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Pacquiao seeks impressive win over Mosley

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LAS VEGAS — Filipino pugilist Manny Pacquiao, hungrier than ever to fight after serving as a congressman, wants a more impressive victory over American veteran Shane Mosley next week than unbeaten rival Floyd Mayweather managed a year ago.

Pacquiao, 52-3 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title on May 7 against 39-year-old American Mosley, who is 46-6 with one drawn and 39 knockouts and has never been knocked out.

“If the knockout comes it comes,” Pacquiao said Wednesday. “I’m very focused, not for knockout, but to work hard. We’re prearing for 12 rounds. If I am looking for a knockout or underestimating my opponent, it could affect me.”

Pacquiao, a 32-year-old southpaw who has won his past 13 fights over six years, said one of his goals is to produce a more impressive victory over Mosley than Mayweather’s unanimous decision last May.

“That’s what I want to do,” Pacquiao said.

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, says every fight should end with a knockout and he would love “Pac-Man” to produce his first early stoppage since flattening Britain’s Ricky Hatton two years ago by dropping Mosley.

“If Manny can be the first one to stop him it would be a feather in his cap,” Roach said. “It would be incredible. It would just prove how much better he is than that other guy that couldn’t stop him (Mayweather).”

Mayweather has not fought since and Pacquiao said he would never take such a break without retiring from the sport. He said he thinks Mayweather wants age to weaken his punching power.

“I don’t know if he wants to fight me or what the reason is, if he’s waiting for me to get…

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