James Toney Calls Shane Mosley a Coward for the Way He Fought Pacquiao

Vitali SCorrespondent IMay 11, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, FL - JANUARY 06:  James 'Lights Out' Toney sits on his stool during his loss to  Samuel 'Nigerian Nightmare' Peter in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator fight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino January 6, 2007 in Hollywood, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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“Shane went out like a coward. He has nothing left. It was embarrassing,” James Toney (73-6-3) said in a recent interview.

There is little doubt that a lot of people share Toney’s opinion on the way Shane Mosley (46-7-1) showed up to his fight against Manny Pacquiao (53-3-0), but I am not one of those people.

I am well aware that after the knockdown Mosley went into a purely defensive mode, trying to survive until the end of the fight. When Mosley did decide to throw something at Pacquiao, it was instantly answered with a barrage of quick and powerful counter punches.

Instead of trying to risk it all, Mosley did the safe thing in recognizing that Pacquiao was simply too much for him at this time and age. Taking punishment knowing that you are unable to give any back is not an easy thing to agree to. Boxing has the potential to do anything to one’s body, and allowing that to happen without a good risk-benefit ratio is irrational.

On one hand, I do understand what champions are made of, and that those people are in their position for a reason, and that is to fight. On the other hand, if there is no fight on both ends, someone has to call slam on the brakes and defend. 

It irks me when someone like Toney calls a warrior such as Mosley a coward.

Toney used to be a tremendous and exciting fighter; he was the whole package back in the day. Lately, he is a failure to his own name as well as to his fans. His fights are boring, insignificant and generally a waste of time. Sure he knows how to self-promote, but without backing up his words, they slowly lose any ground and become an annoying background chatter.

Mosley, despite being of age, has been able to get top-notch fights. Toney, on the other hand, has been bottom-feeding for a long time, only hoping to catch a bigger fish. This goes to show that before the Pacquiao fight, most of the boxing community still had hope and respect for Mosley, and his will to fight.

Toney lost every single one of those fans who could give him the benefit of the doubt, and by talking trash about Mosley he is only showing himself in a more negative light.