This past weekend the second episode of Showtime’s Pacquiao-Mosley, Fight Camp 360 premiered in conjunction with the Vic Darchinyan-Yohnny Perez bantamweight clash. Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley face off on May 7th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what is shaping up to be the biggest event of the year thus far and the series chronicled the two men as they began to get into the thick of things in their training.
When looking at Pacquiao and Mosley there are several parallels you see, such as their genuine nature and refusal to trash one another, but at the same time the two men come from extremely different backgrounds. This fact was heightened as Pacquiao could be seen training the first leg of his camp in his native Philippines in Baguio admits a sea of adoring fans in his downtime while Mosley could be found in his secluded home in the hills of the Big Bear mountains in California.
<— Slideshow: Images from Pacquiao-Mosley Fight Camp 360, episode 2
The episode highlighted the dynamics that take place behind the scenes of a legitimate training camp, from the mind sets of the two fighters as well as the strategy that will be implemented by trainers Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson. While Pacquiao puts much pressure on himself to perform for his country, Mosley’s mood is lightened by the family element around him as he refuses to give up on his legacy at 39 years of age.
For some telling quotes from the episode please continue reading below…
“You really have to put your mind into what you are trying to do” – Shane Mosley on gearing up for another super fight.
“We have our work cut out for us but we’ll be ready” – Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach claiming that no corners will be cut
“A lot of people have tried to get me fired along the ways. A lot of people have tried to get me replaced and so forth. Manny will have nothing of that.” – Roach reflecting on his bond with Pacquiao
“I say I would die for Manny Pacquiao and I think he wold die for me too.” – More from Roach
“We’re very close and we understand each other. We have e a good relationship” – Pacquiao on his chemistry with Roach
“As a group we all want to help each other on things that we need to improve on.” – Shane Mosley Jr. speaking from his Dad’s camp
“Pacquiao’s guarantee is twenty million dollars. Shane gets five million dollars as his guarantee. I’m really happy that the fighters today are making the money that they are making. They’re the ones earning it. The public is paying for them to fight.” – Top Rank promoter Bob Arum
“Working in camp can be very stressful. All of this gives me energy to keep going, keep going, and keep going.” – Mosley on the ambience in Big Bear
“At this point in time it’s a mental thing. If he thinks he took a day off, then he has to be twice as hard on himself the next day. that’s just Manny.” – Alex Ariza on Pacquiao’s mind set
“Some of the things that he wills himself to do I think he does it for his people. I think there is just something in him that gives him that fortitude to just keep pushing past when normal people would quit” – Ariza on Pacquiao’s motivation
“I don’t need anybody to tell me how good I am or how great I am” – A defiant Shane Mosley
“It feel amazing to me to be part of the camp. Part of the team. I’ve got a lot of respect for Manny Pacquiao. I think he’s the best fighter in the world and I want to follow his footsteps.” – Amir Khan, who had flown into Baguio as part of Pacquiao’s camp
“This is the time to laugh and joke with each other and keep things on ease before things get heavy. Because they’re going to get heavy.” – Mosley’s trainer Naazim Richardson on lightening the mood before the fight
“When someone says ‘Who is the next Manny Pacquiao?’ I think that’s unfair. I don’t think anyone will ever do what’s he’s done. Ever.” – Freddie Roach on Pacquiao’s accomplishments
For images of Pacquiao, Mosley, Roach, Richardson, Arum and others please visit the slideshow on the left or click HERE
Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at Trimond@aol.com