Shane Mosley Says Fight With Manny Pacquiao Is 'Done' Deal
By Lem Satterfield
Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, according to Mosley.
The 32-year-old Pacquiao (52-3-23, 38 knockouts) also holds the WBC junior middleweight (154 pounds) belt, but that is not on the line, according to Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) and another source familiar with the deal.
"It's done. I'm fighting Many Pacquiao on May 7," said the 39-year-old Mosley.
'We came to an agreement today, in fact, just a few minutes ago. Bob Arum, James Prince and I," said Mosley. "We sat down, and we came to an agreement. The only thing that I have to do now is to sign it. Bob Arum is writing it all up right now."
Mosley was the main subject of conversation as the next opponent for Pacquiao during last week's meetings between Pacquiao, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum and Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz. It produced a counter proposal that had been presented to Mosley's adviser James Prince for approval, Koncz told FanHouse on Tuesday.
Mosley was chosen over 37-year-old WBO and WBA lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 38 KOs) and 27-year-old WBC welterweight belt-holder Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs), Mosley said.
Mosley also confirmed that his purse, up front, stands to be around $5 million against Pacquiao. But with incentives, Mosley could wind up earning a career-high amount, surpassing the previous career-best of $7 million that he pocketed after his unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs), who received a non-heavyweight record guarantee of $22.5 million.
"That's still accurate. We came to an agreement with everything involved, including the financial end of it," Mosley said of the numbers pertaining to his purse.
"We're looking to start a promotional campaign probably in early to mid-February, so there will be a press tour," said Mosley. "But the main thing is that I got the fight on May 7, and me and Bob and James Prince, we're all in agreement on everything. I think that I can go in and sign it in about two days or so. But the bottom line is that it's done."