|Ricardo Mayorga vs Shane Mosley - A Closer Look
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 19, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com
With Ricardo Mayorga vs Shane Mosley drawing closer to their September 27th fight in L.A, I decided to break down the slugger Mayorga’s skill set. Below is a 1-10 scale of Mayorga’s skills. Shane Mosley is the heavy 8-1 boxing betting favorite over Mayorga but, the Nicaraguan power-hitter has a puncher’s chance at +650 odds. Mosley is the faster, sharper fighter but, “Sugar” Shane may have lost some sweetness at age-37.
Ricardo Mayorga is boxing’s #1 wildman with his whirlwind fighting style and
crazy persona outside the ropes. The Nicaraguan Mayorga, was a gang leader before he was a prizefighter and, in many of Mayorga’s fights he is most effective when he brawls like a street fighter. The last time Ricardo last fought a fighter of Mosley’s caliber Mayorga, faced Oscar De La Hoya in May 2006 as a 3-1 underdog and he was dominated in 6 rounds in a KO loss. Mayorga tested positive for steroids after the fight which apparently did not help his performance. A trainer I have talked to that used to train the slugger told me that despite Mayorga’s technical deficiencies he had the heaviest hands he had ever felt on the punch mitts, heavyweights included.
Ricardo also has a good set of whiskers but his wide shots make his defense almost non existent at times. Mayorga is a mean fighter in the ring and he throws every punch with 100% force. Guys that fight the “El Matador” walk on egg shells knowing that one mistake can result in them blinking through a concussion. Ricardo has immense physical strength but his stamina is below-average with his bad habits of smoking and drinking.
Ricardo Mayorga Power Ratings 1-10 Marchetti Scale
*Power: 9 (* indicates x200%)
Ring IQ: 6
Marchetti Rating: 8.8
Tale-of-the-Tape for Ricardo Mayorga
Best Punch: Right-Cross.
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