Mundine's a man on a mission
ANTHONY Mundine says he has never felt as comfortable in the ring as he pursues the fight of a lifetime against American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
Fresh from a maiden victory on American soil against Bronco McKart last month, a bout witnessed by Mayweather Jnr's entourage, the 37-year-old said he would look to build on his profile in the US as he chased a shot at the eight-time world champion.
Speaking at the launch of the 2012 Murri Games at Maroochydore yesterday, Mundine shrugged off concerns about his age and also downplayed the constant talk of a rematch with West Australian Danny Green, who he famously defeated in 2006.
Mayweather Jnr, 35, who is due to be released from prison in the coming days after serving time for domestic violence, has never been defeated in his 43-fight career, which includes 26 knockouts.
Mundine said: "I've got nothing to prove (to Green). I want the world and what's in it, and that is Mayweather.
"I've just got to continue to win and look impressive and I could get him.
"I started late in the game. Instead of being like a 37-year-old, I'm a 27. These guys have been fighting since they were five or six years old.
"I was a league player. I never got beat up in the gym.
"I'm a fighter that hardly ever gets hit.
"Look at my face - I've had nearly 50 pro fights and I've still never broken a nose, had busted eyes.
"So I really feel this is the most comfortable I've felt as a fighter as far as experience and being seasoned and being confident."
"The Man" said he was prepared to earn his shot by taking on fighters such as Miguel Cotto - who Mayweather Jnr defeated in May - or WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez.
"I've said it for the last six months that I want Mayweather - that's my goal," Mundine said.
"I reckon it would take three to five fights not necessarily Cotto - but I would like to earn my shot and take a guy like Cotto or Saul Alvarez, the WBC champion, before I fight a guy like him (Mayweather Jnr)."
In reiterating his intention to fight the American superstar, Mundine all but ruled out a rematch with "the Green Machine".
Green has been chasing another fight since their first battle and the two have played out a long-running feud in the press, but the Sydney-sider believes he would not be able to gain the extra weight to fight his foe.
"You've got to look at it in perspective," Mundine said.
"We fought at a weight that was probably not my weight, which I'm showing now - I'm fighting at super welterweight, which is 69.85kg.
"He came into his last fight at 85kg - that is 15, 16 kg difference. That's just too much to meet back at. Even if we fought at 80kg, I probably couldn't even make that.
"We fought at a reasonable weight - it wasn't his weight or my weight.
"They blamed (the loss) on his weight, but he'd been fighting his whole career prior to that - plus three world championships - at super middleweight, two against (Markus) Beyer and one against the Canadian (Eric Lucas), until I beat him."
FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER JR
43 Fights - won 43 (KO 26), lost 0
ANTHONY "THE MAN" MUNDINE
48 Fights - won 44 (KO 26), lost 4 (KO 2)