Pacquiao on Mosley, Mayweather, Obama, 'Bieber' Haircut
Eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao expects a "hard fight" in his May 7, Showtime pay per view televised, WBO welterweight (140 pounds) defense against three-division, five-time titlist Shane Mosley, still is "praying" for unbeaten six-time champion, Floyd Mayweather, to overcome his legal troubles, and acknowledged sporting a "Justin Beiber" style haircut during Thursday's jam-packed, standing-room-only press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Calif.
The 32-year-old Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 knockouts) and the 39-year-old Mosley (46-6-1 39 KOs) were mobbed by some 300 or so media members in Los Angeles, where they took part in the first stop of a four-city, promotional tour sponsored by Top Rank Promotions that will include appearances in Las Vegas, New York, and, Washington, D.C., respectively, on Saturday, Monday, and, Tuesday.
A congressman in his native, Sarangani Province of the Philippines, Pacquiao and his wife, Jinkee, stand to meet president Barack Obama on Tuesday, in accordance with a request made by United States Senator Harry Reid, D-Nevada, for whom Pacquiao campaigned in October.
"It's my privilege to be invited to meet him," said Pacquiao, who, nevertheless is focused on earning his 14th straight victory and his ninth stoppage during that run against Mosley.
"It's going to be a good fight. I have to train hard for this fight and to make and give a good show," said Pacquiao, who is wary of Mosley's body shots.
"I have to train hard. I have to prepare for this fight," said Pacquiao, who works with five-time Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach. "This camp will be different. I have to be strong, and I have to be fast."
Pacquiao-Mosley will be broadcast on Showtime for the first time in the careers of either fighter, with CBS and Showtime airing a Fight Camp: 360 series that will chronicle their days and nights of preparation leading up to the bout.
Last month, Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, and Top Rank Promotions CEO, Bob Arum, told FanHouse that Pacquiao and Mosley are on Showtime due in large part to the fact that CBS is its parent company, and that the multi-part Fight Camp: 360 will have the ability to reach 115 million homes compared to HBO's 28 million homes.
Despite two failed attempts to make a bout with Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs), Pacqiuiao said that he is hopeful that his potential rival overcomes his myriad legal issues.
"For me, if the fight is to happen, it would be good for the fans. It's what the fans want. For now, though, I'm praying for him that it will be okay, you know, with his personal problems," said Pacquiao.
"I'm not a bad guy and thinking bad things about him," said Mosley. "I'm praying for him to get better and to get everything to be okay in his life and that he can fight his way back."