By: Mike Sloan: Apparently “Sugar” Shane Mosley didn’t get the memo that he shouldn’t be fighting anymore, but the 41-year old future Hall of Famer defied the critics and toppled the much younger and favored Pablo Cesar Cano in Cancun. Early on inside the Grand Oasis Arena, it seemed as though Mosley wouldn’t last too long with Cano; he was getting tagged and was slow off the punch. His movements were stiff and he looked like he has over the course of the past four years: old.
But just as it seemed Cano would pull away from the aging lion, Mosley caught a second wind and began pecking away at Cano’s early-rounds lead. Mosley was more active, became looser inside the ring, and – more importantly – began landing his shots. Mosley eventually caught up to Cano on the cards and by the eighth round rolled around, he was ahead on two of the three judges’ cards.
Mosley never relented and though he didn’t look like anything he used to be when he was tearing apart the lightweight division in his glory days, he won the majority of the back-and-forth exchanges. Mosley hammered away at Cano in the tenth, which was easily his best round since the second frame of his memorable tussle with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Cano didn’t surrender to the elder Mosley’s charges and it made for entertaining action until the end, where Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KOs) was awarded a hard-fought but well-deserved unanimous decision. Having won 115-113 on all three cards, apparently the time is not now for Mosley to officially pack it in. Whether this will be for his advantage remains to be seen, but it was the first time in over four years when he vanquished Antonio Margarito. Cano fell to 26-3-1 with 20 KOs.