Mosley comments on Mayweather fight

Shane Mosley, his attorney Judd Burstein and Golden Boy Promotions’ CEO Richard Schaefer held a media conferenceshane mosley call on Tuesday. The only topic seemingly out of bounds was the video of Mosley posted last week by Victor Conte.With open questions about what it might mean for Shane Mosley’s claim that he didn’t know what he took in 2003 when he used banned substances supplied by Conte’s business BALCO Labs, neither the fighter nor his lawyer were in the mood to discuss it. The video is posted on my Examiner sports column here.

Burstein’s only comment when asked about it was this: “There is no point in talking about it. It happened in 2003. The video was edited and taken out of context. Shane will be victorious in court. I have nothing more to say about this.”

Moving on, Mosley was asked if he might have a post-fight relationship with Floyd whether business or personal. Shane told us: “Yeah, of course. This is nothing personal for me. It’s business. It’s a competitive sport.” He added, “We could go out to dinner, families and all that.”

Of course, Shane Mosley is not unfamiliar with being in business with former foes. He is a VP at Oscar De La Hoya’s company, Golden Boy Promotions. But a family dinner? Ok then.

Asked if having fought at 154 lbs. will help him against a guy who uses speed and defense, Mosley told us, “It helps with the power. I can walk him down better. I feel good about being in the ring with bigger guys.”

Repeating what he has said for weeks now, Mosley insisted that the taunting and talk from Floyd means nothing to him. “I don’t know what he says about me. I don’t look at any of it. I’m focused on being the best in the ring.”

Shane wasn’t as clear when asked if the Mayweather fight is the biggest fight of his career. He said it was big, if for no other reason than it is what the public wants to see. However, he considers his first fight with Oscar De La Hoya had its significance too.

As you would expect, Mosley was tight lipped about how he and trainer Naazim Richardson have planned to deal with Mayweather’s techniques. The fighter was not shy about showering praise on Richardson. Despite what some might see as an in-your-face style, Mosley said he welcomed it.

“That makes it so much better going into a fight,” he said. “I can rely on him telling me the truth and not holding back. It gives me more confidence when I get into the ring.”

Richard Schaefer alerted media on the call to the fact that the WBA belt cannot be won by Floyd Mayweather if he defeats Shane Mosley. At the present time, Schaefer said it was unclear if Shane could lose it. Nonetheless, it is not a WBA title fight.

Schaefer went on to announce that there are still some tickets available in the $600 and $1,250 category for the May 1 bout in Las Vegas. All others are sold out. The $50 closed circuit seats on the MGM/Mirage properties go on sale tomorrow and 25,000 will be made available.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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