Mosley vs Alvarez: Sugar Shane Shouldn't End Career on Such a Sour Note

David DanielsSenior Writer IMay 6, 2012

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30:  'Sugar' Shane Mosely attends the WBA Supermiddleweight Title bout between Anthony Mundine and Crazy Kim at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on July 30, 2008 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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Saul Alvarez extended Shane Mosley’s career.

Many are advising Mosley to hang up the gloves after suffering a beat down at the hands of Alvarez on Saturday night. But for a fighter with such a storied career, Sugar Shane can’t call it quits.

Mosley strung together 38 straight wins to begin his professional career before he ran into Vernon Forrest in 2002. Since Forrest slaughtered his undefeated streak, Mosley’s record has failed to impress. He’s just 8-8 in his last 18 fights which includes a no contest and a draw.

Mosley’s post-perfection performances are even less impressive if you zero in on his latest bouts. In his last four matches, he hasn’t won a single showdown. Granted, three of those losses during that time period came against Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and Alvarez who’s nearly 19 years younger than Mosley.

To end his career on a high note, Mosley must set up a fight with a boxer that he’s capable of defeating—not with another powerhouse. But setting up a fight will be easier said than done.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Bryan Armrn Graham, when asked if Mosley should retire, Oscar De La Hoya hesitantly responded, “It’s up to him.”

But Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer didn’t exactly leave the decision in Mosley’s hands saying of the fighter’s contract: "It's a one-shot deal. I don't know what he's going to do."

Despite that doubt, it shouldn’t be difficult to promote a fight headlined as Sugar Shane Mosley’s last hurrah. 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.