Why Shane Mosley is Coming Back

Shane-Mosley

Great fighters believe in themselves when no one else does. It’s what drove them before they hit it big in the sport they love, arduous days toiling long hours for little or no reward other than the pride of knowing they did their best. It’s what vaulted them to the top of the sport, and it’s ultimately what kept them there once they made it.

Every time I’ve talked to Shane Mosley over the past year, he’s told me he’s coming back to the ring. Mosley, age 43, is now set to fight Ricardo Mayorga, age 41, on August 29 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The bout, a rematch of a 2008 Round 12 knockout win for Mosley, will be available live on pay-per-view.

Mosley was adamant he will return to vintage form.

“Of course! I can do this,” said Mosley. “I’m sharp. I’m fast. I’m sparring with everybody. I mean from 168 on down: I’m talking about the top guys.”

Mosley told me before his opponent was named he already had a prediction for the fight.

“Somebody is getting knocked out.”

Long before Mosley told me of his comeback plan, I had heard a rumor about the future Hall of Fame fighter. A notable boxing historian told me Mosley was the consummate gym rat, one who traveled all over the country and the world all throughout his career to spar and workout with other fighters. I was told that if a boxing gym existed, Mosley had probably been there to hone his game.

Mosley confirmed it.

“Very true. I go all over the world and train at every gym. I sparred with Carl Frampton the other day in England. I’m getting ready to spar with Shawn Porter [for the Adrien Broner fight]. I’m always working.”

Mosley is one of the better fighters of his generation. Host of HBO Boxing telecasts Jim Lampley has referred to him as arguably the greatest lightweight since Roberto Duran, high praise for a fighter who also won world titles at welterweight and junior middleweight.

At his peak, Mosley was damn near unbeatable.

An aging Mosley stuck around long enough to lose handily to the best fighters of the next generation, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. But Mosely said it wasn’t his age that was the problem. Rather, it was that he suffered injuries before both bouts.

“I had a pulled groin when I fought Mayweather. I had a popped Achilles tendon when I fought Pacquiao. So all the fights after Margarito, that was a little downhill for me.”

Mosley is 1-4-1 in his last six fights. He hasn’t been in the ring since a 2013 shellacking by Anthony Mundine. But like most great fighters, Mosley still believes in himself, even if no one else does. He said his time out of the ring, time spent staying in shape while training his son, Shane Mosley Jr., as well as notable middleweight Curtis Stevens, has done his body good.

Without the nagging injuries he suffered over last few years, Mosley wholeheartedly believes he is still an elite fighter.

“Now I want to fight again because I feel so much better. My body feels rejuvenated now. I just feel so sharp, so good. I know I can beat these guys. I’m in there working with all the champions from 168 down to 122. I know I can do numbers on lot of people.”

On August 29, we’ll see if Mosley can do a number on Mayorga. The fan-friendly brawler is nowhere near his peak, so if Mosley is truly back to fighting form, he should annihilate Mayorga within the distance.

And a win there could propel Mosley, the aging fighter who still believes in himself, into the types of fights he craves. He’s recently called for rematches with Mayweather and Pacquiao, and has used Twitter to call out everyone from Amir Khan to Paulie Malignaggi.

Consider Mosley-Mayorga 2 an audition for him. Mosley doesn’t care if you don’t believe in him. He’s going to do it anyway.

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-stormcentre :

Well, whether or not Shane is really ready for professional boxing and his aspirations within it, we will soon know after this and perhaps another fight. :)


-brownsugar :

At some point in life believing in yourself without accepting and acknowledging the natural process of physical decline that comes with age is a distinct liability. But at what point does self belief become denial ? Or even worse,... Delusional? And who can help the fighter who can no longer tell the difference?


-Kid Blast :

Vegetable soup


-stormcentre :

At some point in life believing in yourself without accepting and acknowledging the natural process of physical decline that comes with age is a distinct liability. But at what point does self belief become denial ? Or even worse,... Delusional?
And who can help the fighter who can no longer tell the difference?
Good question. One possible answer; probably the only person or thing that can, is a knockout and/or decent beating. Shane suffered a pretty good smack down from Floyd, but it wasn't a serious beating. Perhaps it was more that - aside from the close call early on where Floyd was forced to hold and regroup - Floyd just totally outclassed Shane. I can't see Mayorga handing out a serious hiding to Shane, even if Shane loses. Perhaps we will get the answers to all questions related to Shane's comeback when he starts fighting someone meaningful in the super/welterweight division. Shane could - if he is in really good shape - "probably" hang with Garcia, Paulie, and a few of the other welterweight fringe dwellers. The thing is with sparring - which is where the yardstick for much of Shane's confidence appears to reside - there is no drug testing for that. And as much as I hate to say it, I do find it very, very, hard to believe that Shane - after all he has given the sport and at his age - is not using, at least a little of, HGH, EPO, or something else. I would love to be wrong about that though, but I have a few hundred dollars that says I am not for anyone that's interested and can (confidentially) substantiate. :) :)


-stormcentre :

Vegetable soup
That's funny, succinct, and possibly also apt. :)


-The Good Doctor :

At some point in life believing in yourself without accepting and acknowledging the natural process of physical decline that comes with age is a distinct liability. But at what point does self belief become denial ? Or even worse,... Delusional?
And who can help the fighter who can no longer tell the difference?
The guy with a vicious right cross so to speak. Alot of guys in this situation, cannot be told, coerced, or persuaded to quit. It just literally has to be sadly beat out of them. It kind of falls in line with the thinking that change only comes when the pain of staying the same is more than the pain of switching course.


-stormcentre :

The guy with a vicious right cross so to speak. Alot of guys in this situation, cannot be told, coerced, or persuaded to quit. It just literally has to be sadly beat out of them. It kind of falls in line with the thinking that change only comes when the pain of staying the same is more than the pain of switching course.
Yes TGD, that's another - probably better - way of saying it. :) :)


-mortcola :

Old story. All the ability and knowledge stays in the head. Even if 10% disappears from age, denial can make that 10% disappear until enough bad performances make reality sink in. Sometimes way too late.


-Radam G :

Let's get it straight, not twisted. Sugar Shane doesn't believe that he is as good as he was 10 years ago. He simply wants to continue his career and compete with the old guns that also have deteriorating skills and the wild, hyped-up young ones with limited talent and exaggerated skills. (Fat, lazy arse Broner could not even beat Shane IMHO. Does this mean the undisciplined Broner should hang 'em up at 25 years old? Dat manitch's skills are in rapid deterioration.) What is wrong with Shane wanting to continue to get down against the has beens, softies, marshmallows, corpses and neverwases? For as long as boxing has been kicking, tricking and d*cking, 40-something and 50-something and even a few 60-something super-scrapping pugs have been hanging around getting down. And not one of them have been hurt or killed in dat squared jungle. The Sugarman is old salt. He is going to do it his way until he decides to halt. The rational you guys know this. But that darn emotional you is all up in your grill gettin' dat thrill. Knock dat bytch off da hill. And let the old salty Sugar Shane get his fill. It ain't dat serious, he is off dat syet and is eating his dill. Hehe! Holla!


-King Beef :

Good question. One possible answer; probably the only person or thing that can, is a knockout and/or decent beating. Shane suffered a pretty good smack down from Floyd, but it wasn't a serious beating. Perhaps it was more that - aside from the close call early on where Floyd was forced to hold and regroup - Floyd just totally outclassed Shane. I can't see Mayorga handing out a serious hiding to Shane, even if Shane loses. Perhaps we will get the answers to all questions related to Shane's comeback when he starts fighting someone meaningful in the super/welterweight division. Shane could - if he is in really good shape - "probably" hang with Garcia, Paulie, and a few of the other welterweight fringe dwellers. The thing is with sparring - which is where the yardstick for much of Shane's confidence appears to reside - there is no drug testing for that. And as much as I hate to say it, I do find it very, very, hard to believe that Shane - after all he has given the sport and at his age - is not using, at least a little of, HGH, EPO, or something else. I would love to be wrong about that though, but I have a few hundred dollars that says I am not for anyone that's interested and can (confidentially) substantiate. :) :)
I think your right Storm, I can't see Mayorga being the guy to change Sugar Shane's mind either. Hard to tell a guy to stop doing what he loves to do...hopefully he isn't hurting for cash....maybe Jin put a beating on him in court way worse than anybody did in the ring.


-The Good Doctor :

I think your right Storm, I can't see Mayorga being the guy to change Sugar Shane's mind either. Hard to tell a guy to stop doing what he loves to do...hopefully he isn't hurting for cash....maybe Jin put a beating on him in court way worse than anybody did in the ring.
Dude, Jin gave him a beating you cannot believe: -60,000 immediately at the settlement -20,000 a month after that (5K a month in clothes and 2K a month in jewelry were a part of this) Plus: -A total that was half of his purses from each fight up until the end of 2011 (Purses from Floyd, Margacheato, Cotto, Vargas, & Forrest are included in that) -Half of all merchandise sales related to Shane for the 7 years they were married -His three championship belts -Half of his Hilton Honors Points and American Express Points Because they were married in California, she is instantly entitled to half his assets attained during the marriage. However as you can see from the above, she didn't stop there. I will plead the 5th on my comments regarding this.


-Radam G :

I think your right Storm, I can't see Mayorga being the guy to change Sugar Shane's mind either. Hard to tell a guy to stop doing what he loves to do...hopefully he isn't hurting for cash....maybe Jin put a beating on him in court way worse than anybody did in the ring.
In the words of the late, great Sugar Ray Robinson: "A fighter can always use an extra dollar. And prizefighting is the way that he knows how to do it best...." Holla!


-Radam G :

Dude, Jin gave him a beating you cannot believe: -60,000 immediately at the settlement -20,000 a month after that (5K a month in clothes and 2K a month in jewelry were a part of this) Plus: -A total that was half of his purses from each fight up until the end of 2011 (Purses from Floyd, Margacheato, Cotto, Vargas, & Forrest are included in that) -Half of all merchandise sales related to Shane for the 7 years they were married -His three championship belts -Half of his Hilton Honors Points and American Express Points Because they were married in California, she is instantly entitled to half his assets attained during the marriage. However as you can see from the above, she didn't stop there. I will plead the 5th on my comments regarding this.
Pugs often draw shaky, shady women. And these women are demanding and more thieving than Ali Baba and the 40 thieves and Da Don King and "Mad dog greedy" Murad Muhammad combined. Getting a good woman from the jump and forever is a bonus for a pug. Only about 10 percent of the pugs get it right the first time and forever. Holla!