Floyd "Money" Mayweather and WBA welterweight champion Sugar "Shane" Mosley kicked off their nationwide press tour Tuesday in grand fashion as the two briefly exchanged blows during a news conference at the Nokia Theatre Times Square.
Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) and Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) will square off in a 12-round welterweight bout May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, who scored a unanimous decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in September, didn't waste any time reminding everyone of Mosley's BALCO connection.
"We know when he was on steroids, he was fast," Mayweather said when asked how he would deal with Mosley's speed. "[Manny] Pacquiao's got those power pellets . . . I don't have to throw any names out there, but they're all cheaters."
For all intents and purposes, Mosley was plan B for Mayweather, who was to take on Pacquiao. But when that fight fell through - Pacquiao will fight Joshua Clottey on March 13 in Dallas - Mosley became the next best option.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao bout collapsed after the two fighters couldn't come to an agreement on blood testing.
Mosley, who according to leaked grand jury testimony admitted to unknowingly taking steroids in 2003, had no problems with Mayweather's demands. "If he wants to test, no problem, I'll take one. I would've agreed to it before and after 2003," Mosley said. "I live my life clean."
The Nevada State Athletic Commission requires that fighters to submit only to urine tests.
"There had been rumors of that, but this is the first definitive thing I'm hearing about it," Keith Kizer, the executive director of Nevada's athletic commission, said of an agreement for blood tests. "Nevada will be administering only its standard fight-week urine tests. If they are taking blood tests, I would want to see copies of those tests, along with their MRIs and HIV tests."
Mosley said there was no illusion as to why Mayweather took the fight. "I believe he took this fight because it's the biggest fight out there," said Mosley, who stopped Antonio Margarito in nine rounds on Jan. 24, 2009. "There's no other fight for him to fight and make money."
With Wallace Matthews