Weights: Mosley 146.8, Cano 146
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Allan Fox: Ring rusty Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) made weight today for his fight tomorrow night against the 23-year-old Pablo Cesar Cano )26-2-1, 20 KO’s) for the vacant WBC International welterweight title) at the Grand Oasis Resort, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Mosley weighed in at 146.8 lbs, and Cano came in a little lighter at 146. It was surprising seeing Cano come in a pound under the limit because last October, Cano looked like a middleweight after rehydrating for his fight against WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi last October.
Cano lost the fight by a 12 round split decision, but with his size advantage, he was able to knock Malignaggi down.
Mosley is fighting for the first time since last year when he was badly beaten by WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in an ill-advised fight for Mosley. He got a good payday out of the fight, but he took terrible punishment against the red-headed Canelo.
Mosley could potentially be in for another beating tomorrow night by the hard hitting Cano if Mosley doesn’t figure out a way to keep out of the way of Cano’s hard punches. Cano may not be very fast and he may not have a high work rate, but he can punch.
Mosley is there to be hit and it could give Cano a good chance of winning this fight if Mosley insists on punching with him.
Cano has lost two out of his last five fights, and Mosley has been beaten in three out of his last four fights. Both guys are clearly struggling, but Cano looks to be fighting at a higher level right now compared to Mosley.
Cano can give Mosley big problems if his skin holds out and if he can up his work rate another notch. Cano tends to suffer bad cuts when he fights and that could be a problem for him tomorrow night against Mosley.