[PHOTO AT LEFT - Shane Mosley MANILA, Philippines]

MANILA, JUNE 23, 2009 (STAR) By Abac Cordero - Shane Mosley said he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao so whoever wins will get to face the winner of the Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez showdown which was recently postponed and tentatively rescheduled to September.

“Yeah, that is the perfect scenario. That’s the way it is supposed to happen in real boxing,” Mosley, the 38-year-old WBA welterweight champion from California, told as he continued to beg for a fight with Pacquiao.

“Malapit na lumuhod (Soon he’ll be on his knees),” said one of Pacquiao’s advisers, Wakee Salud, of Mosley. The matchmaker from Cebu said everybody is going after the Filipino champion because of the “ton of money” involved.

Mosley has practically swallowed everything in seeking the fight with Pacquiao, announcing that he’s agreeable to a catchweight under 147 lb (the welterweight limit), put his belt on the line, and settle for 40 percent of the earnings.

On the other hand, WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, the choice of Top Rank president Bob Arum as Pacquiao’s next opponent on Nov. 14, is still keeping his cards close to his chest, saying he can only fight Pacquiao at 145 lb.

Arum said Pacquiao has agreed to fight the pride of Puerto Rico at 144 lb, although his trainer, Freddie Roach, said the 28-year-old Cotto should go down to 143 lb because he’s a “dangerous” fighter as compared to what others think.

Arum met with another Pacquiao adviser, Mike Koncz, in Las Vegas yesterday and presented the boxer’s emmisary of the fight proposal. Pacquiao will look it over once Koncz returns to the Philippines, then decide whether he likes it or not.

“We’re trying to see if Pacquiao is going to accept it or not,” said Mosley.

Pacquiao should get no less than 65 percent of everything if he fights Cotto, who’s coming off victorty over Josh Clottey, a bloody, hard-earned win that raised some eyebrows on whether he can stand toe-to-toe with the hard-hitting Pacquiao.

“I think a fight with me would bring a lot more money and a lot more prestige worldwide. We’ll see what happens... the bigger fight is me and Pacquiao. We have the biggest names by far and Pacquiao’s legacy wouldn’t be damaged losing to me,” said Mosley.

In short, Mosley is saying that he’s better than Cotto, and even Pacquiao. True enough, experts think he can give the reigning pound-for-pound champion a tougher time on the ring than Cotto.

“We’re trying to make the fight but I guess Bob Arum is trying to make the fight with Cotto for his own reasons. That’s where we’re at right now,” said Mosley, adding that Arum is giving Cotto a big fight so he could keep him in his stable.

Pacquiao is also looking at a fight with Mayweather, and if the fight with Cotto pushes through, and he wins, then the undefeated American and ex-pound-for-pound champion may be next in line early next year.

That leaves Mayweather without a chair when the music stops.

“Well, either I’ll wait or I’ll retire until somebody is ready to fight. I won’t retire. I’m just going to hold on to my belt until they come out of hiding and want to make a fight. I’ll just keep training and be ready,” Mosley told

Reyes takes underdog role in duel vs Alcano Updated June 23, 2009 12:00 AM

[PHOTO AT LEFT - Ronnie Alcano and Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes MANILA, Philippines]

MANILA, JUNE 23, 2009 (STAR) Ranged against former double world champion Ronnie Alcano, pool icon Efren “Bata” Reyes said he will be the underdog when they square off in the Challenge of the Legend: The Maestro versus The Volcano on June 25-26 at SM North Edsa’s annex building in Quezon City.

For one, the amiable Reyes said he had lost to Alcano the last time they crossed paths even as he maintained that his rival remains one of the best in the sport.

“The last time we met in a tournament, he beat me,” said Reyes, referring to the 2006 World Pool Championship, where Alcano, eliminated him in the Last 16 on his way to the crown.

“No doubt Ronnie is one of the best players in the world today, and I know the fact that he really loves to go up against me. Well, let’s see, I’ll be out to get even with him,” said the 55-year-old Reyes.

The duo will play in a 15-ball rotation, the original pool game of the Filipino and where the two are considered to be the best in the world.

“It’s a much tougher game than 9-ball and 10-ball because there are so many balls in the table that would really challenge your skills and decision making,” said Reyes. “That’s why if you’re good in it, surely you’re also good in 9-ball and 10-ball.”

The match, presented by Sen. Manny Villar’s Villards: Tulong sa Pagsulong ng Philippine Sports in cooperation with the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines and sponsored by Camella Communities, will be a race-to-9, alternate break affair.

Villar, a long-time sports patron, will be the guest of honor and will hit the ceremonial break. The event will be aired live on ABS-CBN’s Studio 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. The national anthem will be sung by Ava of the Pretty Young Thing (PYT).

The event will have two undercards, the first of which is the Scotch Doubles All-Star Challenge, a four-way tournament featuring the tandems of former world no.1 Dennis Orcollo and Asian Games gold medalist Gandy Valle (Bugsy Promotions); former world champion Alex Pagulayan and Rodolfo Luat (Puyat Sports); Lee Van Corteza and Warren Kiamco (Negros Billiards Stable); and Ramil Gallego and Antonio Lining (BMPAP Selection).

There will also be a tournament for the young and up-and-coming pool stars billed as the Sipag at Tiyaga 9-Ball tournament.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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