At 40 years old, Shane Mosley’s days in the sport of boxing are clearly numbered, but the veteran boxer does feel he has enough left in the tank to hand undefeated Saul Alvarez his first taste of defeat.
“The [common thought process] is that a boxer loses his skills with time, but it’s not the case with me,” Mosley said in a recent interview. “My experience, skills and my knowledge can’t be taken away from me. I’ve fought with several of the best boxers in the world including Oscar de la Hoya and Antonio Margarito. I know that I’m still the same fighter that I was in all of those great fights; my speed and power…I’m stronger than ever. I know what I need to do to win.”
Alvarez will be a huge favorite going into his May 5 bout against Mosley, but I won’t completely count out the old soldier. After all, Mosley has already faced the very best boxers on the planet, losing only to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in the last four years. Mosley even had his moments against the sports’ pound-for-pound king, stunning Mayweather with a big right hook in the second round of their 2010 encounter.
However, Mosley will have his work cut out for him, considering the impressive 39-0-1 record Alvarez has already put together at the tender age of 21. Alvarez has also proven his ability to finish fights over the years (29 of his 39 wins coming via KO), stopping his last three opponents.
Alvarez will also have extra motivation heading into his showdown against Mosley, since there is a pretty good chance he’ll get a shot at Mayweather if he walks away victorious on May 5.
If Mosley isn’t able to get past Alvarez in Las Vegas, retirement will probably be his best option. After all, he has already secured a spot as one of the top boxers of his era. And he really doesn’t have anything else to prove inside the ring.