Shopworn former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley told Dan Rafael of ESPN.com this week that he was recently approached about fighting WBC light middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Amir “King” Khan some time this spring.
“They offered me a fight with Canelo and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll take it,'” said Mosley, 40, an admitted abuser of performance enhancing drugs who is a pedestrian 2-3-1 in his last six bouts.
Despite his emphatic interest in throwing fists with Canelo (39-0-1, 29 KOs), Mosley (46-7-1-1-, 39 KOs) was then asked about scrapping Khan (26-2, 18 KOs).
“Sugar Shane,” who was utterly outclassed by legendary prizefighter Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao in a lopsided unanimous decision loss in his previous bout May 7, claimed he would clash with Khan.
However, Mosley was clear he wouldn’t accept a match against Khan at the suggested weight of 145 pounds.
“I said, ‘No way at 145.’ I might do it if it was at 147. I was thinking 149 or 150,” Mosley said. “It’s possible, but I would want to be sure everything is right. It’s interesting, but it depends on the setting, the weight, what type of money.”
Alvarez, 21, a true Mexican superstar who started boxing professionally at the ludicrous age of 15, is the preeminent welterweight prospect in the world.
“Canelo” has spectacular power in both of his fists and his punches land with a resounding thud.
The precocious Mexican has all the necessary skills and abilities to soon command the boxing landscape for years to come.
“I’m better than anyone Canelo [has] fought,” Mosley said. “By all means, put me in with him and let me knock him out. To me, Canelo is a warm-up for me to another fight. We can definitely do that.”
The weathered graybeard is simply delusional if he believes Canelo would be “a warm-up.”
At this stage in their respective careers, Alvarez would badly batter Mosley and viciously “knock him out.”
Khan, a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured a silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece, would similarly embarrass Mosley.
The erstwhile IBF and WBA world light welterweight king relinquished his crowns to Lamont Peterson in a controversial split decision loss December 10 at the Convention Center in “Havoc’s” hometown of Washington, D.C.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron completely agrees that Khan was shafted.
“Amir Khan got mugged,” said Perron, 75, who helped work with Marvelous Marvin Hagler in the 1980s. “Without those two point deductions, Kahn was an easy winner. There will be a rematch. But, not in D.C. and Khan will destroy him.”
If they meet, Khan would prove far too elusive for Mosley and he would easily punish the antiquated pugilist.
Due to pathetic politics, expect Alvarez to tangle with WBC world welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather on May 5 in Las Vegas.
At this juncture, who Khan will ultimately fight is something of a mystery.
Therefore, it is possible that Khan’s next opponent will be Mosley.
Perron is a fan of Mosley and he contends “Sugar Shane” would at the very least force the action in the ring.
“Mosley is a tough guy,” said Perron. “He has quick hands, he will press the fight, and he is a legit welterweight who has fought real champions.”
“Pit” has an encyclopedic knowledge of “The Sweet Science” and his sentiments are extremely valid.
Mosley may have been “a tough guy” who “fought real champions.”
Unfortunately, “Sugar Shane” is presently a fighter living in the past and he will place himself in jeopardy if he again enters the squared circle.
Either Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Amir “King” Khan would force “Sugar Shane” to retire with a sour memory of the sport he once dominated.
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