What is your response to those who say your speed and power are diminished from your years at the top of the pound-for-pound list? Have you talked to or analyzed other fighters who have had success into their 40s?
Shane Mosley: At 45, George Foreman won back the heavyweight title that he had lost roughly 20 years prior. Everyone thought [Michael] Moorer was going to take it, but he didn’t. Foreman did. What about when Larry Holmes beat Ray Mercer at 42? The idea that a fighter suddenly loses skills they’ve had for years isn’t the case at all. My experience and skill and knowledge of who I am as a fighter are things that no one can take away from me. I have fought some of the best boxers in the world including defeating Oscar De La Hoya and Antonio Margarito among others. I know I am the same fighter I am today that I was in each and every single one of those matches; my speed and power are still there and stronger than ever. In fact I would argue that at my age, I am more ready to fight knowing what it takes to win. You don’t just suddenly lose ability when you turn 40. I hate to use a cliché, but age does come wisdom, and wisdom is more important in boxing then you can imagine. People forget about the mental part of the fights, that’s critical. In training, it becomes less about analyzing other boxers and more about studying myself, knowing myself, what I am capable of and what makes me a better fighter. Speed and power doesn’t diminish, but instead evolves and matures and that’s what will be displayed. Viewers can look forward to seeing that on May 5th.
Be sure to check back all week long for the initial entries from Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather!
“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” and Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
HBO’s Emmy®-Award-winning all-access series “24/7” premieres an all-new edition when “24/7 Mayweather/Cotto” debuts Saturday, April 14 at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the super welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.
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