Schaefer: If Mosley doesn’t produce against Malignaggi, I won’t promote another fight for him
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer will be setting 41-year-old former three division world champion Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) with an arguably much undeserved title shot against WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) on April 27 despite the fact that Mosley isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies, hasn’t won a fight in four years and has lost three out of his last four fights.
Schaefer still feels okay with matching Mosley with Malignaggi and having Mosley leap from over all of the top 15 contenders in the World Boxing Association rankings so that he can get a title shot against Malignaggi. Schafer says that if Mosley doesn’t produce he won’t promote another one of his fights again.
Speaking with maxboxing.com, Schaefer said “If he [Mosley] doesn’t win that fight, I you my word…that I will not be promoting another Shane Mosley fight.”
I guess that’s easy to say because if Mosley can’t even beat Malignaggi then what can Schaefer do with Mosley? He hasn’t won a fight since January 2009, and he’s taken some bad beatings in losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao and especially against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. I’m surprised that Schaefer is even giving Mosley a title shot because how can you do that? How does the WBA let that happen? It’s not fair to the contenders who are ranked in the top 15 by the WBA to be passed over like that by a guy that hasn’t won a fight in four years. It’s pretty sad.
It’s really not surprising that Schaefer is matching Mosley with Malignaggi, because look what he’s doing with Zab Judah being matched against WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia. Judah isn’t ranked in the top 15 by the WBC, yet he’s getting a title shot rather than Lucas Matthysse.
Look all the soft match-making Golden Boy has done for WBC light middleweight champion Saul Alvarez with him having faced only 1 junior middleweight in the two years he’s been champion. He’s faced welterweights Kermit Cintron, Alfonso Gomez, Matthew Hatton, Shane Mosley and light welterweight Josesito Lopez. The only light middleweight Alvarez has faced in his two years as WBC 154 pound champion is Ryan Rhodes, an aging British fighter past his prime.
It looks like Schaefer is really counting on Mosley beating Malignaggi, because otherwise why would he make a comment like he did about not promoting him anymore unless he wins. I guess Schaefer can make more money with Mosley as the WBA champion than he can with Malignaggi.