SHANE Mosley believes he is still at the level of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, and is eyeing return bouts with the two megafighters as he gets back into the ring after his second retirement.
A former three-division world champion, Mosley is back to battle Ricardo Mayorga in a super middleweight bout on Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, California (Sunday, Manila time).
But what the American prizefighter, now 43, wants to take on the two current biggest boxers, noting he was injured when he battled
“I want to get a couple of fights and then I want to try for the world title again. I want to fight Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao,” Mosley told Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer.
“I’m on that level. I’m still on that level.”
“When I fought those guys the first time, I was injured. I was injured with Mayweather [in May 2010] with the groin pull. I was injured with Pacquiao [in May 2011] with an Achilles pop. Right before I fought Pacquiao, you know, I signed the contract, and I was out at a celebrity game and I popped my Achilles like a day later and I had the surgery like a day after that.
“Complications kept happening and that’s why there’s always people saying, ‘You didn’t have any more legs.’ I didn’t have any more legs because I couldn’t move. In 2009, after beating [Antonio] Margarito—destroying Margarito—I had to do these fights. I had to fight Mayweather. I had to fight Pacquiao. That’s $5 million and $7 million, I couldn’t pass that up—and me having a puncher’s chance, anything can happen. I had to take that gamble.”
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