Los Angeles, CA July, 17 2009—WBA Welterweight Super Champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley announced today that he is ready to go after Manny Pacquiao’s IBO Junior Welterweight Championship belt and for the first time in his illustrious career , is prepared to fight at 140 pounds.
In a statement, Mosley said:
“There is unfinished business to take care of. I have never fought at t junior welterweight, but I’m ready to fight at 140 now. I am coming after Pacquiao’s belt.
This is the fight the fans want and I’m prepared to give it to them. It’s up to Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao to stop running from me and step up to the challenge. Let’s meet in the ring at 140.
I want to reclaim the title of best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. First Pacquiao, then Mayweather—I’m ready to put all of the naysayers to rest. “
Mosley last faced Antonio Margartio in January 2009 and delivered a ninth-round knockout. He is the current WBA Welterweight Super Champion and has held titles as a lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight. Pacquiao is coming off a second-round knock-out victory over Ricky Hatton in May.