After over 20 years as a professional boxer, Pomona’s favourite son "Sugar" Shane Mosley has decided to call it a day on his illustrious career.
Mosley, 42, recently lost to the much bigger Anthony Mundine in Australia. It was the first Mosley hadn’t seen the final bell.
"Sugar" Shane burst onto the scene in the early 90’s with his mix of power and speed, trained then by his father Jack. He captured his first world title just 4 and half years after his debut, beating IBF Lightweight champion Philip Holiday.
Following 8 successful defences Mosley decided to jump up two weight divisions to challenge his old amateur rival Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC Welterweight title. In one of the his best performances he dethroned the heavily favoured champion via split decision in a hotly contested bout.
He remained undefeated until he ran into bogeyman Vernon Forrest who had the antidote to Mosley’s speed and movement. Shane, ever the competitor went straight back into a rematch with Forrest but once again came up short.
He then decided to leave Welterweight to once again pursue a fight with Oscar De La Hoya, who was by that point a WBC/WBA unified Jr Middleweight champ. Once again Mosley squeaked past the Golden Boy in another close fight.
He then ran into another bogeyman in Ronald "Winky" Wright who frustrated and outfoxed him for two consecutive victories in 2004. Despite his best efforts Mosley was really too small to compete up at 154lbs.
Following the pair of losses to Wright, he was not defeated again until he faced Miguel Cotto, a fight in which began showing his age. But much to the surprise of journalists and fans alike he bounced back from that loss to comeback from the verge of defeat against Ricardo Mayorga, stopping the Nicaraguan with just seconds left in the 12th.
Mosely then recorded one of his standout victories by stopping the in form Antonio Magarito in a virtuoso performance in 9.
He never regained that form again and aside from wobbling Floyd Mayweather in the 2nd round in their contest he struggled against not only "Money" but also Manny Pacquiao.
Mosley briefly retired in June 2012, but this time it looks like it is for good.
Talking to the press at the recent Malignaggi v Judah card the former 3 weigh champion said:
“It’s a young man’s game. It’s time to step aside and let some of these young guys do their thing,”
“I’m going to stay around the sport and work as a trainer,” he said. “I’m training my son (Shane, Jr.) and a couple of other young fighters.”
He couldn’t have been more clear when he stated:
“It’s time to go. I’m retired”