The world of boxing has been flooded with mismatches lately, especially when the lines have been published. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul Alvarez are all heavy favorites for their upcoming bouts, with ‘Canelo’ Alvarez being the biggest favorite of all when he takes on Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas next weekend as the co-headliner to Cotto-Mayweather. ‘Canelo’ is coming in as much as a -875 favorite, with the comeback and Mosley at +575. Is that how toasted Mosley is nowadays?
The line has done nothing bot increase favoring Alvarez as we approach fight day. The question is does Mosley, who has put together a potential Hall of Fame career, have the ability to pressure Alvarez, who is almost half his age? Does Mosley still have the pride to make this a fight, or is he just shamelessly grabbing paychecks at this point?
Or have people forgotten there are still open questions about Alvarez? Mosley is undoubtedly the Mexican superstar’s most skilled opponent to date, but even the choice of Mosley stinks of the protection Alvarez supposedly enjoys.
There was nothing in Mosley’s last several outings that indicate he can really be a threat. He has not fought in one year, and he has a record of 0-2-1 in his last 3 fights. Against Pacquaio and Mayweather, yes he fought against the best, but the pattern is there – the minute Mosley is tagged, his offense shuts down and he does nothing, he is unable to pull the trigger.
And Alvarez, for all his potential shortcomings, has always been a hard nosed fighter who hits hard. It is going to take a few rounds for Alvarez to figure Mosley out, but he should be able to catch him and hurt him. Then it will be a cruise control to a decision as he piles on the rounds and Mosley shuts down.
So as ridiculous as it sounds, and it can really only happen in boxing’s crooked world, here is a Hall of Famer who is a huge underdog, and I just can’t bring myself to pull the trigger. The question is how will they protect ‘Canelo’ next?