Shane Mosley to face Ricardo Mayorga in August

By Boxing News - 07/09/2015 - Comments

mosleyBy Dan Ambrose: Former world champions Shane Mosley (47-9-1, 39 KOs) and Ricardo Mayorga (31-8-1, 25 KOs) will be facing each other in a rematch in August at a still to be determined venue and date. The two fighters ran into each other recently and decided that it was a good idea for them to face each other once again.

Mosley, 43, stopped Mayorga in the 12th round of their previous contest in August 2008 in a competitive fight. The first thing you have to wonder is whether Mosley and Mayorga are in need of money.

When you see former world champions like these two guys facing each other at this age the first thing that comes to mind is that maybe they need money? Hopefully, that’s not what this fight is about because they both made a ton of money during their careers, and you would think they would have enough left to live the rest of their lives on it.

“Just decided 2 make this fight. Mayorga was talking [expletive] & I ran into him in Vegas. Things escalated & BOOM rematch. History in the making,” Mosley said on his Twitter.

Mayorga was out of boxing from 2011 to 2014. He came back in 2014 and defeated Allen Medina and Andrik Saralegui.

Mosley hasn’t fought in close to two year since being stopped in the 7th round by the bigger Anthony Mundine in November 2013. Mosley couldn’t continue due to back spasms in that fight. It was pretty one-sided fight, and perhaps for the best that it was stopped when it was. Mosley was trailing the fight at the time by the scores 58-56, 58-56 and 60-55.

I’m not sure how much interest there will be from the boxing public in a rematch between Mosley and Mayorga. Both fighters are way past their prime, and it’s unlikely there would be much fan interest in the fight due to their advanced age and lack of activity in recent years.

Neither guy is relevant in terms of being a contender. About the only thing interesting about the fight would be to see which of the two guys have aged better in their declining/reclining years. A prime Mayorga would have been a lot of trouble for Mosley due to his punching power and unorthodox fighting style. But these guys are so far out of their prime that it makes the fight look more like exhibition bout than an actual fight.

The last six years of Mosley’s pro career weren’t kind to him. He was beaten by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Mundine. The one positive for Mosley was all the huge fights he was involved with. Mosley clearly got some good money fights in his last part of his career.

Mosley is a former three division world champion. Mayorga is a former two division world champ. Both guys accomplished a great deal in their careers. You can make an argument that Mayorga could have had a longer staying power at welterweight if he’d stayed in tip top shape and continued to fight at that weight. When he moved up to junior middleweight, he wasn’t nearly as dominant.

“My son & I will be making history in August. We’re doing something that’s NEVER been done. Father & Son on the same card. Be a part of history🙏” Mosley said on his twitter.

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