any similar overture from Top Rank to more intimately discuss the world lightweight champion's proposal to fight Pacquiao for a third time.  

Mosley is a stake-holder in Golden Boy, but he left the company to express interest in a Pacquiao deal and says he's prepared to finalize that departure by signing to fight Pacquiao.

"I'm not sure I want to be involved with that company any more, and receive the treatment they've given me over the last few weeks," Mosley said. "Golden Boy showed me a lot what they think of me."

-- Lance Pugmire    

 

 

 

 

 
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