This past Saturday night in Los Angeles’ Staples Center, “Sugarless” Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KO’s) and Sergio “The Satin Snake” Mora (22-1-2, 6 KO’s) fought to what many feel was a well-deserved draw.
As easily predicted, these two fighters had no inclination to do what the packed crowd celebrating Mexican Independence weekend was hoping for.
Not because the fighters didn’t want to get in and mix it up, but because they didn’t have it in them to get in and mix it up.
The light hitting and highly overrated Mora should be known as “the rabbit”, as he has only been able to show any type of “warrior mentality” when he is the far superior boxer in the ring.
The obviously diminished skills Mosley now owns provides the opportuniy for those closest to him to properly advise him to issue his retirement from boxing statement as soon as possible.
Concern for the physical and mental well-being of Shane Mosley demands immediate attention before he gets in with the wrong opposition that cares nothing of who he is, or what he once was, in the sport of boxing.
Pay close attention to the speech of Mosley and it is apparent that sooner than later, he needs a full battery of medical test administered by his physician to determine the now obvious damage the years of boxing have taken a toll on his body.
Too often former World Champion fighters stick around just one fight too many, and the devastation of what they and their families must deal with for the rest of their lives, is awfully painful to watch.
Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and many others are relative shells of their former selves and without question, their careers in the shiny spotlight of the arena called professional boxing, is the main culprit.
Shane Mosley has been a “class act” during his entire boxing career and represents what boxing should have as their face.
In all likelyhood Shane Mosley will soon schedule another bout where he will be buried deep on the undercard and claim he still has “the passion for boxing” he will take to his grave.
He has so much left to offer in the promotions and marketing side of the boxing business, that it would be a shame for his partners in the Golden Boy Promotions organization not to discuss his future, and options with them, immediately.
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora is just 29 years-old with a future in the ring, verified by his performance this past Saturday night, leaving him in the category of “opponent”.
Should he decide, with there being no obvious speech or physical reason he should not continue, that he has many more fights in him, only the boxing public can show your displeasure, by refusing to support him in the ring.
Whether you thought Mora won, or Mosley was the victor, this past Saturday night had all of boxing take one giant step in the wrong direction when Oscar de la Hoya clearly took advantage of Mexican Independence weekend to line his pockets.
With a $44.95 price tag for a fight card loaded with old (they were termed “experienced”) fighters who were offered the opportunity for one last payday under the bright lights, de la Hoya should be blasted for the product he offered this past weekend.
Victor Ortiz demolished a worn out Vivian Harris. Saul Alvarez demolished a worn out Carlos Manuel Baldomir. Daniel Ponce de Leon demolished a worn out Antonio Escalante.
If you adhere to the phrase “the truth hurts”, appreciate the assessment offered for the above mis-matches.
The chances of de la Hoya being held accountable for his actions in or out of the ring, are about as remote as Sergio Mora and Shane Mosley making the decision to retire from boxing, and that is something we all need to consider.
Danielle Dowell (Centennial): “I knew the fights were not going to be very good. Shane Mosley didn’t look good in his last fight and I hoped he would retire then. I guess his promotor feels there’s still a few bucks to be made off of him”.
Richard Ortiz (Denver): “The fight card would’ve been a great deal for $19.95″.
Keith Abraham (Denver): “I’m concerned with what I hear come from the mouth of Shane Mosley. He sounds like he has a mouth full of marbles. Sergo Mora ran for twelve rounds and was given a draw to appease the Mexan Independence crowd. Oscar de la Hoya should be ashamed of himself”.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com, and co-hosts INSIDE BOXING LIVE!