By Mark Lamport-Stokes
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - 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 defense against Shane Mosley later in the day.
"Manny is ready to go," the Filipino southpaw's trainer Freddie Roach told reporters at the MGM Grand where the scheduled 12-round bout will be held on Saturday evening.
According to Pacquiao's publicist, Fred Sternburg, the boxer was returning from mass when the sport utility vehicle he was in was hit from behind at low speed by one of his security vehicles.
Sternburg said the 10-times world champion was "a little shaken up" but not injured in the accident which took place on the hotel property. No police report was filed.
The 32-year-old Pacquiao, already acknowledged as one of the best offensive fighters of all time, is an 8-1 favorite to beat Mosley at the MGM Garden Arena.
Although Mosley is a former three-division world champion and holds a height and weight advantage over the Filipino, at the age of 39 the American 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.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)