Shane Mosley: What's Next for the Aging Fighter After Loss to Manny Pacquiao?

Jess Matthew BeltranCorrespondent IIMay 8, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Shane Mosley enters the ring to take on Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in the WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Shane Mosley was dazed and confused in the third round when he was hit by a left straight by Manny Pacquiao. Mosley’s legs wobbled as he fell to the canvass. He was able to get up for the mandatory eight-count, as he shook his head in disbelief…

It was a great and solid punch and for a moment, he saw it coming, but he had done nothing to stop it. His reflexes seem to be out of tune nowadays. His punch still has the pop, but it was nowhere effective like it was two years ago when he fought Antonio Margarito.

He never thought this would come—the twilight of his Hall of Fame career. He still believed he still has fuel left in the tank. He could still go on, even if he is turning 40 years old four months from now. For years, he tried to defy logic by dominating young and hungry fighters.

Two years ago, he dominated Margarito in a fight everybody thought was a mismatched. Shane put on a masterful performance, putting the sturdy Mexican in a defensive mode. It was always one of his memorable experiences in the later part of his career. And it’s the one fight that keeps him moving on, looking for bigger oppositions and exciting competitions.

He fought Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to a unanimous decision loss, but Shane also had his moments there, when he almost knocked Mayweather out in the third round. The Sergio Mora fight ended with a lackluster split draw, but Shane was never dominated nor in trouble in that fight.

It was in the third round of the Manny Pacquiao fight that Shane had his realization.

For years, he had cheated father time and now time is catching up. He was never been dominated like that for years.

He was always the type of fighter that knows to adjust in the middle of the game. However, Pacquiao was a riddle that’s becoming hard to solve each round. He simply doesn’t have a solution to Manny’s onslaught.

Shane is still lucky to fight two pound-per-pound fighters in our era (Mayweather and Pacquiao). He could take pride in standing up to both of them. But somehow, there is always a time for everything.

Like a sunset that welcomes the dark night or the dawn that embraces the sunrise, everything ends and starts, that’s just how it is. For Shane Mosley this might be the end of his wonderful career.

His realization started on the third round.

It wasn’t how we thought the fight would go on. But it was expected, Mosley came out standing up and still swinging.