"Sugar" Shane Mosley is a future Hall of Famer, but it’s been years since he was one of boxing’s top draws. Though he is far from his prime years, the Southern California fighter still wants to take on the best that the sport has to offer.
Mosley, 43, is set to face 41-year-old Ricardo Mayorga on Aug. 29 in his first bout in nearly two years. If the junior middleweight is able to hold off Mayorga, he wants to get revenge for the losses that have highlighted the end of his career.
"My mindset is to beat all the guys that beat me," Mosley recently told BoxingScene.com. "Obviously I can't beat Vernon Forrest. God bless the dead. There is Mayweather, there is Pacquiao and there is Winky (Wright) if he wants to come back and fight. There is Canelo and Cotto. They are all out there to fight."
Mosley began his career with 38 consecutive victories, but he’s gone just 9-9-1 in his last 19 fights. Mosley has failed to win five of his last six fights including losses to Mayweather, Pacquiao and Alvarez from 2010-2012. Each of those three bouts ended in a unanimous decision. He also lost a unanimous decision to Miguel Cotto in 2007.
The last time Mosley stepped in the ring, he suffered the worst loss of his career. Against Anthony Mundine, Mosley suffered a sixth-round TKO, being stopped early for the first time ever. But the boxer is hoping his time away from the ring will rejuvenate him.
"I healed for two years and I feel great,” Mosley said. "People say I'm old but Bernard Hopkins is 50 and he's getting ready to fight. When I was 38, 39 I was considered old but Mayweather is 38 and Pacquiao is 38 or 37, and they aren't considered old."
While Mosley might be hoping to once again fight the biggest names in the sport, he isn’t likely to get his wish. Even an impressive win over Mayorga, whom Mosley defeated in 2008, wouldn’t get him in the ring against the best boxers in his weight class.
It looks like Andre Berto will face Mayweather in September, possibly becoming the last fighter to get his shot at the undefeated champ. Mayweather has stated on multiple occasions that his final fight of 2015 will be his last.
Pacquiao won’t be able to fight until 2016, as he recovers from shoulder surgery. But he’ll likely fight a more formidable opponent, following his May 2 loss to Mayweather. Amir Khan or Kell Brook, two boxers with a strong following in the United Kingdom, are considered frontrunners to take on the Filipino icon. It's very possible that Pacquiao may only have two more fights remaining in his career.
Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez will fight in November, and they have better potential opponents on the horizon. The winner of their fight seems likely to face Gennady "GGG" Golovkin in the first half of 2016.