Back in college, my physiology professor had a saying which he used quite often. He convinced me, that this saying is not only true, but is the only thing capable of turning average men into something more.
He would stand in front of the class, and without any introduction, say. “What the brain wants, the body needs. What the brain says, the body does. The body is the actor; your brain is the director.”
This concept may very well be the reason Shane Mosley will perform well above expectations tonight. Mosley is a very positive thinker, and believes that hanging up the gloves, even if lost this fight, is not in the agenda. Mentally, even though fighting not only the biggest fight of his entire career but also at a much older age, he is prepared as ever.
The importance of this fight is different for Shane for a good reason. If he were to lose at a younger age, it would be nothing more than a loss. If he loses now, he will be labeled "too old" to keep fighting by many people.
When facing someone as dangerous and dominant as Manny Pacquiao, I feel many fighters lost the fight before it ever happened.
Remember the mental damage that Mike Tyson inflicted on his opposition before they ever got inside the ring? I believe that Pacquiao has started to do the same.
No he doesn’t cuss and doesn’t partake in any name calling, but his silence and calm temperament does the trick. Fighters are aware that as soon as the bell rings, they will be hit with hard shots from every possible angle. This can make them over think and get very anxious.
Everyone knows how much Mosley wants to win this fight, and people can understand what a win would do for him. The benefit of winning this fight will be a long lasting one.