Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga will meet in a twilight years rematch on August 29, as the two shop-worn veterans renew their rivalry in Los Angeles at 154 pounds.
Mosley, 42, and Mayorga, 41, are both years past being relevant contenders. Mosley (47-9-1, 39 KO) last fought in November 2013, when he traveled to Australia to face Anthony Mundine. Mundine won on a seventh round TKO, when Mosley retired from the fight claiming an injury. He also retired from the sport, which he had done in 2012, as well, after being blown out by Canelo Alvarez.
Mosley is just 1-4-1 in his last six fights dating back to 2010. His lone victory in that time frame came in May 2013 against Pablo Cesar Cano.
Mayorga (31-8-1, 25 KO) has been almost totally off the boxing radar since 2011, when he was stopped in the 12th round against Miguel Cotto. He's won two fights since then, both in 2014 against club fighters Allen Medina and Andrik Saralgeui, the former fight in Oklahoma and the latter in Mayorga's native Nicaragua.
Mayorga weighed in north of 170 pounds for both of those fights, and conditioning will be a question heading into this rematch with Mosley. Mayorga has also dabbled in mixed martial arts in the last four years, without any real success.
In 2008, Mosley dramatically knocked out Mayorga with just one second remaining in the fight, giving fight fans a greater memory of the bout than it really deserves. That night, Mosley seemed to suffer from lapses in concentration, while Mayorga did more posturing than fighting.
If the two were past their primes then, we're talking about a rematch seven years after that night, with neither fighter owning a good performance in several years. The good news, though, is that instead of being fed to someone young and on the rise, they're just fighting each other, in what is essentially an old timers' circuit bout.