Originally Posted by DaveTheWave
Mosely didn't come to him? Ruelas: smaller. Chavez: smaller and over the hill. Trinidad: came foreward, but froze when DLH punched. Gatti: too small; in over his head. Vargas: technically inferior and had the wrong plan. Basilio would be all over DLH all night long. If Mosely's activity bothered him (it did), Basilio would create problems for him.
During the first fight Mosley was not the aggressor. He backed off and used the jab. He used the matador tactics, and De La Hoya was the bull. Only during a couple of the late rounds did Mosley decide to stand trade leather with a tiring De La Hoya, and he simply out-punched him three to one. De La Hoya never varied his strategy throughout the course of the entire fight, and played into Mosley hands.
De La Hoya won the rematch, and outboxed Mosley behind the jab and lateral movement. Roles
reversed from the first fight. Controversial decision I might add.
Basillo certainly aint got the handspeed and combinations of Mosley. And Mosley at 147lbs was at his peak regarding speed. I've got many of his lightweight fights, and his hanspeed is noticably slower.