“Sugar” Shane Mosley will step into the ring this Saturday and face off with Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora.
Mosley is coming off a loss to the best in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Mora is coming off a win over journeymen Calvin Green.
That was the first fight for Mora since his 2008 loss to the late Vernon Green. This looks like a tune up for Mosley but it is far from that.
Mosley at this point in his career is very hard to read. Since back to back losses to Winky Wright he has been 7-2 (4 KO).
He beat two journeymen after the Wright losses and then stepped back up to 154 to fight Fernando Vargas two times. He beat Vargas in both of those fights and dominated him in the second one.
He then went back to welterweight and beat the crafty southpaw Luis Collazo in a boring fight. Collazo broke his hand early and never got anything going.
He lost a tooth-and-nail fight to Miguel Cotto, but everyone thought he was back. Then he came back to look dreadful against a shot Ricardo Mayorga.
After the terrible performance against Mayorga he whitewashed Antonio Margarito and was seen as the man at welterweight.
In his last outing he was thoroughly dominated by Mayweather and there is no shame in that. Mora on the other hand has had a very interesting career.
He won the first Contender series and then totally disappeared. He turned down a fight with then-middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and lost a lot of respect in the process.
He instead took a fight with Elvin Ayala and drew with him on the undercard of a ESPN2 fight. Former Contender-alum Alfonso Gomez headlined the bout.
He then beat a journeymen and somehow got a title shot against Forrest of which he took full advantage. He then lost the rematch didn’t fight for a year and finally came back this year.
The intrigue of this fight is the fact Mosley is 39 years old and has never fought well against pure boxers. Mora is a pure boxer through and through and is faster to boot.
Mosley is 2-5 against pure boxers and one can argue to say he should be 0-7.
Mosley obviously has a good punch and, if he comes out with an aggressive style, he could get to Mora and put him on the retreat.
If Mora can get into a rhythm and get his timing down this could be a long night for Mosley. Mora needs to win this fight if he has any ideas of becoming a big-time fighter.
Mosley needs to win this fight if he wants one last shot at a big payday. He should be coming out with an aggressive approach and should try to back up Mora and basically beat him up.
When you get down to it, Mosley is the more talented fighter plain and simple. Mora has the talent, but has to many issues with focus and coming to fights in shape.
If he focuses and is in shape he could very well win this fight. There are to many what ifs for Mora and, even at his advanced age, Mosley should be able to pull out the victory.
Originally written and posted on www.kissingthecanvas.com