If you’re a boxing betting enthusiast that is still trying to wrap your head around the mega-boring fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and you simply want to see an entertaining bout with some ‘real’ action, then you’re in luck.
Shane Mosley vs Ricardo Mayorga
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Inglewood, California
Stadium: The Forum
Odds: Mosley -700 vs Mayorga +525
Game Total: 9.5 rounds
Thanks to the upcoming bout between veterans Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga, you’re going to have a chance to witness an real, ‘old-school’ bout that features a ton of bad blood between the two – and one that has been exacerbated thanks to the slap hear ‘round the world.
The two aging fighters will square off on Aug. 29 at a Southern California location still to be determined, but one fighter, Mosley, will have some extra motivation after the hilarious press conference this week in which Mayorga slapped Mosley’s girlfriend smack dead on the ass.
With Mosley’s girlfriend Bella Gonzalez onstage between the boxers, Mayorga apparently couldn’t resist giving her a smack on the rear end when she foolishly bent over in front of Mayorga.
When Mosley realized what was happening, he immediately went after Mayorga before being restrained by security guards. Gonzalez, needless to say, was furious at the Nicaraguan pugilist.
When asked about the incident afterward, Mosley promised to give Mayorga plenty of payback.
“I just can’t wait. I’m going to kill him,” Mosley said. “I’m going to get in the ring, go out there and beat him down. I’m going to go right for him and just start throwing punches.”
Following the mayhem, Gonzalez offered Mayorga $10,000 to sit with his hands behind his back while she hit him with punches. Of course, all the offer did was open a door for Mayorga to respond, which he did, in comical fashion.
“I’ll give her $25,000 to slap her on the ass again.”
The slap heard ‘round the world notwithstanding, this fight between the two aging (okay…old) fighters could be one of the most entertaining bouts in recent memory.
Sure, Shane Mosley hasn’t fought in two years and went 1-4-1 over his last six fights from 2010 -2013, but the hard-hitting likely future Hall of Famer has won world titles at lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight in a stellar career that saw him bat greats like Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas and Miguel Cotto among others.
For his part, Ricardo Mayorga (31-8-1-1, 25 KOs) fought twice last year, winning both bouts, though his opponents were both, nothing more than little-known punching bags. The pair of fights were Mayorga’s first bouts in almost three years following his loss to Cotto and subsequent retirement in 2011.
With 39 KO’s in his 47 career wins, Mosley has plenty of punching, but Mayorga can match that power as he’s shown by knocking out 25 opponents in his 31 career wins.
Moseley (47-9-1-1, 39 KOs) will be looking to repeat his 2008 knockout victory over Mayorga in which he finished off his opponent with one second remaining in the 12th and final round of what had been a highly competitive fight – and again, he’s got plenty of motivation thanks to Mayorga’s slap – and an ongoing war of words between the two on Twitter.
"He’s been mouthing off on Twitter for months now," Mosley said. "He needs to be shut up. If there’s anybody that needs his ass kicked, it’s him. The time for hiding his ass on social media is over. I’m ready to beat him just like I did last time. Mayorga is a beer-swilling, butt-smoking a–h— and I’ll fight him as soon as he can stumble into the ring. I’ll beat him down again. I’m gonna’ give him a beating for his Tweeting."
Mosley has remained close to boxing since retiring as he trains his 24-year-old son Shane Mosley Jr. (4-1, 4 KOs).
"I’m planning to show the world what (22 months) off did for me. They think I’m finished? I’m far from finished," Mosley told ESPN.com. "I am in the best shape of my life. I feel bad for Mayorga. No one knows how good I really am. I am going to kill him."
Both fighters also predicted knockouts on social media, with Mosley predicting a sixth round KO and Mayorga calling for a second-round finish.
"I could do it in less but I want to give a real show," Mosley said. "All action all the time on this one. I plan to surprise a few people. I’m younger than (50-year-old) Bernard Hopkins and more deadly."
The Pick: I like the 43-year-old Shane Mosley to win this matchup over the 41-year-old Mayorga, but I’m not real fond of the over-inflated -550 odds. Still, when one man disrespects another man’s woman, even if he did it in jest, he’s going to face a little extra oomph and deserves whatever he gets.
Shane Mosley wins this bout by KO or TKO, mostly because I don’t think either one of these guys can last the distance.