Shane vs Mayorga



Mayorga 2

By David A. Avila

Nothing comes easy for Sugar Shane Mosley.

Pomona’s Mosley (47-9-1, 39 Kos) fights Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (31-8-1, 25 Kos) in a middleweight fight on Saturday Aug. 29, at the Inglewood Forum. A legal entanglement with former boxing kingpin Don King almost forced a postponement. The fight card will also be shown on pay-per-view. Whew.

Mosley already faced head-to-head competition with a rival boxing event at the Staples Center. Premier Boxing Champions is staging an event on the same day. Though Mosley’s GoBox Promotions was first to announce its event, the PBC has millions to out-spend the former boxer’s self-promoted fight card.

All these problems face Mosley who still has to fight and beat Nicaragua’s Mayorga, a fighter who was beating him when they fought before in 2008. A final round last-second knockout by Mosley salvaged a win.

The fight between Mosley and Mayorga was in jeopardy because Don King Productions claimed to have a contract with the Nicaraguan. But the former welterweight and junior middleweight world champion says he never signed the contract that bears his signature. A forensic expert was sent to look at the signature to see if it was forged or genuine.

Now Mosley must contend with Mayorga. These two have history. Back in 2002, the first man to defeat Mosley in the ring was the late Vernon Forrest who did it twice that year. The first man to defeat Forrest was Mayorga who did in twice in 2003. The first was a shocker that took place at Pechanga Resort and Casino.

Anyone who saw Mayorga fight in person was in for a treat. Aside from his devil-may-care fighting style, his comments and performances before the fights such as when he stepped on a scale with a whole pizza in his hand drew laughter and enthusiastic crowds. The Nicaraguan madcap is a natural entertainer.

“I’d like to say a prayer for Shane,” said Mayorga during the press conference on Wednesday that erupted into a tussle. “I give him three rounds, but if he’s brave enough I’ll knock him out in one.”

Though both Mayorga and Mosley are in their 40s, they are very athletic and possess knockout power. Punching power never goes away.

“He talked a lot of mess,” says Mosley of his opponent Mayorga. “But I’m like cool. If he wants to get in there, I’m all for it.”

Mayorga excitedly predicts a spectacular win.

“If I can’t knockout this grandpa in two rounds I will retire,” Mayorga said.

Mosley chuckles when he hears Mayorga’s comments, especially regarding age.

“He’s only two years younger than me. Who’s he calling grandpa?” said Mosley.

Age shouldn’t be a factor in this fight. Tickets begin at $68. The first bout begins at 5 p.m. It will also be televised on pay-per-view at a price of $49.95.


Fights on television

Fri. Spike, 6 p.m., Brandon Girtz (11-4) vs. Melvin Guillard (32-14).

Fri. Showtime, 10 p.m., Trevor Bryan (15-0) vs. Derric Rossy (30-9).

Sat. ESPN, 7 p.m., Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1) vs. Abner Mares (29-1-1).

Sat. pay-per-view, 7 p.m., Shane Mosley (47-9-1) vs. Ricardo Mayorga (31-8-1); Maureen Shea (24-2) vs. Yulihan Luna Avila (12-2); Joel Diaz (19-0) vs. Luis Arceo (28-13).