The first fight between Shane Mosley
(42-4) and Fernando Vargas
(26-3) was stopped in round 10 due to tremendous swelling around Vargas' left eye
. Vargas contends that head-butts caused the swelling. Mosley insists it was repeated right hands that did the damage. On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Mosley and Vargas will go at it a second time. This marks Vargas' first opportunity to avenge a loss -- he never received a rematch against Felix Trinidad
(a 12th-round TKO loss in 2000) or Oscar De La Hoya
(an 11th-round TKO loss in 2002). The good news is that it should - once again - be an action-packed bout as both fighters stand and trade - and eat a lot more leather - than when they were younger and better defensively. The bad news is - unfortunately - predictable: it'll cost you $49.95 to watch the fight on HBO pay-per-view.
Prediction: At 28, Vargas should be closer to his boxing prime than Mosley, 34. However, Vargas is a high-mileage 28 and absorbs too much punishment against top tier opposition. If Vargas honestly believes that it was head-butts and not right hands that caused his problems in the first fight, then he's liable to leave himself open to the same shots once again. Mosley prevails by a close 12-round decision in which both fighters, once again, believe they did enough to win the fight.