Shane Mosley Explores the Art of Boxing Over 40 as He Prepares for Youthful Canelo Alvarez: Fan’s Look

Six-time world champion and three division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley is preparing to face Canelo Alvarez, WBC super welterweight world champion, on May 5 in Las Vegas at the "Ring Kings" event. Alvarez, 21, is much younger than Mosley. "I used to watch Shane Mosley's fights. Now I am fighting him. It is like a dream. May 5 is going to be a great night. Don't miss it … I think this is going to be the hardest fight I have had yet … I want to be one of the best fighters in history, but first, I need to beat Mosley," Alvarez said during the press tour for the event.

Here's are highlights from Canelo Alvarez's successful career video

Mosley responds to questions about boxing after age 40

Shane is facing a much younger opponent. People are wondering how his age will affect his performance against a younger fighter.

On their Facebook page, HBO Boxing, in a Fighter Blog Week 1, asked Shane Mosley, "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's response: "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 [with] 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."

Mosley is not alone in his pursuit of excellence after the age of 40. Here's a link to one man's list of boxers who are in their "wisdom" years, The over 40 club: Boxing's all-time best fighters over 40

Boxing Over Age 40

Here's a collection of quotes from Shane Mosley, six-time world champion and three division world champion, during the press tour for the "Ring Kings" event.

"I fought both of the main event guys [Mayweather and Cotto]. I think it is going to be a tremendous fight and I am excited and honored to be on the undercard. I think Canelo and I could probably be a main event, but I am proud to be a part of this…My motivation to continue fighting is that I love what I do and I'm going to be in boxing forever. I'm fighting a good guy who is young and I care about his career, but I also care about my career. I'm at 100 percent and that's unfortunate for Canelo."

Being over a certain age myself, I admire Mosley's tenacity and heart. But Carnelo has time on his side. I agree that with age comes wisdom, but will that be enough?

I understand that Mosley has long standing experience using his weapons well to earn the victory in a match. But against a young, strong hungry lion, Shane may be about to have a face-to-face with Father Time.

Here's Sugar Shane Mosley's career highlight video

I'm looking forward to how the older man battles the younger one, to see if he proves whether strategy can overcome a young man's zeal. To steal a line from Dylan Thomas' famous poem, "Rage against the dying of the light, Shane Mosley."

Who do you think wins this match?

Source: Quotes for Mosley and Alvarez are from Swanson Communications press release

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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. She trains with Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny

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Updated Monday, Apr 9, 2012