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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Shane twits on Manny showdown: Ako excited


Shane Mosley is looking forward to a good, clean fight with Manny Pacquiao.

It’s not really surprising to hear it from the former world champion from Pomona, California because he seems to be a very nice person on and off the ring.

But to hear it from him, spoken and written in Filipino, on his Twitter account, is something else.

I tumingin forward sa magandang malinis na laban,” wrote the former world champion on Twitter a few days ago.

Ako excited,” he added.

The 39-year-old American is into Twitter, the very popular social networking site, and has got 41,121 followers under his name.

Pacquiao is also into it, and as of yesterday the Filipino champion, the most popular Filipino athlete ever, has 33,339 followers.

It’s nothing compared to the 136,840 followers of Phil Younghusband of the Philippine Azkals football team or his other teammates.

But what’s important is that Mosley and Pacquiao, who will square off on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, are reaching out to their fans.

Today I will hit Buboy’s belly while Freddie is away,” was Pacquiao’s latest post on Twitter four days ago, referring to his trainers Buboy Fernandez and Freddie Roach.

Mosley has been more active on Twitter lately, and has been in touch with Pinoy fight fans.

Pag-papadala ibig at pag-galang sa mga tao sa Pilipinas (Here’s love and respect to the people of the Philippines),” he said last week, also on Twitter.

Mosley also said, “Hindi ko nais maliitin ng isang mandirigma Filipino ako igalang ang kanilang espiritu (I don’t want to belittle the Filipino warrior (Pacquiao).

Mosley must have received very nice words from Filipino fight fans in return that he wrote the other day, “Filipino fans gave me lots of love today.

Back to the fight, Mosley twitted before noon yesterday he’s been “doing great and in tip-top shape.

He also expressed confidence of his chances for the forthcoming fight, saying “my energy is great and I know I will be able to get good, hard punches onto Pacquiao.”

Mosley said Pacquiao’s style suits him well, and the Filipino’s relentless attacks will lead to his own downfall.

I have a lot of power in both hands. I know Pacquiao will go right to the attack, which is a great advantage for me,” Mosley said.

A lot of people are now asking where Mosley’s been getting his lessons on the Filipino language.

His publicist, Suzanne Summerville, is a Filipina.

I am a Filipina,” she said.


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