When a fan watches a fighter they adore grow and succeed, they don't wish to witness his inevitable fall, but if they must see it, they'd rather it be by the hands of a greater fighter than by Father Time.
From Julio Cesar Chavez to Shane Mosley, age has caught up to some of the best fighters to ever do battle in the famous square circle, and the fighters who suffer from this receive the most backlash.
Promoters, lack of options and the nature of boxing are reasons why an old fighter is fed to a younger one, but fans find it easier to hurl anger at the most visible source affiliated with what they hate.
Fans in forums refer to melodramatic terms that describe a young fighter's victory as more akin to a mugging of a boxing senior citizen than an actual fight.
The perpetrator of the mugging, even if on direct orders from a larger entity (promoter, manager, public, media), is the young fighter, and that is an inescapable truth.
But what if the young fighter is facing the best available competition? What about the old fighter's craftiness and refined technique that the younger fighter has yet to pick up on?
And the greatest question of all, what if the old fighter in question is not decrepit and still has a relatively good-conditioned physique and decent reflexes?
The following three future fights epitomize the idea that fans underestimate old fighters vs. their younger counterparts in the ring.