This Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona, Shane Mosley, age 44, will enter a professional prize ring for the 60th professional fight of his illustrious career. Mosley has been a world champion at lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight. He has wins over such notable opponents as Oscar De La Hoya (twice), Jesse James Leija, John John Molina, Fernando Vargas, Luis Collazo, Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga.
Mosley is a future Hall of Famer, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of his generation.
But his generation has come and gone. Just as with other great stars who hung on too long, it’s sad to watch him continue now in his diminished state.
Shane Mosley looked well past his prime six years ago, when he faced Floyd Mayweather in May 2010, at age 38. In that fight, Mosley landed one of the best punches ever on Mayweather and had him in trouble. But he was unable to press the advantage and ended up losing every other round in the fight. The version of Mosley who beat De La Hoya twice might not have defeated Mayweather. But he would certainly have made for a much closer bout.
Against Manny Pacquiao a year later, Mosley was dropped in Round 3 and spent most of the fight avoiding engagement. He lost every round of the fight. A year after that, in May 2012, at age 40, Mosley took a thorough beating from the rising Saul Alvarez. After the bout, he commented “I need to stop getting beaten up by this younger guys.” It looked like he was prepared to retire and it was a relief to see him chosing to do so.
But Shane Mosley couldn’t stay away. In May 2013 he managed to beat the mediocre Pablo Cesar Cano in a shockingly close bout. In November of that year, Mosley was stopped in seven rounds by Anthony Mundine.
That should have been it for Mosley and he did stay retired for over a year. But in August 2015, he made a pathetic money grab against former rival Ricardo Mayorga, in a fight that was promoted with the subtlety of a WWE event, and stopped the out-of-shape Nicaraguan in six round and stopped non-entity Patrick Lopez last December.
On Saturday, he faces David Avanesyan, another obscure opponent. I expect Mosley to win. I don’t expect it to prove much of anything, though.