After “Sugar” Shane Mosley was manhandled by 21-year-old junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez — who is the same age as Mosley’s oldest son — in a near-shutout decision loss on May 5 in Las Vegas, he joked during his post fight interview that, “When the kids start to beat you up, you might have to start promoting.”
One month later, Mosley made it official, announcing his retirement. NFL lines
Mosley accepted that he was indeed hanging up the gloves after a 19-year career that will likely land him in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
“I’m going to leave it alone,” Mosley, 40, related. “I’m good. I’m going into the promotional community; I’m training my boy [21-year-old beginner Shane Mosley Jr.]. It was a helluva career. I am content for all the great memories and all the great fighters that I fought. Now it’s time give back. I’m prepared to train my son full time now.”
Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KOs) asserted he knew it was time to retire after losing to Alvarez.
“That’s life, that’s getting older,” he said. “When you get older, you see what occurs. You think you can do stuff. You see stuff that you think you can do, that you want to do, but you just cannot do it anymore.”
Mosley had the audacity to carry the moniker “Sugar” like greats Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard before him. While Mosley didn’t match their mythical careers, he had a great one. He won 5 international titles in 3 weight classes, had a career-defining welterweight championship victory against Oscar De La Hoya in 2000 and was for a time in the early 2000s generally considered the No. 1 fighter globally.
As Mosley constructed an incredible record fighting in Southern California, his reputation started to grow although he didn’t get much television exposure. His 1st significant opening came in Aug 1997 when he challenged light-weight titleholder Philip Holiday. Although Mosley was not sharp, he won a unanimous call and his first title.
Throughout his career, Mosley never ducked an opponent. As light champion from 1997 to 1999, he made 8 defenses, winning each by knockout.
Many consider Mosley to be the best lightweight champion since Roberto Duran in the 1970s. Mosley’s mindset was always to go for the knockout.
“I always wanted to knock fellows out. It is a mindset I had when I tuned pro — knock everyone out and it’s never going to a decision,” Mosley recounted.
In 1998, Mosley defended the light title 5 times and was voted fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America while Jack Mosley was voted trainer of the year.
After Mosley left the light title, he skipped over junior welterweight and went to welterweight, where he was hoping to land a fight with Southern California rival De La Hoya, whom he had known since he was a kid and had once fought as a newbie — and later turned into business associates with Golden boy Promotions.