Currently: 85° | Complete forecast | Log in

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says Shane Mosley ‘out of character’ for upcoming fight

Mayweather Jr. happy to talk Mosley, nothing to say on Manny Pacquiao

Image

Steve Marcus

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out at his gym Wednesday. In the background is a poster promoting his upcoming fight against WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley. Mayweather will fight Mosley for the title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1.

Mayweather Prepares for Mosley

Welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his camp discuss the May 1st fight against Shane Mosley.

Mayweather Media Workout

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out at his gym Wednesday. In the background is a poster promoting his upcoming fight against WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley. Mayweather will fight Mosley for the title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1. Launch slideshow »

Reader poll

Who wins on May 1?

View results

In the sport of boxing, a fighter knows never to get sucked into his opponent's game.

According to Floyd Mayweather Jr., May 1 is still more than two weeks away and Shane Mosley already has made that mistake.

Known as a relatively quiet guy, Mosley noticeably has been more verbal with Mayweather while promoting their welterweight bout next month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The current WBA champ also felt motivated to get some new body art in anticipation of May 1, all the more evidence to Mayweather that his opponent is not himself as the fight draws closer.

"I think he's kind of out of character," Mayweather said. "We all know that's not the real Shane Mosley. The guy waits until he's 38 to get tattoos? Come on."

Mayweather's father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., has also seen the transformation in Mosley and attributes it to one thing — fear.

"He's scared is why he's talking as much as he is," Mayweather Sr. said. "Shane is not a person that runs his mouth, but he's trying to talk the fight into himself. He's trying to build himself up and be the man that he wants to be when he gets in there.

"He wants to be the man he was when he beat Antonio Margarito. But that's not going to happen. Because he's not fighting Antonio Margarito. He's fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he's in trouble."

As entertained as Mayweather has been with Mosley's attempts to keep up with him verbally, he says he's expecting a similar outcome when he tries to keep up physically.

In the same confident tone that the boxing world has come to know, Mayweather (40-0, 25 KO) stood by his perfect record and didn't seem to think that Mosley (46-5, 39 KO) or any other fighter, stands a chance at ruining it.

"I don't think no fighter has a chance of beating me," Mayweather said. "Floyd Mayweather is a born fighter. It's not my fault I'm so much better than the guys I'm facing. People want to see fights that are a toe-to-toe battle, but I'm just too smart and intelligent of a fighter."

Mayweather had an answer for every possible question thrown out regarding his upcoming opponent during Wednesday's open workout. He even used Mosley to answer a few questions he obviously didn't like.

Mayweather originally was set to fight Manny Pacquiao in March before negotiations broke down because of Pacquiao's unwillingness to undergo Olympic style drug testing.

Since the collapse of that fight, Mayweather has grown increasingly restless with the nonstop questions on a potential fight with Pacquiao in the future.

When asked Wednesday if he thought that fight could still be made, Mayweather responded, "Shane Mosley is a great fighter and that's why we chose Mosley. Tune in on May 1."

Mayweather Sr. also seemed disinterested on the topic of Pacquiao, but hinted on one thing.

The Filipino boxer filed a defamation lawsuit against the Mayweather camp after negotiations broke down. The suit was based on what Pacquiao said were false accusations the camp made that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Mayweather Sr. said that in all his years involved in the sport, he's never seen a fighter turn to the courts over pre-fight trash talk.

"Right now, there's litigation going on with the courts," Mayweather Sr. said. "There's really nothing to talk about. He ain't nobody anyway. I've never heard of anybody doing something like this in boxing."

When asked if the lawsuit has been a distraction to him in his preparations for Mosley, Mayweather answered shortly.

"I don't know what lawsuit you're talking about," Mayweather said. "I'm famous. I get lawsuits from people all the time. Next question."

Another report regarding the addition of a rematch clause in Mayweather's contract with Mosley has raised the question in some fans of his confidence that he can win the fight.

Under the condition in the contract, Mayweather can demand an immediate rematch should he lose.

Mayweather's adviser Leonard Ellerbe laughed at the notion that it could affect his fighter's performance May 1 and said that a rematch clause is a basic piece of business designed to protect his fighter.

"First off, I want to be very clear and direct on this rematch clause," Ellerbe said. "It is a piece of business that has nothing to do with the fight. Somehow it's been misrepresented out there that Floyd wants the rematch and will fight based on the rematch. Floyd knew nothing about it.

"There are many unforeseen circumstances in a fight. You have cuts, no contests, disqualifications. If you don't have a rematch clause in place, you're screwed. So it's just a normal piece of business that we do and have done to protect our guy."

Regardless of what matters come up outside of the ring before Mayweather fights, he's proven time and again to be immune to distraction.

Whether or not a pending lawsuit or rematch clause is enough to break the trend is a question that will be answered May 1.

As one might guess, the Mayweather camp doesn't seem overly concerned.

"What does Shane Mosley bring to the table?" said Mayweather Sr. "He brings his ass to the table to get the (expletive) whooped out of him. Because that's what he's gonna get."

Brett Okamoto can be reached at 948-7817 or [email protected]. Also follow him on twitter: LVSunFighting.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

No trusted comments have been posted.