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Marañon confident
of Pacquiao victory

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is confident that the May 8 (Phil. time) boxing spectacle in Las Vegas between Philippines’ boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley will end in another victory for the Filipino champion.

Marañon said he is following reports on Pacquiao’s training and he has observed that the boxer-turned-politician from Sarangani has been preparing well for the bout.

He seems to be in a very good condition and ready to face his opponent, the governor said, as he urged all Negrenses to support and pray for Pacquiao in his fight against Mosley, stressing that “his success is also the success of the entire Filipino nation.”

Meanwhile, reports from the wires quoted Pacquiao as saying that he is very focused on his next fight, not for a knockout but in working hard to secure another win.

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

Pacquiao, 52-3 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title on May 8 against 39-year-old American Mosley, who is 46-6 with one drawn and 39 knockouts and has never been knocked out.

The 32-year-old southpaw Filipino champion, 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.

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.*AFP

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