Shane Mosley Should Retire, Not Fight Sergio Mora

Tony BriscoeCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2010

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. in action against Shane Mosley during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. defeated Mosley by unanimous decison.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer announced that three-time world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) will face off with junior middleweight title holder Sergio Mora on September 18, according to ESPN.

Mosley, 38, is just coming off an embarrassing loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and now he is looking to redeem himself against a no-name boxer.

Don’t get me wrong, Sergio Mora (22-1-1, 6 KOs) is a respectable boxer. But if you are near the end of your career and your last fight was against arguably the best boxer of all time, then you can do better than that.

That’s like taking the Jessica Alba to homecoming, then courting your ugly cousin to prom.

Mosley could do way better.

After all, he did have a chance to fight Andre Berto even after the loss to Mayweather. Mosley was originally supposed to fight Berto in January until the devastating earthquake ravaged Haiti, where Berto has family and friends.

Berto is an undefeated fighter that continually dominates the competition night in and night out. In addition, he also holds the WBC welterweight belt in case Mosely wants to add another to his collection.

If Mosley doesn’t want to fight Berto because he lacks the inspiration to make welterweight, that still doesn’t offer a reasonable excuse as to why he has to lower his standards.

There are plenty of great fighters in the junior middleweight division at the moment: Kermit Cintron, Yuri Foreman, and Sergei Dzinziruk.

There are also a sufficient number of boxers who would be willing to move up or down in weight just to fight Mosley. Two fighters in particular who would pose a good matchup against Mosley are Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez.

Nevertheless, these propositions mean nothing now, as Mosley and Golden Boy Promotions have already made the fight against Mora official.

Personally, I thought Mosley was a better boxer than to take the easy way out. If you have no intentions of taking on first-class boxers and you have the opportunity to do so, you are over the hill.

Another victory in the win column means nothing if you are not hungry enough to take on quality competition.

So, if that’s the case for Mosley, he might as well retire, because what is he really going to prove against Mora?