By Lem Satterfield
In the time since his May 1 unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, former WBA welterweight (147 pounds) super champion, Shane Mosley has played a chess game with potential opponents.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, indicated the Pamona, Calif., resident has not seriously considered retirement even with Mosley turning 39 in September.
"The fact is that I've talked to Shane and I've talked to his attorney as well, Judd Burstein. And the fact is that there are a number of fights that Shane would be interested in," Schaefer said. "Shane has never been the kind of guy to duck any body, and he never will be that sort of guy."
Mosley's name has been brought up by possible rivals such as 26-year-old WBC welterweight king, Andre Berto (26-0, 20 knockouts), 26-year-old WBO junior welterweight (140 pounds) titlist Tim Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs), and, 35-year-old WBC middleweight (160 pounds) champion, Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs), to name just a few.
Schafer said that Mosley has brought up Berto as well as 29-year-old, newly crowned, WBA junior middleweight (154 pounds) champion, Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs), who beat Mosley by decision as a welterweight in November of 2007.
Mosley also appears to be interested in a rematch with Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs), whom Mosley stopped in the ninth round in January of 2009 when Margarito was coming off of a July, 2008, 11th-round knockout of Cotto.
"Some of the names that we've discussed are Andre Berto at 147 for Berto's title," said Schaefer. "Shane mentioned to me a rematch with Miguel Cotto, or a rematch with Antonio Margarito, so there's some interesting names out there. So we are basically going to see what can be put together."
The plan would be to get Mosley back into the ring sometime in the fall, said Schaefer.
"The fight would be sometime between September and November," said Schaefer. "Somewhere between that window is the time during which we'd like to do it, yes."
In the meantime, however, Mosley has been "taking it easy" and spending time with family, according to Burstein.
"Shane hasn't decided what he's going to do yet," said Burstein.
Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) paid the sanctioning fee to remain WBA champion in the event that he won his bout against Mayweather (41-0, 25 knockouts), who would not pay the fee, and, thus, could not win the crown.
After losing to Mayweather, Mosley was subsequently stripped of his belt.
"Shane could have kept the title if he had paid more money," said Burstein. "But we weren't prepared to do that."
The WBA already had recognized Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) as its regular welterweight titlist -- a belt he won with an April unanimous 12-round decision over Motoki Sasaki.
Sanchenko will defend his crown yet again in August against Charlie Jose Novarro (18-3, 13 KOs), of Monagas, Venezuela, at Lenin Square, Donetsk, Ukraine.
Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here .
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