Shane Mosley believes Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy have booked him as a pushover. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Sugar Shane Mosley says he's in shape and ready to go on May 5 against Canelo Alvarez, and that he's not going to be the old man that Alvarez and Golden Boy believe he is. From an interview at RingTV.com:
"I think that he's disillusioned. I think that Golden Boy and his entire team are disillusioned with what they believe is going to happen with this fight. It's an illusion. It's not what it seems. I'm not what they think that I am. I'm not over the hill. I'm not done. I'm not what they think. I think that they'll find out. In fact, I'm sure that they'll find that out when we're in the ring the night that the fight happens."
Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KO) will face Alvarez for the WBC junior middleweight title on the Mayweather vs Cotto undercard at the MGM Grand, live on pay-per-view.
We've already been over this fight quite a bit, and even though many of you will probably believe I'm giving the fight too much attention, I expect I'll have more and more and more to say about this fight all the way until May 5. It's the sort of fight I find ghoulishly fascinating -- I'm right at that point in my life as a boxing fan where more and more of the guys I grew up watching are either retired or should be, or are really close to the end. When you've seen the vast majority of someone's career unfold, the warning signs get a lot more clear, a lot louder. The Mosley situation is like being next door to a nuclear power plant emergency siren.
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But I do find it nice to know that Mosley does realize why he's being brought in: They think he's going to be a pushover and a name value scalp for young Canelo. Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer can bark out their sales pitch all they want, and say that Mosley is a Hall of Fame-bound warrior and a great fighter still, but Shane Mosley doesn't seem to be pushing the same idea. He's saying he's ready and says he'll win, because of course he believes that, but he's also giving the real reason he's in this spot. Golden Boy doesn't think that he can win, and believe he's a shot fighter.
If they really thought Mosley was going to be a test for Canelo Alvarez, they could have signed up someone else for less money. They're paying more to be safe.
Still, if you clip this part of what Mosley says and take it out of context, it's realistic for the critics of this fight, too, and a valid statement against what Golden Boy are trying to sell with Alvarez vs Mosley:
"I think that Golden Boy and his entire team are disillusioned with what they believe is going to happen with this fight. It's an illusion. It's not what it seems. I'm not what they think that I am."