All the great boxers have that one fight in their career where their age gets exposed and it appears that the fighter cannot compete against top-level competition again.
Oscar De La Hoya experienced this recently against Manny Pacquiao, as did Roy Jones Jr. against Joe Calzaghe. I predict that by next week Shane Mosley will be added to that list.
The facts are there. Shane Mosley is 37 and is starting to show his age. Back in September, Mosley struggled for 12 rounds until getting a knockout against the human punching bag known as Ricardo Mayorga. That fight was almost a year after Mosley gave it all in the ring to come up short against Miguel Cotto in a unanimous decision loss.
What about the man he is going up against? Antonio Margarito is only 30 and just starting to enter his prime. He is coming off a great TKO win against Miguel Cotto. The fight showed off Margarito's rock solid chin and his relentless style, he threw nearly 1000 punches in 11 rounds, as he wore down Cotto as the fight went on.
Mosley does not have the power at welterweight that Cotto does, and at 37, you have to wonder if Mosley's speed is starting to diminish. Mosley is 6-1 since losing back-to-back fights to Winky Wright, but his most impressive win was a decision against the slightly above average Luis Collazo.
So on Saturday, January 24, Mosley, at 37-year old star on the decline is going up against the top welterweight, Antonio Margarito. Mosley's only hope will be to use whatever speed he has left, and hit and move for 12 rounds. Otherwise he will be another victim of Margarito's power and relentless style, and that could make it a short night.
Prediction: Margarito TKO in eight rounds. Mosley has never been KO'd before, and I think this fight will need to be stopped.