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Mosley expects upset win over Margarito

ALTHOUGH regarded as the underdog, American Shane Mosley has promised to spring an upset when he challenges Antonio Margarito for the WBA welterweight title today.

"I don't just feel sharp, I feel special," the four-time world champion Mosley (45-5, 38 KOs) said during a news conference with Margarito in Los Angeles on Thursday.

"I feel like I have a cape on, I feel like I'm going to fly. Margarito has power but I've got him a little bit on speed.

"This is going to be a great fight and I just can't wait to get into the ring," added the 37-year-old California native.

"I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by the result of this fight."

Back in the ring for the first time since knocking out Ricardo Mayorga in a non-title light middleweight bout last September, Mosley is renowned for his hand speed and is yet to be knocked out or stopped in his career.

Hardly surprisingly Margarito, who is known for his aggressive style, insists he will not underestimate his more seasoned rival, who has won world titles in three weight divisions.

"We know Mosley's a very good fighter, we know he's a very experienced fighter," said the 30-year-old Mexican. "There's no secrets here. We know each other very well.

"We came here, we did our work. I'm confident I'm going to win this fight."

Last July, Margarito stopped Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in the 11th round to win the title in Las Vegas. Mosley lost to Cotto on a unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden in November 2007.

Regardless, Margarito is eager to take on a boxer who has twice beaten Oscar De La Hoya.

"I always wanted to fight the best fighters in the world and I have the opportunity now. I know how important this fight would be to my career if I win."


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