Antonio Margarito-Shane Mosley: Pressure Meets Speed

Victor Omo - AgegeContributor IJanuary 24, 2009

One certain factor in the Mosley Magarito fight tonight will be the relentless pressure of Antonio Margarito.

Look for Shane Mosley to fight in spurts, string quick combinations, and try to maintain a steady dose of body blows to Margarito. "The Tijuana Tornado" is a renowned slow starter, and it will pay for Mosley to set up Margarito from the first round with a vicious tray of  left, right hooks, mixing in his stinging uppercut to prolong Margarito from warming up.

If "Sugar" Shane Mosley shows up to fight, he definitely has the edge against Margarito. Mosley has better all-around skills than Joshua Clottey or Paul Williams, guys who made Margarito look like a B-class fighter.

Styles make fights, and Margarito is the hungrier fighter in this matchup after being bypassed for a big-money payday by Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya had pledged to fight the winner of the Cotto-Margarito fight but reneged against the fighter nobody wants to fight.

Margarito is definitely seeking to capture superstardom and big-money fights after his success with Cotto. The road to superstardom for him shall be to go pass the gatekeeper, Mosley.

He better pack up his lunch, hope his chin has not lost any sustainability, and welcome Mosley to a stratosphere called "the Tijuana pressure cooker" for him be successful. My advice will be to watch tapes of the Vernon Forrest Mosley fights, they should expose monumental weakness in the Sugar arsenal.

One problem I see, however, is Margarito having to deal with Mosley's hand speed. I see a good fight with the cagey, faster Mosley winning by decision.