Shane Mosley: Why He's All Done After Loss to Manny Pacquiao

Troy SparksColumnistMay 8, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Shane Mosley answers questions during the post-fight news conference after Manny Pacquiao defeated Mosley by unanimous decision in the WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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By Troy Sparks

Do you want to know why Shane Mosley is done after his loss to Manny Pacquiao?  So do I.

Here's the real reason that Mosley appears to be done:  He just doesn't have it anymore.

What I saw in his fight against Pacquiao was some holding, some head-butting and a cheap shove that the referee called a knockdown in the 10th round.  The old man ran out of gas.

I didn't understand the psychology that Mosley's trainer, Nazir Richardson, was trying to put into his head, saying, "You're not tired.  (Pacquiao's) tired."  Yeah, right.

All that holding and clutching by Mosley showed signs of an aging fighter.  I'm afraid there wasn't going to be a miracle knockout of Pacquiao from a senior citizen, although at age 45, George Foreman pulled it off on a younger Michael Moorer.

Based on Mosley's fights over the past year, he should have known that it was time to hang the gloves up.  He will be in the Boxing Hall of Fame one day.

The best thing for Mosley to do is become a promoter.  He'll still make his money; just not with Golden Boy. 

Mosley, who split from the organization to negotiate the fight with Pacquiao on his own, probably burned that bridge.

Right now, Mosley isn't sure what he wants to do.  At least he took the best shots from the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

It's official, Shane.  Take the money and leave the ring, never to return again and enjoy the spotlight while you still have all your brain parts attached.