The following is a blog of Shane Mosley’s training camp notes answering questions about his workouts in preparation for his May 5 challenge for the WBC junior middleweight belt owned by Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The blog was taken from a press release distributed by Golden Boy Promotions, the lead promoter of the HBO Pay Per View-televised event whose featured bout has WBC welterweight titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. purusing the WBA junior middleweight crown worn by Miguel Cotto.
Mosley is 0-2-1 in his past three fights, having sandwiched a draw with junior middleweight Sergio] Mora in September of 2010 between one-sided unanimous decision losses to Mayweather and WBO welterweight beltholder Manny Pacquiao in May of 2010 and May of last year, respectively.
In facing Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 knockouts), Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) is returning to the MGM Grand, site of his setbacks against Mayweather and Pacquiao. Mosley is 40, and Alvarez, 21.
Alvarez has just recently discovered the benefits of training in Big Bear, Calif., whereas Mosley has not only trained on the mountain for almost two decades, but also has owned a house there since 1996
Monday, April 23
Question for Mosley: If you could get one fight back, so that you could change your approach to training or strategy in the fight or some other important factor, which would it be and why?
“It doesn’t do me any service as a fighter to look back at past fights and critique myself. The past is the past, and you don’t get fights back. Each and every single fight has led me to where I am today, and I wouldn’t change any of that.
“Sure, there are moments where things could have gone differently, but that’s with anything in life. Like I’ve said before, the Mora fight wasn’t the type of fight I’d like to be in again, but it was what it was.
“The crowd is such a big part of every match, and when the crowd is disappointed, like it was with the Mora fight, it’s hard not to be disappointed. I don’t look at a loss and say ‘I wish I could get this fight back, I wish I could do it again.’
“You could drive yourself crazy doing that. That’s not a boxing thing, that’s with anything and everything. Instead, you look at yourself and say: ‘what will make me a better boxer? How hard do I need to train?’ You know, I am a boxing champion.
“I know what winning feels like. There’s nothing like it. But at the end of the day you do your best and that’s it. I feel ready to win again though and that’s what is going to happen on May 5. Fans and viewers alike will watch this match and know what kind of boxer I am, what kind of boxer I have become.”
Photo by Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
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