'Canelo' and Khan Are Wasting Time with Possible Sugar Shane Mosely Bouts

Mick AkersAnalyst IJanuary 30, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Shane Mosley (R) talks to his trainer Naazim Richardson between roundsduring the WBO welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title with a unanimous-decision victory.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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With ESPN reporting that aging welterweight boxer "Sugar" Shane Mosley has been contacted about possibly fighting Amir Khan or Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, I'm left wondering what the two fighters would gain from taking a bout with Mosley at this stage in his career.

Over Mosley's (46-7-1-1, 39 KOs) last three fights he went 0-2-1, and has looked a shade of the former fighter that was considered a top pound-for-pound fighter for a good part of the 2000's.

If any of the two fighters were to take on Mosley, Sugar would definitely benefit form the fight way more than either Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) or Canelo (39-0-1, 29 KOs).

Mosley would land quite a healthy payday fighting either Canelo or Khan, giving him one last big check before an inevitable loss that would all but end his boxing career.

Canelo and Khan would be better off taking on other top fighters within their respective divisions, or getting a catch weight fight with either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, if they could negotiate a bout with one of the top two fighters in the sport today.

Canelo could look to Miguel Cotto or Sergei Dzinziruk for a formidable next foe, and Khan could look to fight Timothy Bradley if a rematch with Lamont Peterson can't come to fruition.

Anyway you cut it Mosley would leave Canelo and Khan on the short end of the stick when it comes to benefiting from a possible fight, and would basically just be one last horrah for Mosley before falling back into the promotion side of the sport he once dominated.