Shane Mosley needs to fight one more time before he finally considers retiring, as going out on a losing note via a defeat to Saul Alvarez is not the lasting impression he should leave for the boxing world.
It seems almost wrong, doesn't it?
Mosley has a career record of 46-8-1, has knocked out 39 of his opponents and he's held championship belts in the lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight divisions. He's one of the best in the sport and he's become a household name as far as boxing is concerned.
To be fair, it's not like he was knocked out by Alvarez—the fight went to a decision—but you never want to see a great like Mosley end his career on a losing note.
Mosley should now, finally, be headed towards retirement, and he said as much after the bout, telling Larry Merchant, "These kids are beating me up, huh?" and then going on to say that when a fight goes like that he should move into promoting. Yes, Sugar Shane Mosley, it's time to close the book on your professional boxing career, thanks for all the memories.
There's no shame in hanging the gloves up after a career as great as his, but I can imagine the competitor inside of Mosley wants to give it one more go.
He's competed against the biggest names in boxing and has always been competitive. Even though he lost to Alvarez, he still was able to go the distance against the 21-year-old rising star mind you.
At 40 years old, it's clear that he's not going to be able to compete with the likes of the much younger Alvarez or even the big names like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather anymore, but he's got to have one more fight left in him, right?
Just one more, to go out on a winning note.
Sports bring us a variety of things, but something we all love about sports are the storylines. There aren't many storylines more endearing than the old veteran riding off into the sunset with one final win under his belt.
Mosley needs to fight one more time and get that win.
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