Mosley to return against Cano

"Sugar" Shane Mosley informed RingTV.com that he will be ending his retirement with a fight against Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano on May 18 in Cancun, Mexico.

Mosley (46-8-1, 39 knockouts) last fought in May 2012, a wide decision loss to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, a bout at 154 pounds. He'll be returning to welterweight for the fight against Cano (26-2-1, 20 knockouts), who last fought in Oct. 2012 in a controversial loss to Paulie Malignaggi. Cano dropped Malignaggi in Round 11, but ended up losing a split decision in Malignaggi's hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ironically, Mosley was set to fight Malignaggi in May before the fight fell apart.

Mosley is 41 while Cano is 23.en la Arena Oasis, informó el promotor José Gómez.

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Shane Mosley: Comeback am 18. Mai gegen Cano

Der ehemalige Weltmeister in drei Gewichtsklassen “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 K.o.’s) wird am 18. Mai nach einem Jahr Pause in den Ring zurückkehren. Im mexikanischen Cancun trifft der 41-jährige Amerikaner auf den ehemaligen WM-Herausforderer Pablo Cesar Cano (26-2-1, 20 K.o.’s).

Mosley hatte nach seiner klaren Niederlage im Mai 2012 gegen Saul Alvarez eigentlich seinen Rücktritt verkündet, der Golden Boy-Fighter wollte aber in diesem Frühjahr für einen WM-Kampf gegen Paulie Malignaggi zurückkommen. Da man sich aber nicht einigen konnte und Malignaggi nun gegen Adrien Broner kämpft, steigt Mosley nun gegen Malignaggis letzten Gegner in den Ring, der im Oktober 2012 nur knapp gegen den WBA-Champion verlor.

Im Vorprogramm trifft der mexikanische Superfedergewichts-Puncher Sergio Thompson (30-2-0, 28 K.o.’s) auf den amerikanischen Veteranen Rocky Juarez (29-10-1, 21 K.o.’s).

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Shane Mosley vs. Pablo Cesar Cano on May 18th in Cancun, Mexico

By Allan Fox: 41-year-old Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) will be coming out of retirement in two months to face 23-year-old Pablo Cesar Cano (26-2-1, 20 KO’s) in a fight that will take place in Cancun, Mexico, according to RingTV. Mosley had recently been trying to land a fight against WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, but to no avail.

Malignaggi had second thoughts when it was clear the money wouldn’t be there for the fight.

Rather than give up, Mosley has decided to keep moving forward with his career, and he’s got a good starting point for his comeback in taking on Cano. In his last fight, Cano lost a controversial 12 round split decision to Malignaggi last year in October. If Mosley can beat Cano in a convincing fashion, he’ll show that he’s got what it takes to fight for a world title.

It’s going to take more than that, however, because Mosley will have to beat at least a two or three contenders in order to get ranked high enough for one of the welterweight champions to take a chance on him.

Mosley has lost three out of his last four fights, but his defeats have come against quality fighters in Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The loss to Canelo came last year in May when Mosley made the bad decision to move up to 154 to challenge Canelo for his WBC title. Mosley simply didn’t have the size to compete with Canelo and ended up taking a beating in losing by a 12 round unanimous decision.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Mosley has the work rate, size and compete against Cano, because this is a big welterweight, and he’s probably about the same size as Canelo. If Mosley can’t get out of the way of his big shots he’s going to be in for a long night on May 18th. To beat Cano, Mosley will have to to make sure he throws enough punches because he can’t freeze like he did in his losses to Mayweather and Pacquiao and expect to win.
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Shane Mosley Comeback Confirmed, Opponent Named

COMMENTARY | Tuesday it was revealed that the 41-year-old three-division former world champ, Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KOs), is still dead set on making a ring comeback and will begin that long road back on May 18 in Cancun, Mexico. Mosley's opponent for his first fight since May of last year will be 23-year-old Mexican, Pablo Cesar Cano (26-2-1, 20 KOs).

Cano, despite his young age and relatively low overall level of opposition, has already had two world title bouts in his six-year professional career. In this day and age, though, that doesn't mean all that much. The Mexican lost via RTD 10 in a 2011 bout against Erik Morales for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title. Then, in October of last year, Cano wound up losing a split decision to WBA welterweight titlist, Paulie Malignaggi despite dropping the defending champ in the eleventh round and taking the bout on many unofficial scorecards.

The native of Atizapan de Zaragoza, México is solid and durable, but has not proven himself to be a main stage fighter and has certainly not made a case for elite-level status. At this point of his career, Cano is purely a fringe contender with solid, but not spectacular all-around skills. And in the case of his May 18 bout with Mosley, he'll be playing the role of welterweight gatekeeper, separating the role players from the main stage performers in the division.

For those worried about the health and well-being of Shane Mosley, Cano represents the right kind of opponent. A stalker without a huge punch, Cano will be right in front of Mosley and, unless Mosley is even more shot than anyone imagined, won't likely cause much damage with anything he lands.

Ideally, Mosley-Cano wouldn't be happening. In a perfect world, Mosley would retire after nearly twenty years as a pro and a Hall of Fame set of credentials, content in the knowledge that he will be remembered as one of the best fighters of his era.

However, this isn't a perfect world and Mosley insists on continuing with a career that hasn't seen a victory since January of 2009. For those keeping track, the one-time pound-for-pound fighter is 0-3-1 in his last four fights and, probably, has not even won a single round since his draw with Sergio Mora in 2010.

Mosley's recent losses have come against pound-for-pound elite-level fighters Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather as well as rising superstar Saul Alvarez. Mosley and his team can justify a ring return by aiming for smaller, lesser prey and creating more honest expectations when it comes to what the fighter hopes to accomplish. There are plenty of aged former champs and paper titles to keep Mosley cup-deep in paychecks for the foreseeable future, even at forty-one years of age. Even a greatly diminished Mosley can score some wins against lesser opposition. But what happens when an elite-level fighter once again comes calling? That's when the real danger enters into this scenario. Mosley is too much of a competitor and, maybe, too in need of a paycheck, to turn down another shot at real glory. That's when an even older Mosley takes an even greater beating.

Mosley wanted to challenge light-hitting paper champion Paulie Malignaggi for the WBA welterweight title and that shows, at least, the understanding that his days as a real elite-level fighter are done. Unfortunately for Mosley, nobody, from the networks to the fans to Malignaggi, himself, wanted this bout to happen. It died a quick death, well before it had finished being killed by public scorn.

So, now it's Mosley-Cano on May 18 in a bout that most oppose based on principle alone. Shane Mosley is a shot fighter and should retire. Yes, but if he can pass a commission's physical exam and still attract a payday, there's nothing anyone can do to stop him from pushing forward. About the best we can hope for is that Mosley is capable of recognizing his own reality and decides to lean heavily on the art of creative matchmaking to keep himself safe.
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