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Mosley vs Berto set for January 30th


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Shane Mosley couldn't call out Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he couldn't get a date with Manny Pacquiao.


Instead, he'll settle for Andre Berto.


Las Vegas' first big fight for 2010 is set for Jan. 30 at Mandalay Bay, with Mosley meeting Berto in a battle of welterweight champions.


"I'm not going to chase anybody," Mosley said Saturday. "I'm going to get in the ring with anyone who wants to fight me. I'm not going to chase Mayweather. I'm not going to chase Pacquiao. I've said my say. I did what I had to do. It's up to them now to say, 'I want to fight Shane,' and we'll make it happen."


Berto said he didn't feel slighted in not being Mosley's first choice. Nor did he feel slighted in opening as a plus-190 underdog in the betting (Mosley is a minus-230 favorite).


"I'm in the best division in boxing," Berto said. "I'm the young buck. I'm looking forward to the opportunity."


Mosley (46-5, 39 knockouts), the current WBA welterweight champion, hasn't fought since Jan. 24, when he stopped Antonio Margarito in the ninth round at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was revealed after the fight that Margarito had an illegal substance in his gloves, resulting in him being suspended for a year, which seems to overshadow how good the 38-year-old Mosley looked that night.


"I'm not worried," Mosley said of the layoff. "I've got the fire in my stomach to fight. I can't wait to get in the ring and show my stuff."


Berto, 26, last appeared in the ring May 26, earning a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Urango to retain his WBC title. Like Mosley, he isn't too concerned about his recent lack of activity.


"I don't think it will bother me," said Berto (25-0, 19 KOs). "My last couple of fights, I've worked on things, used my boxing skills. (Mosley) forgot about my power and my speed. I'm going to be the fastest guy he's ever fought."


The fight will be televised on HBO. Tickets, priced from $50 to $300, are on sale at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.




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it could be a devastating fight for a young boxer like Berto, but he could give a better opposition than we think he's gonna give. yeah Mosley should win and i'm not afraid to say it's gonna be probably by KO, but we still have to consider berto as a threat and that's what it makes this fight interesting.
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