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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fathers of Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley discuss their sons’ fight

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By Case Keefer (contact)

Thursday, April 8, 2010 | 1:55 a.m.

Jack Mosley has persistently told his son, Shane Mosley, to speak up lately.

Problem is, Shane Mosley never has been one to let talking get in the way of his fight preparation.

"He needs to talk a little more," Jack Mosley said. "A mouth that stays closed never gets fed."

In the meantime, it appears Jack Mosley will have no qualms about speaking for his son. Jack Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Sr. hosted a teleconference Wednesday afternoon discussing the matchup between their sons' May 1 welterweight bout at MGM Grand.

Jack Molsey held nothing back. He predicted Shane Mosley (39-5-1) would upset Floyd Mayweather Jr. (40-0) with relative ease.

"Shane will be too much for Floyd to handle," Jack Mosley said. "He takes a good punch, he hits like a heavyweight and he's fast enough to hit Floyd."

Although the fight is still more than three weeks away, Jack's comment sparked a "my son can beat up your son" argument.

Mayweather Sr., predictably, disagreed with Jack Mosley.

"I heard some crazy things from Jack," he said. "What's Shane going to do? Shane is going to get his ass whooped. That's what's going to happen. Floyd is much faster, much quicker, more clever, smarter and he's got so many things he can do."

Despite his words, Mayweather Sr. did make it clear that he respects Shane Mosley's career achievements. He said a victory would be one of the biggest of his son's career.

Mayweather Sr. also said Shane Mosley would present a bigger challenge than Manny Pacquiao, who was supposed to fight Mayweather in March before the two camps couldn't agree on drug-testing requirements.

"Shane would be a much tougher fighter than that whatever over there that fights like a machine," Mayweather Sr. said. "Shane is going to be much tougher if things were equally on the up-and-up."

According to Jack Mosley, the Mayweathers are going to be stunned to find out just how tough Shane Mosley is in the ring.

Jack Mosley said Shane Mosley had prepared for this fight for more than 10 years, ever since he and Mayweather Jr. burst onto the scene as top fighters in the 1990s.

"We've had strategies to fight Floyd since Floyd started boxing," Jack Mosley said. "If we ever had a chance to fight him, we already knew how to fight him and beat him."

Jack Mosley and Mayweather Sr. have actually followed similar paths in assisting their sons' careers. Both trained their sons as they grew up and became champions.

Jack Mosley recently stepped aside because he said his son no longer needed his tutelage. Mayweather Sr. and Mayweather Jr. had a falling out and didn't speak for seven years until 2009.

But now they are back together and Floyd Sr. couldn't be happier.

"It's very important," Floyd Sr. said. "I love my son. That's my blood. Blood runs deep. There isn't nothing I wouldn't do for him."

Jack Mosley feels the same way for his son, but that's where the agreement between him and Mayweather Sr. ends.

They both have strong, differing opinions on the fight.

"It won't go past 11 (rounds), and you heard this first from Floyd," Floyd Sr. said.

"It won't be a surprise to me when Shane beats him," Jack said.

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