Earlier today on CBS, the inaugural episode of Pacquiao-Mosley Fight Camp 360 premiered in advance of the May 7th encounter between the two welterweight stars. Manny Pacquiao defends his WBO crown against Shane Mosley inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and with Showtime pay per view televising the festivities, we are given an all-access look into the two men's lives.
In the first episode the primary focus was on the coast to coat press tour that the stalwarts embarked on as well as the early phases of their two training camps. Mosley is training out of Big Bear, California as is often the case with him while Pacquiao's first month was spent in Baguio City in the Philippines with his grand arrival to Los Angeles, California taking place just hours from now, where he will then shift his focus to the Wild Card Boxing Club.
Also in the episode we were treated to Pacquiao getting a chance to visit President Barack Obama as part of his Washington, D.C. press stop. A congressman in the province of Sarangani in his homeland, a meeting with Obama shows just how far Pacquiao has come from being a poverty-stricken kid wandering the streets of General Santos City.
Read below for some telling quotes from the first episode of Fight Camp 360...
"I am so eager to prove everyone wrong." - Shane Mosleyon his precious opportunity
"Nothing personal...just doing my job." - A very humbleManny Pacquiao insisting that there is no bad blood between him and Shane
"I don't think anybody, even Manny, would have dreamed we would be where we are at today." - Pacquiao's advisorMichael Koncz speaking on the wild ride that he has enjoyed being around Manny
"Manny Pacquiao is the best boxer I have ever seen." - Top Rank promoter Bob Arum being completely honest when assessing his star fighter
"There is pressure but I can handle that." - Pacquiaospeaking on yet another world title fight that lies ahead
"I love a good scrap" - An excited Mosley when told of Pacquiao's aggressive style and how it may play into his hands
"Getting ready to go to Vegas. Should be very interesting now." - Mosley looking ahead to his
press stop in Nevada at the MGM Grand
"He thrives from chaos. He causes it but he's not the result of it." - Publicist Fred Sternburg, a man who has gotten to know Pacquiao very well over the years
"I realized at a young age that anything that was one on one I was going to win. Because I'm that competitive." - An ultra confident Mosley reflecting on his childhood
"Pacquiao is an exceptional fighter. Especially when he moves from different weight classes. It's extraordinary." - Mosley's trainer Naazim Richardson showing admiration to the eight-division world champion
"It's really hard to leave the Wild Card but Manny Pacquiao is my man" - Freddie Roach as he embarks on yet another trip overseas to assist his prized pupil
"The thing with Pacquiao is you can see his flaws but nobody has exploited them yet. Sometimes you have to dare to be great." - Richardson on the task that lies ahead.