Mosley in 2009
|Real name||Shane Norman Mosley|
|Nickname(s)||Sugar Shane The Mane|
|Height||5 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1.74 m)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
September 7, 1971 |
Pomona, California, USA
|Wins by KO||39|
Shane Andre Mosley (born September 7, 1971) is an American professional boxer from Pomona, California. Mosley has held world titles in three weight divisions, having held the IBF Lightweight Championship, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight Championships and WBC, WBA (Super) & The Ring Light Middleweight Championships.
Amateur career 
Mosley was an amateur standout, capturing various amateur titles, including:
- 1989 United States Amateur Champion at Lightweight 132 lb (60 kg)
- 1989 World Junior Championships Silver Medalist in San Juan, Puerto Rico 132 lb (60 kg)
- 1990 United States Amateur Champion at Lightweight 132 lb (60 kg)
- 1990 Goodwill Games Bronze Medalist in Seattle (USA) 132 lb (60 kg)
- 1992 United States Amateur Champion at Light Welterweight 139 lb (63 kg)
He also had an official amateur record of 230-12 (unofficially 250-16).
Professional career 
Mosley vs. De La Hoya I 
On June 17, 2000, Mosley met De La Hoya in Los Angeles for the WBC Welterweight title. After twelve rounds, Mosley emerged with a split decision victory. During the fight, neither man was in danger of going down, but both had badly swollen faces at the end and De La Hoya was bleeding from the nose for several rounds. Mosley earned a minimum of $15 million, while De La Hoya was guaranteed $35 million. It was later that Mosley was accused of using illegal performance enhancing drugs prior to his 2003 bout with Oscar De La Hoya.
Mosley vs. Vernon Forrest I & II 
He ran a successful string of defenses of his Welterweight titles but against three unheralded fighters. When he finally did step up his competition, it was against former Olympian Vernon Forrest. Early in the second round, the fighters clashed heads and both staggered backward as referee Steve Smoger called time. Mosley sustained a cut on the hairline. When action resumed, Forrest knocked Mosley down twice in the round. It was the first occasion Mosley had ever been knocked down once (let alone twice) in a bout. The final scorecards read 115–110, 117–108 and 118–108, in favor of Forrest.
They had a rematch six months later at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indiana and Mosley once again lost by a unanimous decision in a very closely contested bout that saw Mosley land far more power shots and Forrest land far more insignificant shots as well as an even level of aggression between the two competitors, however Forrest was utilizing far more effective ring general-ship (in comparison to Mosley) which would ultimately prove to be the difference in terms of the outcome being scored.
Bouncing back after Forrest 
On February 8, 2003, Mosley's bout with former IBF Light Middleweight title holder Raúl Márquez ended in a no contest when Mosley accidentally head butted Marquez twice in round three, which caused two very bad cuts above the eyes of Marquez.
Mosley vs. De La Hoya II 
Mosley and De La Hoya faced each other for the second time on September 13, this time with De La Hoya's The Ring, WBC and WBA Light Middleweight Championships on the line. Mosley defeated De La Hoya by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision and joined the exclusive group of world boxing champions that have reigned in three or more divisions. Many fans had Oscar easily beating Mosley in this rematch but judges scored it differently regardless of De La Hoya landing over 100 more punches. Mosley testified in 2003 that he injected himself with the notorious doping agent EPO as he prepared for his Light Middleweight title fight against Oscar De La Hoya, according to grand jury transcripts and doping calendars.
Mosley vs. Wright I & II 
On March 13, 2004, Mosley lost his The Ring, WBC & WBA Light Middleweight titles in a unification bout with IBF Champion Winky Wright by a unanimous twelve-round decision.
On November 20, Mosley and Wright fought their rematch, and although it was scored much closer by the three judges (115–113 twice for Wright and a 114–114 tie), Mosley lost by a clear twelve-round majority decision.
Mosley vs. Vargas I & II 
On September 17, he beat another previously undefeated fighter, Jose Luis Cruz, by a ten-round decision.
Mosley then defeated Fernando Vargas on February 25, 2006 by TKO in the tenth round at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, due to a massive swelling which closed Fernando's left eye. At the time of the stoppage, Mosley was winning on two scorecards 86–85, while Vargas held an 86–85 advantage on the other scorecard. A rematch was announced almost immediately.
Mosley defeated Fernando Vargas in the rematch on July 15, 2006. Mosley dominated Vargas from start to finish, eventually ending the fight via a sixth-round TKO.
Mosley vs. Cotto 
Mosley and undefeated WBA Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto met on Nov. 10, 2007, at Madison Square Garden in a fight broadcasted on HBO Pay-Per-View. Cotto beat Mosley in a close fight. Soon after that match, Mosley was scheduled to face Zab Judah in a welterweight bout in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 31. Due to an arm injury suffered by Judah, the fight was cancelled.
Mosley vs. Mayorga 
On July 18, 2008, it was reported on ESPN.com's quick hits that the fight between Mayorga and Mosley was moved to the Home Depot Center in Carson, California and set for September 27 because of the Pavlik-Hopkins fight agreement for October 18 on HBO PPV. And the good news for fight fans was that the Mayorga-Mosley bout was not to be on HBO PPV, instead it was shown on HBO at no cost.
Shane Mosley stopped Ricardo Mayorga with one second left in the 12th round of their light middleweight bout, Mosley led by one point on judge Nelson Vasquez's scorecard and five on Tony Crebs' entering the 12th round. Mayorga had a one point lead on judge Pat Russell's card. The Associated Press had "Sugar" Shane Mosley ahead by three points entering the 12th.
Mosley vs. Margarito 
Prior to one of the biggest fights of his career, Mosley began training with Naazim Richardson. Mosley regained the WBA Welterweight Championship from Antonio Margarito on January 24, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mosley, now 37 years old, came into the fight as a 4–1 underdog with the bookies after Margarito had spectacularly stopped Cotto 6 months earlier. Prior to the bout, nobody gave Mosley a chance of prevailing, with everybody believing that Margarito was too strong and that Mosley was too old. The conventional wisdom was that this was a mismatch, which would end in a brutal retirement-forcing stoppage for "Sugar" Shane. A comparison of their last fights; the aforementioned destruction of Cotto by Margarito and a last-gasp knockout by Mosley in a hard twelve round struggle against Mayorga did not bode well for Mosley. Some predicted a massacre. And it was – only it was Margarito that was ruthlessly clubbed about the ring, unable to land any meaningful shots.
Mosley eventually TKO'd Margarito in the ninth round, after appearing to win every round up until then, in a massive upset. Sugar Shane utterly dominated Margarito, using his superior hand speed, pinpoint accuracy, consistent body punching, countless huge right hands to the jaw and tying up whenever Margarito backed him into the ropes, to wear Margarito down and stop him—something that many seasoned boxing observers thought was nigh-on impossible. After knocking him down with a series of heavy overhand rights at the end of the eighth round, Margarito was unable to avoid punches during a heavy barrage from Mosley early on in the ninth, forcing the referee to step in as Margarito slumped to the canvas a second time. Margarito had never previously been stopped. It was a sensational win for Sugar Shane and propelled him back to the top of the tree in the welterweight division.
The fight was marred in a controversy after Mosley's trainer diligently spotted a gauze knuckle pad accessory in Margarito's hand wraps, illegal because it had been previously used, which had to be redone three times before the commission's officials were satisfied.
The fight was for Margarito's WBA title and the vacant Lineal Welterweight Championships of Lineal Champs and Cyber Boxing Zone (CBZ). The Ring did not recognize this bout for its vacant Welterweight Championship despite the fact, it pitted The Ring #1 ranked welterweight, Antonio Margarito vs. The Ring #3 ranked welterweight, Shane Mosley. Coming in the bout, Margarito had just TKO'd the previous The Ring #1 ranked welterweight and current The Ring #2 ranked welterweight, Miguel Cotto. After the fight, Mosley would be The Ring #1 ranked welterweight and seen by experts and fans alike, the true champion of the division.
Mosley vs. Mayweather 
On May 1, 2010, Mosley fought undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. Boxing purists had called for the fight for over ten years. Mosley's WBA title was not on the line because Mayweather refused to pay WBA sanctioning fees. On the fight night, Mosley stunned Mayweather with two right-hand shots in the second round. Mayweather recovered well and dominated the remainder of the fight with superior reflexes and his effective counter-punching style, eventually winning a wide decision on the scorecards to hand Mosley the sixth defeat of his professional career.
On May 22, 2010, Shane Mosley was stripped of his WBA (Super) Welterweight title, due to not making a mandatory defense, which in turn made WBA Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko the sole WBA titlist in the welterweight division.
Mosley vs. Mora 
Mosley fought Sergio Mora on September 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The bout ended up being a highly-disputed split draw, where many people thought that Mosley narrowly won the closely contested bout (boxing analyst website Boxrec had it 114-112 for Mosley). The judges scored the bout: Mora 115–113, Mosley 116–112 and 114–114. On whether he would like to have a rematch with Mora or whether he will move on and put it behind him:
“Actually, there’s no need for a rematch. It was a fight. I took it. It wasn’t crowd pleasing and I don’t want to be in a fight like that again. That’s the type of fight that I don’t want to be in. There are a lot of great fights out there. There’s Cotto. You know all these mover type of guys, I’m not sure whether I should stay away from them if I could. You know the guys who like to move around a lot and try to outbox you, and it’s good to box but I want to be in a fight where I’m in a real fight, like the Miguel Cottos, the Pacquiaos, and the Margaritos. Sergio Martinez, he’s a mover. He likes to box so it could be an ugly fight. He’s a real mover and he’s a big mover. So these moving types of fighters, I don’t know that that’s well suited for me. I don’t like to put that on the fans with those types of fights. So we’ll see what happens.”
Mosley vs. Pacquiao 
On May 7, 2011, Mosley lost the fight to Manny Pacquiao for the WBO Welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mosley was knocked down in round 3. Due to Mosley's defeat, Pacquiao looked at a November 12, 2011 match-up, a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, which he won via a controversial decision, where many analysts saw Marquez as the winner.
Mosley vs. Alvarez 
Mosley agreed to terms for the return to the MGM on May 5, 2012, against WBC 154-pound belt holder Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez, a young Mexican rising star. Alvarez defeated Mosley after 12 rounds via unanimous decision.
On June 4, 2012, Shane Mosley officially announced his retirement from boxing. Mosley said he will try to help his oldest son become a great boxer and try to start promoting fights. He finished his boxing career with 46 victories, 8 defeats and 1 draw. He knocked out 39 of his opponents and won world boxing titles in the IBF, WBC and WBA.
Mosley vs. Cano 
Mosley announced he was coming out of retirement to fight Pablo Cesar Cano in Mexico. Mosley won the fight via unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 115-113. Cano was able to control the first few rounds but Mosely was able to control the latter rounds. 
Professional boxing record 
Titles in boxing 
Major World Titles:
- IBF Lightweight Champion (135 lbs)
- WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBC Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- WBA (Super) Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- Interim WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
Minor World Titles:
Personal life 
His ex-wife, Jin Mosley, is a Korean American who was born and raised in New York. Therefore, he would always attach the Taegukgi, which is the flag of South Korea to his trunks when he fought. They have three children together, Najee Mosley, Taiseki Mosley and Me-yon Mosley. Shane also has one other child, Shane Jr., who is following in his father's footsteps and training to be a boxer as well. It was announced on HBO, minutes before his fight with Margarito, that he and Jin had separated. Later, it was revealed that she had filed for divorce. Shane Mosley also has a step son, Norman, who is known by his friends and teachers as "Stormin Norman."
Business Ventures 
Shane has teamed up with Jojo Ryder as his business partner.
See also 
- List of boxing triple champions
- Ring Magazine pound for pound
- List of sportspeople sanctioned for doping offences
- "Mosley accused of doping". Sports Illustrated. September 28, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "Mosley testifies he injected himself with EPO". International Herald Tribune / New York Times. December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
- "Margarito-Mosley: The $25 world title fight – Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 | 2 a.m.". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
- Christ, Scott (January 25, 2009). "Wrap controversy casts cloud over Margarito's reputation". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
- Satterfield, Lam (June 30, 2010). "Mosley-Mora Finalized For September 18 at Staples Center". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
- "Fighthype \\ Fighthype". Fighthype.com. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "The Fabulous Forum". Los Angeles Times. September 18, 2010.
- "Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez Trilogy Planned for November. Shane had reported after the fight that he had injured his Achillies tendon before the fight.". Bleacher Report. February 13, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "Shane Mosley". Boxrec.com. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- Shane Mosley Official page – biography
- "'Sugar' Shane Mosley KOs Dogfighting". Secure.peta.org. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "'Save the Seals' Celebrity Ad Series". PETA.org. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- Sugar Shane Mosley Official Site
- Shane Mosley Fight-by-Fight Career Record
- Professional boxing record for Shane Mosley from BoxRec
- Bio – file interview w/ Sugar Shane Mosley
|IBF Lightweight Champion
August 2, 1997 – April 17, 1999
Title next held byPaul Spadafora
Oscar De La Hoya
|WBC Welterweight Champion
June 17, 2000 – January 26, 2002
Title next held byFélix Trinidad
|Lineal Welterweight Champion
June 17, 2000 – January 26, 2002
Oscar De La Hoya
|The Ring Light Middleweight Champion
September 13, 2003 – March 13, 2004
|WBA Light Middleweight Champion
September 13, 2003 – March 13, 2004
|WBC Light Middleweight Champion
September 13, 2003 – March 13, 2004
|New title||WBC Welterweight Champion
February 10, 2007 – October 1, 2007
Title next held byRobert Guerrero
|WBA Welterweight Champion
January 24, 2009 – May 21, 2010
|BWAA Fighter of the Year