x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Pacquiao in minor car accident hours before Mosley fight but safe

Pacquiao 'little shaken up' when the sport utility vehicle he was in was hit from behind at low speed by one of his own security vehicles.

LAS VEGAS // Manny Pacquiao was involved in a minor vehicle accident on Saturday but his management team said he was not injured and set for his WBO welterweight title defence against Shane Mosley later in the day.

"Manny is ready to go," the Filipino southpaw's trainer Freddie Roach said at the MGM Grand where the scheduled 12-round bout will held later today.

According to his management team, Pacquiao was returning from church when the sport utility vehicle he was in was hit from behind at low speed by one of his security vehicles.

A Pacquiao team spokesman said the 10-times world champion was "a little shaken up" but not injured.

The 32-year-old Filipino, already acknowledged as one of the best offensive fighters of all time, is a 6-1 favourite to beat American Mosley at the MGM Garden Arena.

Although Mosley is a former three-division world champion, at the age of 39 he is in the twilight of his impressive career.

Mosley, 46-6-1 (39 knockouts), has not competed in the ring since his draw with Sergio Mora in September.

Pacquiao, 52-3-2 (38 KOs), is fighting for the first time since he recorded a ruthless points victory over Mexican Antonio Margarito in November for his eighth world title in an unprecedented eight weight class.



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