QUOTE (TRU @ Apr 26 2010, 06:16 PM)
I can't remember the time I've seen a guy deemed as an all-time great looking so visibly discouraged each and every time out.
Can you guys?
This is a serious question... not hating.
I would not consider Mosley an all-time great. But I don't consider Roy Jones an all-time great either. But to answer your question There has been times he looks frustrated but not every time out. I didn't see any frustrated when fought as a lightweight.
He had fought 34 times amassing a 34–0 (32) record, beating undefeated Phillip Holiday to win the IBF Lightweight title. He made 9 title defenses with all inside the distance, but never unified belts. Mosley relinquished his lightweight title to move up 2 divisions, facing Oscar De La Hoya for his Welterweight title.
I didn't see any signs of frustration as he came on strong down the stretch as De La Hoya started to fade and Mosley finished strong. Shane was brimming with confidence and was considered pound for pound the best fighter in the world at the time. Ranked ahead of Roy Jones Jr, Felix Trinidad, and Bernard Hopkins.
Now when Mosley met Forrest ... he looked confused and lost. A clash of heads and dealing with a monster of a welterweight in the The Viper.
This was the first time I saw Mosley clearly frustrated. The main reason was because he was getting his ass kicked. But he never stopped trying. Didn't helped that his father went into a panic as well.
Mosley rematch against Forrest and lost. Frustrated looking from losing? Maybe? Maybe not.
Mosley fought Winky Wright twice ... a fighter that many high-profile welterweights clearly didn't fight. I saw Felix Trinidad looking confused and frustrated against Hopkins and Wright.
Mosley seemed more sure of himself in their rematch and did much better but he lost.
The only pattern I can see is the same pattern I see in many fighters ... Mosley not being an exception. What happens when you can't figure a guy out. Cotto wore that same look when he fought Pac Man. Roy Jones Jr looked that way in all three of his fights against Traver. Tyson was no longer the baddest man against Douglas or Holyfield. Tyson became so upset and bewildered he went Dracula in their rematch. Holyfield was frustrated against an young and hungry Riddick Bowe in their first fight.
What about Duran against Sugar Ray. He was so frustrated that he quit. How about Hagler calling Ray an bitch in their super fight because he couldn't draw Ray into a war. Never saw Hagler looking so frustrated and upset.
Looking at so old fight films of of the original Sugar. Watch how frustrated Jake LaMotta looked ... as Ray Robinson unleashed combinations time and time again on the raging bull's fast.
How about the look on Erick Morales face ... after quitting against Pac Man in their third fight.
Has anyone forgotten the look on Alexis Argüello's face ... after being savagely beaten by Aaron Pryor in their rematch. He looked discouraged. Something he admitted years later.
Fighters are human. And Mosley is not Cotto, Hopkins, Barrera, and Julio Cesar Chavez. Those men rarely show any emotions.
Hope this answers your question.