Shane Mosley's Swan Song?
By Eric Marks, Doghouse Boxing (May 3, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, DHB)
Shane Mosley weigh in
This Saturday Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao will square off in a welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on what has become a very big fight weekend.  Few are giving Mosley a chance to win and many are predicting that a guy who has never been knocked out and barely knocked down will finally be stopped and perhaps hang up the gloves.  It’s no secret that Mosley has not been sharp lately and lacks the speed he once had, but he can still punch, it a fit guy and great athlete (even at 39) and of course has a solid chin.  And despite Pacquiao’s greatness, he gets hit a fair amount, so it is not inconceivable that Mosley could catch him early with a devastating blow.   Beyond that possibility however, few other advantages exist for Mosley.

Pacquiao has plenty of motivation for this fight.  First, stopping and retiring a ring legend the way he did Oscar De La Hoya two and half years ago.   Secondly, beating another fighter that Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated making a potential encounter with Mayweather even bigger.  Thirdly, continuing to solidify his status as the pound for pound best, as some experts seem to rank middleweight champion Sergio Martinez right alongside Pacquiao in that argument.  And lastly of course, proving to his doubters that he can continue to balance all his commitments and while remaining an elite fighter.

For Mosley, this is probably his last chance to prove that he can still compete with the great fighters of today.  In some ways he was fortunate to get this fight, so he obviously won’t want to squander this opportunity.  He will undoubtedly be ready on fight night as he always is, and if he pulls off what would be a gigantic upset, then we’ll bask in his greatness forever. But if this fight goes the way many expect and Mosley is thoroughly beaten, let’s hope he closes the door on a fantastic hall of fame career.

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