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According to RingTV.com Shane Mosley has officially retired from boxing.
I’ve watched Shane for many years. Since he fought and defeated Philip Holiday for his first world title in 1997. The man was an absolute beast as a lightweight (135 lbs), going 32-0, with 30 knockouts.
Hell, before he lost his first fight in 2002 to Vernon Forrest he had ran his record to a ridiculous 38-0, 35 KO’s.
The last few years of his career aren’t something he wants to remember, considering he finished his career 2-4-1 in his last seven fights. Granted those losses were to the likes of Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and the young stud, Saul Alvarez. Not too shabby, except the last four fight against Floyd, Sergio Mora, Manny, and Alvarez were bad-to-terrible performances.
Being a fan, I will choose to remember him as the warrior he always was. He may have looked those last fights, but it wasn’t for lack of effort.
Shane always brought everything he had to the ring with him. Never lacked effort or motivation.
I will block out his fights against Mayweather, Mora, and Pacquiao in favor of his efforts against Oscar De La Hoya (twice), Antonio Margarito, John John Molina, Jesse James Leija, and Fernando Vargas (twice). All victories.
Mosley finishes his career as a multiple time champion in three different weight classes and with a record of 46-8-1, 39 knockouts.
I hope retirement treats you well Shane.