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Shane Mosley Needs to Get Back In the Ring

By Jason Kim: WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KO’s) needs to make a decision about whom he wants to fight next and get back in the ring and start fighting. It’s been seven months since Mosley defeated Antonio Margarito by a 9th round stoppage to win his WBA title, yet he’s still has no fight picked out for his next fight after all this time.

Mosley turns 38 next month and needs to start moving forward with his career because he doesn’t have a lot of time left before he starts showing his age. Mosley wasted a lot of precious time recently pursuing Manny Pacquiao, as if the Filipino star would actually give him a fight.

It was pretty clear at once that Pacquiao had no interest in fighting Mosley, despite the fact that Mosley was willing to take much less of a pay cut than Pacquiao’s next opponent Miguel Cotto and was also willing to fight Pacquiao at a 140 pound catch weight, which would have made Pacquiao’s job much easier.

However, Pacquiao wasn’t interested in the fight, perhaps seeing how easily Mosley dispatched Margarito in January and deciding that it might not be a good thing to tangle with a still game fighter like Mosley rather than the shot fighters that Pacquiao had recently been beating. With that time pretty much a waste, Mosley now has to hurry up and fight another opponent to fight.

The word is he could be fighting WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto in a unification match next, but the problem with that fight is that it likely won’t take place until early 2010. That’s not good for a fighter Mosley’s age. He needs something now to keep busy and make some money. Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron would be the perfect opponent for Mosley to fight in the meantime.

Cintron is coming off one of his best wins of his career with a surprise 12 round decision upset over the previously unbeaten light welterweight contender Alfredo Angulo and is the hot fighter right now. Boxing fans have pretty much forgotten Cintron’s poor performance against Sergio Martinez in February in which Cintron appeared to be knocked out in the 9th round by a right hand from Martinez.

Cintron complained that the knockout was caused by a head butt, and the referee let him continue, even though replays showed that it was a hard right hand that knocked Cintron down, not a head butt. Cintron has since redeemed himself somewhat with his win over Angulo, so he’d be perfect for Mosley to fight right now. Cintron is a good fighter, but he’s probably not on the level of Mosley.

Cintron doesn’t have the size that bigger fighters like Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright do, both of whom beat Mosley in the past. Cintron is the type of fighter that Mosley could crowd and get in a lot of fast shots to take advantage of his slightly slower hand speed. The best part about it is that Cintron is reportedly interested in fighting Mosley, so it wouldn’t be a case where Mosley would have to waste time trying to convince Kermit to fight him like Mosley was unable to do with Pacquiao.

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