By: Robert Brizel
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Pictured: Paulie and Robert Brizel at Ringside
In June 2012, Sugar Shane Mosley retired from the professional boxing ring. Six months later, Mosley has been making comeback noises and has stated who he wants to fight. According to Fight Hype, it’s Paulie Malignaggi.
WBA Welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi?
Looking at the facts, Mosley won only two of his last seven professional bouts. Mosley could not beat Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Sergio Mora, or Saul Alvarez. His last win was over Antonio Margarito in January 2009, which is four years ago. Mosley, who is 41 years old, is still a name which can be sold for the big money fight. His 45 fights experience are substantial. Mosley fought Cotto, Mayweather, Margarito, Pacquiao and Luis Collazo at 147 pounds.
Mosley believes if he can beat Malignaggi, he might get another big money fight. TImothy Bradley? Austin Trout? Alfredo Angulo? James Kirkland? Danny Garcia? Amir Khan? It is hard to say what is on Mosley’s mind.
‘Magic Man’ Malignaggi has been more active to date. Malignaggi has fought nine times since losing to Ricky Hatton in 2008. Perhaps Mosley did not notice Malignaggi knocked out Vlacheslav Senchenko, a 32-0 defending champion, on his home turf in the Uukraine. Perhaps Mosley missed Malignaggi’s title defense at the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn over Pablo Cano. If Mosley wants a piece of the action at the Barclay’s Center, he probably needs a few tune up bouts first.
Sad to say, a lot of fights are all about ‘show me the money’. Mosley can still do decently with the pay-per-view gate. Enough to make the fight happen. If he loses to Paulie, he will have won only six of his last eight bouts. Mosley showed absolutely no hint of offense whatsoever against Canelo Alvarez earlier this year, and looked like a Rolex without the guts, a Timex taking a licking but which keeps on ticking. Muhammad Ali called out Larry Holmes, and Larry Holmes called out Mike Tyson too.
Quoting the late great Hall of Fame ring announcer Don Dunphy said after Ali lost a ten round decision to Trevor Berbick, “I hope he doesn’t fight again.” Ricky Hatton’s comeback attempt was awful, and Sugar Shane Mosley’s comeback attempt could be worse. At least the late heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, who reached 49-0 at age 32, had the decency to hang up the gloves and walk away when he knew it was his time. Today’s fighters see the green dollar, not the blue sky, and the reality of the damage which can occur when you take one fight too many.
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