Manny Pacquiao proclaimed for his May 7 fight with Shane Mosley at MGM Grand that he has never trained harder for anyone.
"Mosley is strong and really fights like a man 29 or 30," the eight-time world champion said during Wednesday’s conference call. "I expect him to come right at me, which is great because I enjoy fighting toe to toe."
Pacquiao is due to arrive in Las Vegas on Monday. Before that he will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow night to also promote Saturday’s release of his first single, "Sometimes When We Touch," – a duo with the song’s original artist Dan Hill.
"Manny has been motivated for this fight since Day 1," said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer. "Normally I would have to get Manny motivated the first couple of days, but not this time. Shane will bring out the best in Manny."
As for Mosley, he will arrive in Las Vegas next Tuesday. The weigh-in will be open to the public next Wednesday at MGM with CBS pre-game host James Brown as MC.
Mosley had his news conference Tuesday and said he expects "a lot of fireworks," for the huge pay-per-view welterweight title fight.
"I’m happy to be in a position to make history," Mosley said. "I’ve been in three big money fights in my last five which shows that the people want to see me fight. They know anything can happen in a Shane Mosley fight."
It was also announced in the conference call that CBS will air an hour-long special on the pre-fight preparation this Saturday at 8 p.m. PT.
The card also includes the return of former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik, who will fight unbeaten Alfonso Lopez in a scheduled 10-round super middleweight fight.