Sugar and Spice

By Clarence George on March 20, 2013
Sugar and Spice
The latter part of Mosley's career has been spotty at best. He's perhaps a spent force.

Welters Shane Mosley and Pablo Cesar Cano are scheduled to clash in Cancun, Mexico, on May 18.

Forty-one-year-old Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KOs) has been a pro since 1993. He won his first 38 fights, 35 by stoppage, and has won several major titles. “Sugar” took the IBF lightweight championship from Philip Holiday by unanimous decision in 1997 and engaged in eight successful title defenses. He won the WBC welterweight title in 2000 by defeating Oscar De La Hoya via split decision, defending his claim three times before losing to Vernon Forrest by unanimous decision in 2002 (his first defeat). Mosley won the WBC junior middleweight crown from De La Hoya by unanimous decision in 2003, only to lose it, also by unanimous decision, to Winky Wright the following year. 

The latter part of Mosley’s career has been spotty at best. Spotty? Hell, in addition to losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2010 and Manny Pacquiao in 2011, both via unanimous decision (as well as drawing against Sergio Mora three years ago), Mosley hasn’t won a fight since 2009, when he stopped Antonio Margarito by ninth-round TKO. He’s a faded fighter and perhaps a spent force.

Mosley’s most recent fight took place almost a year ago, in May 2012, when he challenged Saul Alvarez for his WBC junior middleweight title. He lost by unanimous decision. There was talk of a bout with Paulie Malignaggi for his WBA welterweight strap, but the deal fell through. “Magic Man” didn’t see enough green, and has opted to face Adrien Broner instead, in June.

Cano, 23 (26-2-1, 20 KOs), is a seven-year pro. Save for a draw (against Israel Ramirez in his third fight), he won his first 24 bouts, 18 by KO or TKO. The first of his two losses came in 2011, when he challenged Erik Morales for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title. Morales retired him in the 10th. “El Demoledor” fought four times last year, retiring Francisco Contreras in the sixth in February, stopping Fidel Monterrosa Munoz by ninth-round KO in May, and beating Johan Perez by seventh-round technical decision in July. The Mexican lost to Malignaggi by controversial split decision in October. Cano was scheduled to fight Manuel Perez this past Saturday, the 16th, but had to cancel due to illness.

Cano’s a favorite of mine. Even if he weren’t, I’d still favor him in his upcoming fight. Mosley was an outstanding fighter in his day…and avocado was once the color of choice for kitchen appliances.

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  1. Clarence George 05:48pm, 03/21/2013

    Spider Rico…LOL.

    Raxman:  There’s no doubt Mosley has done his reputation ill in recent years (yeah, he should have hung ‘em up four or five years ago), but what he accomplished in terms of wins and championships still outweighs the nonsense.  That won’t be true if he continues to make an ass of himself.  Jones’ craziness should be a lesson to him.

  2. raxman 03:18pm, 03/21/2013

    this is sad.. he shou’ld’ve gone out on top with margarito - or at the very least after the floyd payday.  he and RJJ just pissing all over their legacies. and i disagree with roy - it isn’t his to throw away. it belongs just as much to we fans who’ve spent our money and our hearts on these guys. i wanted to be able to speak about mosley & roy in 40 years time the same way the old blokes talked of homicide hank etc when i was a kid. but the kids of 2050 will look at mosley and roys record and wonder what’s so special about them

  3. Eric 03:14pm, 03/21/2013

    The Spider Rico Is He Still Around Award goes to Sugar Shane Mosley.

  4. Clarence George 01:44pm, 03/21/2013

    Glad you liked it, Jason.  And I of course agree with you and Rolling Thunder.  One can only hope that Mosley’s defeat at the hands of Cano will, literally, knock some sense into him.

  5. Rolling Thunder 12:33pm, 03/21/2013

    Get the hell out of there, Mosley. Right now.

  6. Jason 12:22pm, 03/21/2013

    “and avocado was once the color of choice for kitchen appliances.” about never seeing the hook coming…nice one.

    Shane is the victim of hangers-on. “You still got it champ. Three more fights baby, then you can retire a champion.”

    He’ll pay for that.

  7. Clarence George 03:10am, 03/21/2013

    I couldn’t agree more, Mike.  Mosley should have retired years ago, and stayed that way.  It seems as though only Gene Tunney and a handful of others had the good sense to do just that.

    Cano is seen as second-tier (absurdly underrated, in my opinion).  If he beats Mosley, as I strongly suspect he will, “Sugar” might just get the message, hang up his gloves, and open Sugar’s Bar & Grill, Steaks & Chops Our Specialty, in downtown Pomona.

  8. Mike Casey 02:57am, 03/21/2013

    Dear oh dear, Clarence. I do wish Shane would pack it in. Over the hill and fighting a tough kid in Mexico. Not a healthy combination.

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