After 19 years, 56 professional fights, 10 championships and one of the most storied careers in the history of the sport, "Sugar" Shane Mosley has retired from boxing.
Mosley first hinted at retirement on Twitter early Monday, saying that he loved his journey over the last two decades:
Good Mourning everybody Just want to thank you for showing me so much love.Had a great career and loved every moment of it. win,lose or draw— Shane Mosley (@SugarShaneM) June 4, 2012
The news is not a huge surprise, considering Mosley is 0-3-1 in his last four fights— granted, two of those losses came to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao— is 40 years old and was just picked apart by Saul Alvarez in his most recent bout on the May 5 Mayweather-Miguel Cotto card.
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Mosley says he will not be leaving the sport of boxing completely now that he has retired:
I'm going to leave it alone. I'm good. I'm going into the promotional world, I'm training my son [21-year-old amateur Shane Mosley Jr.]. It was a helluva career. I'm happy for all the great memories and all the great fighters that I fought. Now it's time give back. I'm ready to train my son full-time now.
We all know that an overwhelming majority of boxing retirements don't last, but it would be a surprise to see Mosley in the ring again. He made plenty of money, especially in recent years, and has nothing left to prove.
Despite the recent losses, Mosley can hold his head high. He is one of the best fighters of this generation and a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Now he can help mentor the next era of great boxers, like his son.