Anthony Mundine has set the date to launch a bold plan to take on boxing’s best – he just doesn’t have an opponent.
The date has been set for the launch of Anthony Mundine’s bold quest to fight the likes of boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather by the end of 2014 – all he needs is an opponent.
Still buzzing from his recent TKO win over Shane Mosley, Mundine had no shortage of big names he wanted to fight by the end of next year.
He even suggested he could emulate his idol Muhammad Ali and set up a “Thrilla in Manila” against Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao by late 2014.
But Mundine had no names when asked about his opponent for the first step in his audacious plan – a January 29 fight in Brisbane featuring Wallabies vice-captain Quade Cooper on the undercard.
Manager Khoder Nasser also couldn’t say who Cooper would take on in his second professional fight, but was hopeful opponents for both would be finalised in “about two weeks”.
Mundine did not know how many fights it would take to earn the attention of the likes of Mayweather by late 2014.
But he won’t die wondering after establishing himself as a contender by claiming the biggest scalp of his 13-year career – Mosley – and the WBA International super welterweight title.
“I want to fight the best. But big fights take time,” Mundine said.
“I only had a blister after the Mosley fight so I am ready to go again.
“I told Khoder just line ‘em up and I will knock them down – that’s my mentality.
“I have the eye of the tiger again, that killer instinct.”
Mundine said WBA champion and pound-for-pound king Mayweather was the priority but believed Pacquiao might be an easier option because he could be tempted to fight in Asia.
“Yeah, I think so. Obviously, I love Muhammad Ali and to have a second Thrilla in Manila would be awesome,” Mundine smiled.
Cooper has received the all-clear from the Queensland Reds for the January fight.
“(Queensland Rugby boss) Jim Carmichael is now comfortable with the timetable,” a Reds source said.
Cooper said Reds coach Richard Graham had “no issues” and could only see it benefiting his rugby game.
Cooper said rugby was still his priority and hoped to play all of the Reds’ pre-season games.
But he said he still had long-term boxing plans.
“I just want to look at what I have ahead of me now,” said Cooper, who won his boxing debut by knockout in February.
“I don’t want to disrespect the sport at all.
“I want to make sure when I fight, I give it my all.
“I would love to be able to continue it and hopefully get a Queensland title but it is a long, slow process.
“It doesn’t just happen overnight.”