Mosley wants Malignaggi, considering a comeback
By Allan Fox: 41-year-old former three division world champion Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) is considering coming out of retirement and is interested in a fight against WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi if he can get it, according to Fighthype.com.
Mosley retired from boxing last June. That came a money after he was soundly beaten by WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in May of this year in losing by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision. Mosley has lost three out of his last four fights and hasn’t won since beating Antonio Margarito by a 9th round stoppage in January 2009.
Malignaggi recently won the World Boxing Association 147 pound title with a 9th round stoppage victory over Vyacheslav Senchenko last April. Malignaggi has defended his title once, beating Pablo Cesar Cano by an unimpressive 12 round split decision last October. Malignaggi was knocked down in that fight and he took a lot of punishment from the 22-year-old Cano. Mosley likely saw that fight and figured that he can do a better job than Cano, and few fans would likely disagree with that.
Malignaggi was hoping to get a big money rematch against Ricky Hatton but that fight went up in smoke when Hatton was stopped in the 9th round by Senchenko last month. Hatton then retired once again. Malignaggi wants a big name and he’d likely say yes to a fight against Mosley, because it would give a name fighter that he could possibly beat. The Mosley that lost to Alvarez would beat Malignaggi. However, Mosley hasn’t fought since last summer and he could be rusty if Malignaggi fights him in early 2013. That’s a big if because it would have to be a non-title fight because Mosley isn’t ranked by any of the sanctioning bodies.
Malignaggi would have problems with Mosley’s combinations and he might lose if Mosley is able to fight with the aggression of his early youth.