Moran, 26, told BBC Radio Merseyside: "It does give you confidence when you know he's pulled out twice before.
"He's watched me and heard of me so I'm confident I can go in there on Saturday and win the English title."
The bout will take place on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's fight against Juan Lazcano.
Moran, a Commonwealth bronze medallist at bantamweight in 2002, has fought on a Hatton show before and says he is looking forward to being involved in such a huge event.
"When you're fighting in a stadium like Manchester City's ground it can only spur you on," he said.
"I've fought on a Hatton bill before at the MEN Arena. The atmosphere is just magnificent and this time it's going to be even bigger.
"I don't think there's a better place to win your first title."
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