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Mayol lone Pinoy entry in Pacquiao-Mosley tiff

By ALEX P. VIDAL

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Cebuano Rodel Mayol (27-5-2, 21 KOs) will be the only Filipino prizefighter who will see action in the eight-fight undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley 12-round WBO welterweight main event on May 7 at the MGM Grand.

The 29-year-old former WBC lightflyweight champion now based in Los Angeles, California, will face Javier Gallo (17-3-1, 9 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico for 8 rounds in a non-title scrapper.

Mayol, a former protege of Cebu boxing patron Antonio L. Aldeguer, is fresh from a 7th round TKO win over Pompetch Twins Gym at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines on Nov. 5, 2010.

He won the WBC tiara with a second round disposal of Edgar Sosa on Nov. 21, 2009 in Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.

Mayol successfully kept his title with a 3rd round technical draw against Omar Nino Romero on Feb. 27, 2010 at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

In a rematch on June 19, 2010, Mayol yielded the throne to the same Romero via 12-round unanimous decision at the Plaza de Toros, San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico.

The Mayol-Gallo fracas won’t be shown “live” on HBO which will feature only on a “pay-per-view” the three main undercards — Ray Narh vs Mike Alvarado for 10-round WBC Continental Americas super lightweight championship; Alfonso Lopez vs Kelly Pavlik for 10-round super middleweight none-title duel; and Jorge Arce vs Wildredo Vazquez 12-round WBO super bantamweight title fight.
Hawaii’s Leon Panoncillo will supervise the Pacquiao-Mosley WBO welterweight championship.

 
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First four rounds ‘a walk in hell’ for Shane Mosley

By ALEX P. VIDAL

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — AS an 8-1 underdog, Sugar Shane Mosley has been warned not to engage Manny Pacquiao in a phone-booth brawl in the first four rounds of their 12-round duel for the WBO 147-lb jewels on May 7 at the MGM Grand.
“The first four rounds will be a walk in hell for Mosley,” cautioned Oregon-based ring strategist Orlando Guerra in an exclusive interview. “He must avoid a head-on collision in the early rounds because that is where Pacquiao is so deadly.”
Guerra, 67, of Mexicali, Mexico, who now resides in Salem, warned the fight, to be televised on HBO “live” on a “pay-per-view”, could be over in six rounds if the two decide to slug it out and force a knockout victory.
“When two hard-hitting matadors blast each other with heavy blows, the judges can throw away their scorecards and enjoy watching the fight,” said Guerra, who once mentored former world champions Wilfredo Benitez and Lupe Pintor.

BODY ATTACK

Wild Card Gym guru Freddie Roach had warned earlier Pacquiao would go for 39-year-old Mosley’s body and try to finish the project in three to four rounds.
Team Pacquiao believes age will be a big factor once the two heavy bombers collide and the defending champion from Mindanao in the Philippines will breeze his way to victory because of his “excellent” condition.
Roach, 51, expressed confidence that his ward will easily beat Mosley. ”From day one Manny told me this would not be an easy fight and he’s been training his ass off from then until now. We know we’re in for a tough fight,” Roach said during Wednesday’s (May 4) press preview at the MGM’s Hollywood Theater.

‘AGE DOESN’T MATTER’

But Mosley’s trainer, Nazeem Richardson, did not believe that age factor will play a key role on May 7. In every rule there is exemption, he said.
”All we keep hearing about is age and is age a factor. What we fail to forget is that we’re not talking about an ordinary guy getting older in the ring. We’re talking about a special guy. This guy is a legend. Mosley is bringing his own set of weapons to the plate and Pacquiao is going to see difficulties that he has never seen before,” thundered Richardson.
It was Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) who drew the loudest cheers from the crowd when he quipped: ”You heard I trained hard for this fight. You know why? Because Mosley is a good fighter. You think he’s old? He’s not old. He moves like he’s 31-years-old. He has handspeed, foot speed and he knocked Margarito out. I fought Margarito and we went twelve rounds. He has an advantage there.
“The biggest of my fight of my life is not in boxing. The biggest fight of my life is how to end poverty in my country.
“I’m so happy about this fight because there is no trash talking. This is a good example to the boxing fans and the children who idolize the fighters.”
Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) for his part, promised not to disappoint his fans despite his age.
”This fight is going to be a terrific fight. We’re both warriors, we both love to fight and we’re both winners. When you get two winners in the ring you know it’s going to be a heck of a fight,” vowed Mosley, who absorbed back to back points setbacks to Wrinky Wright and the late Vernon Forrest in his early years as welterweight warrior.

 
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