By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Sugar Shane returns on May 18
Sugar Shane Mosley (46-8, 34 KOs) returns to the boxing ring on Saturday, May 18, to face welterweight contender Pablo Cesar Cano (25-2-1, 19 KOs). The welterweight fight will headline a FOX Deportes and Telvisa fight card from Mexico beginning at 9 PM/ET on FOX Deportes and 10:30 PM/CT ON Televisa in Mexico.
Mosley has proven to be one of the very best fighters in world since the mid-90s. Mosley was one of the most dominant lightweights having won the IBF 135-pound title from a very talented Phillip Holiday in August 1997. Mosley was the most lightweight in the world. Jessie James Leija, Demetrius Ceballos, John Brown, Golden Johnson, and John-John Molina were all good fighters, but couldn’t touch Shane.
Mosley won all eight of his title defenses by knockout before moving up two weight classes to defeat Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC welterweight championship (June 2000) in what was perhaps the most impressive victory in Mosley’s career. Mosley, the only fighter to have defeated De La Hoya twice, has two victories against Fernando Vargas. Mosley also shared the ring with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Winky Wright and the late Vernon Forrest.
As spectacular a Mosley has had, his struggles in recent years cannot be overlooked. Mosley has been reduced to a one-punch fighter. If Mosley doesn’t land that once big punch the way he did against Antonio Margarito to capture the WBA welterweight title, or the shot that silenced Ricardo Mayorga, Mosley will lose confidence be satisfied with going the full distance.
Against Manny Pacquiao, Mosley was knocked down early in the fight and was badly hurt. Mosley couldn’t time Pacquaio’s speed and movement, therefore, he was content throwing few punches and avoiding Pacquaio for twelve rounds.
Against Floyd Mayweather, Mosley badly stunned ‘Money’ with a booming right hand twice. Mosley desperately tried to finish Floyd with another shot, but ended-up running low on gas and allowed Mayweather back into the fight. Mosley didn’t push hard enough for the remainder of the bout, which became an easy 12-round unanimous decision for Mayweather.
Against Alvarez, Mosley, once recognized for his power-boxing style, threw pity-patty flurries against a bigger, more aggressive, and relentless Saul Alvarez. Mosley moved well and landed some good shots, but did the very best job in avoiding Alvarez for twelve rounds.
Coming off a one-year layoff following the Alvarez loss, Mosley will face a younger and determined foe in Cano. Cano is best-recognized for having been stopped in the eleventh round against Erik Morales in 2011 and dropping a disputed split-decision to WBA welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi last October at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Cano knocked Malignaggi down the eleventh round.
Can Cano topple a future Hall of Fame boxer in Mosley? We will soon discover the answer.