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Mosley: Malignaggi Was an Offer I Couldn't Refuse

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former three division world champion Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39KOs) says the opportunity to challenge Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7KOs) for the WBA welterweight title was too good of an opportunity to pass up. The match is scheduled for April 27th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Mosley, 41, retired last year after suffering his third defeat in four fights. He lost a twelve round decision to WBC 154-pound champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in May, but that defeat also gave him the confidence to move forward at 147.

"I think if I'm able to hang in there with someone like Canelo, who is real big and strong and fast and young - I think that I can handle some of the 147-pounders out there," Mosley said.

When Mosley retired, he didn't expect to return. But the fire slowly crept back and the chance to face Malignaggi was too tempting.

"At the time I thought that I was just going to relax, and promote, and train my son and train some of the kids. As I trained some of the kids and went from gym to gym training different kids, a lot of people in the gym would tell me 'you still got it.' And then I started feeling the fire. I would see some of the guys fight and I started feeling the fire in my gut," Mosley said.

"And here I am. I get the opportunity with someone like Paulie Malignaggi who says he is willing to fight and is willing to put up his title - that's a great offer, that's an offer I can't refuse."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by amayseng on 01-22-2013

[QUOTE=BoxingFollower;12943177]I got Paulie by KO, the only guy more shot than Shane is RJJ.[/QUOTE] Ill take that bet. No points real money Shane is not knocked out

Comment by amayseng on 01-22-2013

You only get one life do what u love as long as you can. Who are any of us to tell a man he can't follow his dreams There is no age on fulfilling ones soul. If u don't want…

Comment by LacedUp on 01-22-2013

[QUOTE=The Gambler1981;12943071]Off hand I don't know what Mosley is doing to earn a living these days but this fight is probably a decent payday comparison and it ain't like Pauie is a killer to get at that payday. So I…

Comment by BoxingFollower on 01-22-2013

I got Paulie by KO, the only guy more shot than Shane is RJJ.

Comment by blacraven on 01-22-2013

Don't act like i'm the only one who thought about this when I read the title... Especially because Paulie's Italian...

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