Shane Mosley promises to be at 100% for his May 5 bout with Canelo Alvarez, but what does that really amount to? (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Shane Mosley says that he'll come to his fight against Canelo Alvarez at 100%, indicating, I guess, that he wasn't at 100% against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Sergio Mora, and Manny Pacquiao in his last three outings. From BoxingScene.com:
"The biggest disadvantage Canelo has is that he's fighting me at 100%, not at 70%. He's going to be lacking a lot of different things in that fight and that’s going to be a big disadvantage when he fights me. I'm more hungry and I really want to prove [something]," Mosley said.
A lot of my rage over this fight has died off and has turned itself into genuine sadness, because to me this is a once-great fighter promising what I am 99% certain he cannot deliver.
100% of Shane Mosley in 2012 is...well, it's about 70% of prime Shane Mosley, at best, maybe less given his distaste for contact in the Mayweather and Pacquiao fights. Again, it's not that he lost to those guys. As I said before, it's the manner in which he lost. He was befuddled by both and made to look at times like a guy who just didn't belong in the ring anymore.
In both fights, there were moments where Mosley seemed almost offended or, I don't know, saddened by the fact that they kept hitting him and trying to hit him, and ultimately dominating him physically. All the glove tapping and requests for respect came off in a way as a request for them to actually respect him, and stop so easily beating him. (I'm not saying that he literally felt that way, or thought he felt that way.)
If the boxing ring is home to a fighter, the boxing landlords are doing their best to evict Mosley, but he just keeps coming up with the rent at the last second.