Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

'Sugar' Shane Mosley Marches On: “It’s About Pride Now”

By Jake Donovan

Every true ring warrior has one last great fight in them. It’s the tagline that always accompanies any bout featuring a past-prime fighter believed to be in way over his head.

It’s about all that Shane Mosley has left to cling to, heading into his May 5 showdown with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas. The bout serves as the chief support to the pay-per-view headliner between Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., both of whom own wins over Mosley.

The latest assignment for Mosley is a stern reminder of just how far from grace he has fallen. The 40-year old has served as the B-side headliner for each of the last two major cards centered around the Cinco de Mayo holiday, dropping a lopsided decision to Mayweather Jr. two years and offering an even less inspiring performance against Manny Pacquiao last May.

Wedged in between was a disputed draw against Sergio Mora in their largely unwatchable Sept. ’10 pay-per-view main event. All told, Mosley hasn’t seen the win column since his throwback performance versus then-top welterweight Antonio Margarito more than three years ago.

The present has become a bitter pill to swallow for Mosley. To his credit, he doesn’t cling to his past as proof that he’s the same great fighter as was the case a long time ago. He’s not looking to turn back the clock, but rather prove that time still exists on what appears to be an expiring career.

“It’s about pride now,” Mosley admits. “All of those victories, those fights I’ve won are all in the past. I’m facing an up and coming champion who has a belt that I want. I’m looking to win the belt and going on to bigger and better things. We both have ideas of what we want to do. He has the idea of winning the fight and going on to bigger things. I have the same plan (for myself).”

The elephant in the room is just far along Mosley in his career – now in his 20th year as a prizefighter – and the ramifications of a fourth straight fight without a win should Alvarez prevail. To say that May 5 is a must win is a massive understatement.

Mosley plans on performing as if his career depends on it, though doesn’t believe that he’s yet reached the do-or-die stage.

“I don’t look at this as my back against the wall. This fight, I’m looking to make a statement – not just winning, but making a statement. I see myself as not an old warrior but a young killer. I don’t buy into the 40-year old stuff. I’m coming into the fight like I fought Margarito.”

Heading into the Margarito fight, Mosley struggled before taking out faded Ricardo Mayorga with mere seconds to go in the 12th and final round of their Sept. ’08 bout. It was believed that his next fight would be his last day in the sun, but Mosley ran wild on Margarito just moments after the Mexican was caught with plaster-like substance in his handwraps.

It’s been all downhill since then. The losses to Mayweather and Pacquiao could be dismissed as simply coming up (very) short against the two best fighters in the world. Even the disputed draw – in which many felt Mosley deserved the nod – could easily be chalked up to a bad styles matchup.

Yet Mosley believes the answer lies not within the results but what took place prior to those bouts.

“The difference in this camp is that I’m going into camp feeling good,” Mosley insists. “I’m not worrying about anything bothering me. I’m just going to camp.  I feel I’m able to be at my best.”

At his best, Mosley was once regarded as the best fighter in the sport. That changed the moment he lost for the first of two times to the late Vernon Forrest more than a decade ago.

Whether or not the best of whatever Mosley has left is enough to get past Alvarez remains to be seen, though an uphill climb as far as most are concerned. Mosley would love nothing more than one more chance to upset the odds, doing so on a major Mexican holiday.

“It means a lot,” Mosley says of a potential Cinco de Mayo win over Mexico’s current favorite son. “I think winning this title means more. It puts me in line with the bigger fights.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BOLLOCKS on 04-17-2012

All teh monies lost in teh divorce could also have something to do with it.

Comment by Dat on 04-17-2012

Sugar Shane you're the fighter I fancy to win in this one

Comment by TheGreatA on 04-17-2012

It was about pride 10 years ago. Now it's about the money.

Comment by dray435 on 04-17-2012

testing testing

Comment by mex602 on 04-17-2012

[QUOTE=-MAKAVELLI-;12010118]give it a rest, Shane[/QUOTE] Lmao!!! Shane needs to hit the showers....

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (23)
Top Headlines N'Dam vs. Murata - CompuBox Reflects on First Fight Stats Why Malignaggi Should Quiet Down. And Why He Won't. Machado: He Hurt Me a Few Times, But I Got The Punch I Needed Hassan N'Dam vs. Ryota Murata II: Pre-Fight Report Card Maciej Sulecki: I Want Jermell Charlo Next, I Want The Title Shot Alberto Machado Gets Off The Floor, Knocks Jezreel Corrales Out Jezreel Corrales-Alberto Machado - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Demetrius Andrade Makes 160 Debut, Dominates Alantez Fox Carlos Jimenez Knocks Out Pedro Campa in Shocker Sharif Bogere Decisions Rodriguez Over Ten Rounds in Las Vegas Gassiev Crushes Wlodarczyk in Three, Will Face Dorticos Next Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Culcay Hurts Resilient Sulecki, But Loses Unanimous Decision Hearn is Firm: I Want Wilder-Whyte Next, Never 50-50 For Joshua! Jason Moloney, Andrew Moloney Win Big in Melbourne Demetrius Andrade vs. Alantez Fox - CompuBox Historical Review Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk - CompuBox Historical Review Josh Warrington Stops Dennis Ceylan in Ten To Earn Selby Shot Cecilia Braekhus Stops Mikaela Lauren in Six To Retain Ryan Burnett Defeats Zhanat Zhakiyanov - Unifies WBA, IBF Titles Azinga Fuzile Stuns Munyai, Simpiwe Vetyeka Suffers Upset Loss Lyon Woodstock Captures WBO Euro, Tommy Langford Wins Pedro Guevara Aims For a KO Against Shiro To Regain WBC Title Acelino Freitas Set To Return, Faces Martinez in November Josh Warrington vs. Dennis Ceylan - LIVE Results From Leeds Photos: Hassan N'Dam, Ryota Murata Ready For Rematch Battle Demetrius Andrade's Promoter Details Many Options at 160 Ryan Burnett-Zhanat Zhakiyanov: Pre-Unification Report Card Arum: Murata Will Be On Pound-For-Pound Lists By End of 2018 Schaefer Says Ringstar is Ahead of The Golden Boy Curve in Year 1 Anthony Joshua: 'Desperate' Wilder Needs Our Fight More Than Me Photos: Heather Hardy Stopped in a Bloodbath on Bellator Card Photos: Joe Joyce, Michael Page Debut - Stop Opponents To Win Ricky Hatton Believes Burnett vs. Zhakiyanov is 50-50 Fight James Metcalf: After Damon Jones, I'm Ready For Anyone Coldwell Explains: Amir Khan's Career is Going Down The Toilet! Hatton Says Claims of Wild Lifestyle During Career Were Overblown Jermell Charlo: I Want Any Champion Next - Canelo, Golovkin Too Isaac Zarate, Christian Esquivel Ends in Technical Draw Sakio Bika, Tim Tszyu Pumped For Their Bouts in Sydney
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement