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Shane Mosley brawls with Ricardo Mayorga in pre-fight press conference

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Past their primes? most definitely, but the build up to this weekend's fight between former three-weight world champion Shane Mosley and four-time belt ruler Ricardo Mayorga has boxing fans licking their lips as they wait for the final showdown at the Forum in Inglewood, California.    

The return of 'Sugar' Shane Mosley

The fight is a rematch seven years in the making after 'Sugar' Shane scored a 12th round knock-out over Mayorga back in 2008 in a highly competitive contest.

Since then the American has fought a further seven times, compiling a record of 2-4-1, last time out suffering his first KO loss to Anthony Mundine back in 2013. Despite his inactivity, the 43-year-old has always kept in good shape and will arguably make the contracted 154Ib fight weight more easily than his rival.

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The three-weight king is promoting the fight and looking to put an a huge spectacle, snatching viewers away from the Golden Boy promotions event that is topped by Mexicans Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares in the process.

Mosley added further intrigue to the boxing world where in a interview for Fighthype.com he spoke of his desire for rematches with Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, providing he gets through Mayorga on Saturday.

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Ricardo Mayorga - 'The craziest man in the sport'

Meanwhile, the trash talking Nicaraguan has not lost a step when it comes to intimidating and angering opponents, with many analysts suggesting that in the build up to this fight Mayorga has gone too far.

The 41-year old-is famous for his rants and press conference brawls, as well as his cigarette smoking and consumption of alcohol.

'El Matador', once billed as 'the craziest man in the sport', is a come forward fighter with concussive power and a former four-time world champion whose skills are often overlooked due to his verbal obscenities.

Mayorga has certainly been more active than his opponent, fighting twice at the end of last year and picking up two knock-out wins over Allen Medina and Andrik Saralegui.      

The heated rivalry 

When the fight between both former world champions was announced it came as a surprise to many due to Sugar's inactivity and his business ventures in promoting and developing new combat sport BKB (Big Knockout Boxing).

Boxing fans got excited about the return, and it was only a matter of time until the bad blood started to boil.

In a photo-shoot for the fight, Mosley posed for the cameras hitting the speed bag and showing off his ripped physique before Mayorga made a special appearance, hurling abuse, pushing and invading his rival's camera time.

A few weeks ago fireworks ensued as 'El Matador' smoked a cigarette in a face-off, blowing smoke at Mosley, who then smacked the cigarette out of Mayorga's mouth. A brawl followed, with both fighters having to be forced back by their teams.

It was this week though were things turned irreversibly sour. In their final presser both fighters stood by waiting for another face-off, when the Nicaraguan smacked the backside of Mosley's girlfriend, prompting another brawl.       

There has been mass criticism over the internet that these pre-fight actions are fake stunts to help promote the fight, but on Twitter Mosley publicly ensured fans that this rivalry is genuine. In a career spanning 22 years, the 43-year-old has never brawled or spoken badly of any opponent to help promote a contest.  

War of legends

This Saturday will be a huge fight between two legends of the sport that will hopefully provide fireworks and maybe a knock-out.

As we draw ever closer to the contest, there are still several questions pending. Has Mayorga's acts of intimidation got into the head of Mosley? Will the American deliver the crushing KO that he has promised fans? Has Mosley still got the skills to warrant his desired rematches with Mayweather, Pacquiao and Cotto?

We may find out all the answers after Saturday night. Is this the sweet return of 'Sugar' Shane? or will it be a Nicaraguan nightmare at the hands of the crazed Ricardo Mayorga? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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