Will Pablo Cesar Cano Do The Fans a Favor and Finish Off Shane Mosley?
(Photo credit: Alma Montiel) By Dallas Orysiuk This weekend and upcoming weeks are full of exciting and intriguing matchups…. Shane Mosley versus Pablo Cesar Cano is not one of them. The matchup is so awful that when it was first proposed ShowTime or HBO refused to televise it. Sugar Shane Mosley, although a legend, is beyond shot. In all his fights lately he tenses up and barley throws punches. Even Paulie Malignaggi, who himself is past his prime and a B level fighter, would not stoop as low to fight Sugar Shane.
Shane Mosley has an impressive resume toting a record of 46-8-1 (39 KO’s), is on an awful run as of late… to say the least. Mosley has not won in over 4 years, and is 0-3-1 in his last 4 fights. Mosley had two good rounds against Mayweather and then he practically gave up by stopping to let his hands go. Shane received a draw against the irrelevant, tomato can Sergio Mora, he was dropped and destroyed by Manny Pacquiao and was also destroyed by Saul Alvarez. How much longer is this guy going to continue to fight? His divorce affected his pockets and even cost him his title belts, but is he really hurting that badly for cash? I guess dating a gorgeous 24 year old model requires an incoming and steady cash flow.
Unlike Mosley, Cano does not possess a long and impressive record. He is most notable for his 2 loses, one where he was fighting well until he was stopped in the 10th by Erik Morales, and a controversial split decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi. But is it time for Cano to get the “big” win he has been waiting for? For the sake of boxing I hope so. If Mosley were to win, we will hear the talk…. “Shane Mosley is back” and he will then go on to say the only reason he has not won in 4 years was due to nagging injuries. This will open the door to Golden Boy forcing more terrible mismatches down our throats. By starters, look for Golden Boy to matchup Mosley versus Broner, or Mosley versus Khan in his welterweight debut. Whatever the case, Mosley is well past his prime, his fights should not be televised and he does not deserve any more paydays that result in nothing other than let downs for the fans.
What I see happening is a boring fight that goes the distance. I expect it to be close, where Cano should get the win based on being active, with Shane having his moments and landing a few big shots throughout. I expect Cano to land a couple of nice shots in the process and forcing Shane into his rigid and survival fighting style at times. Just because Cano will deserve the win, does not mean it will happen. I expect that if its somewhat close with Cano having the edge, even though the bout is in Mexico, the judges will give a controversial decision to Sugar Shane.
Before some say I am being too harsh on Shane let me ask you of this, how much money have you spent buying Shane Mosley’s last three (four if you want to count him on Mayweather’s undercard) pay per views? How much longer are we going to listen to the talk that “Shane Mosley is back”, and “he is going to win”? Keep in mind that Mosley admittedly used the banned agent EPO. And remember that it was caught on tape when Mosley tried to flat out quit on his stool against Manny Pacquiao. A man who tries to quit in a pay per view match, and has not won in 4 years does not belong in the boxing ring… or at least on our television sets. I hope Mosley does not win, because I for one am not looking forward to more mismatches such as Broner vs Mosley or Khan vs Mosley. It’s time for the youthful fighters, and hopefully Pablo Cesar Cano can finish off Shane Mosley’s career once and for all.