"I think both guys have a lot to prove."
"I think it's an evenly matched fight -- half will pick Mosley, half Ortiz. Mosley really proved himself in Mexico against Pablo Cesar Cano, so I think it would be an intriguing fight."
Actually, this would be a pretty interesting match-up, stylistically and in general.
And at this point, it may be a more dangerous fight for the 26 year old Ortiz. He's lost his last two bouts by knockout, hasn't fought in a year due to the broken jaw he suffered against Josesito Lopez last June and has stepped in the ring only twice since May 2011.
Mosley, who turns 42 in September, is fresh off a solid, hard-fought win over rugged 23 year old Pablo Cesar Cano, who gave Paulie Malignaggi all he could handle previously. And while Mosley has lost 3 of his last 5 fights, consider the opposition... Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
If Mosley vs Ortiz comes to fruition, don't be surprised if the past-his-prime Sugar Man is the favorite.
But Ortiz is strong, has world class skills and can bang a bit. He gained prominence in an exciting knockdown-filled affair in April 2011, dethroning previously unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (then 27-1, 21 KOs). Both men fought valiantly in a title fight that featured four knockdowns as the see-saw bout, a Fight of the Year candidate for 2011, kept observers on the edge of their seats throughout.
Can Ortiz repeat that performance against the more cunning Mosley? Or will Shane's speed, polish and experience prove too great for his brawling foe?
Mosley vs Ortiz later this summer?