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Reporter Elie Seckbach caught up with boxing trainer Joe Goossen to get his opinion on the May 7 boxing match between Manny Pacquiao vs Sugar Shane Mosely. Goosen feels like it's going to be a good close fight.
Tickets went on sale yesterday and within 3 hours, 16,000 seats had been gobbled up for the event at the Las Vegas MGM Grand.
"What would you expect? Manny Pacquiao is a cash generating machine. And it also goes to show you that Shane Mosely brings some cache to this fight," Goossen said. "Because a lot of people, including myself think Shane Mosely can be in this fight very easily."
Shane is getting older, at age 39 he'll have to be really crafty to slow down the whirlwind of punches from Pacquiao
"He's a little bit older, but do you think he has a little more on the ball than [Antonio] Margarito? Yes I think he does and he's gonna have a lot more head movement that Margarito. I think his hand is speed is gonna be better than Margarito and the punch that really worked for Margarito is Shane's best punch... and that's that left hook to the liver. Let me tell you, I've worked with Shane... the strongest liver shots I've ever felt, trust me." Goossen said.
The fight is already exceeding expectations for promotor Bob Arum, who marveled at how fast tickets were moving.
"Incredible, simply incredible, I have never promoted a fight that has sold so many tickets so quickly." Arum said.
One interesting sidenote to this fight. It will be held on Showtime instead of HBO. Don't worry, the change won't affect your ability to order the pay-per-view bout. It's just the first time in a long time either Mosley or Pacquia has fought on a network besides HBO.