Shane Mosley’s draw against Sergio Mora on Saturday night might well have permanently taken big money fights off the table for the now 39 year old former welterweight champion.
For most of the fight Mosley chased and pawed away at Mora, who eluded most of the blows but threw little back in return. Before the fight Mosley was more or less universally ranked at number three in the welterweight division, and although he and Mora fought at junior middleweight, this won’t have helped either his standing at 147lbs or strengthened his repeated challenges to the top names in the division.
Given the contrasting styles of the combatants, the fight was probably bound to be a ugly and scrappy affair from the start, but had Mosley finished Mora, he could have at least claimed that his lack of performance was down to a clash of styles and nothing else.
Most watching felt Mosley should have won the fight by at least a couple of rounds, although there were never really many truly defining moments that swung it for him. It was often more that he seemed to be actually attempting to do things while Mora seemed eager to avoid him altogether than won him several of the early rounds. Towards the end of the fight Mosley looked too tired to continue chasing Mora around the ring and sat back a little more, which in the end prompted Mora to take more chances and engage more as the rounds wore on.
So where does a draw leave Mosley and Mora?
Basically the draw leaves Sergio Mora right where he was before. He isn’t quite good enough to take on the very best fighters in the division and probably never will be, but this is the impression most had of him before the fight anyway. His real downfall is the fact that he isn’t particularly exciting or easy to fight against, which might otherwise prompt some of the bigger names to look him up more often.
Shane Mosley on the other hand now faces the unenviable task of trying to look good in his next fight in order to secure a big money fight after that. If Mosley has to continue to fight for financial reasons relating to his recent divorce, then he ideally wants to take on the biggest names in the division and bring in the big checks that go with that.
The draw with Mora though, along with the fact that he seemed to tire in the middle rounds, isn’t going to land him the fights he wants. What he needs now is basically a manageable opponent he can pick up an easy won over, the problem being that that’s what Mora was supposed to be. Presuming that Mosley isn’t going to listen to the increasing calls for him to retire then, he needs his next fight to be an impressive showing or risk being written off completely. And it isn’t completely clear he still has another great performance left in him.
Jay Benson, Pittsburgh: “Mosley needs to hang them up, he had no idea what to do when chasing Mora didn’t work”
Chris Frye, Philly: “I can’t believe Mosley has the nerve to call out Margo, Pac and Cotto after what he did on Saturday, any one of them would stop him now”