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WBC to have tribute for Mosley when he faces Cano on May 18th

Shane MosleyBy Chris Williams: The World Boxing Council will do a tribute for 41-year-old Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) to honor his 20-year pro career when he steps inside the ring on May 18th to face Pablo Cesar Cano (26-2-1, 20 KO’s) in Mexico in a non-title fight.

WBC president Jose Sulaiman said to the “We see this fight as the fight of his retirement, he was an outstanding fighter and a great champion of the Council.”

This is interesting because Mosley is actually coming out of retirement rather than going into retirement, so it’s hard to understand the timing for this retirement ceremony that Sulaiman is putting on.

It seems like the time to do a retirement ceremony for Mosley would have been after he was beaten by WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last year in May, because that’s when Mosley did retire. But he’s now back from retirement and looking to get a big money fight. He almost had a decent payday fight against WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, but then Malignaggi had second thoughts when the money wasn’t there.

Mosley hasn’t won a fight in four years, and that was one of the criticisms that Malignaggi was getting in looking to defend his WBA title against someone like that. It’s not that Mosley is getting beaten by soft guys during the past four years because the guys that have beaten him – Floyd Mayweather Jr, Canelo, and Manny Pacquiao – have all been quality guys, but the fact is he’s lost all those fights and there’s a long period of time between wins for him.

Cano is a pretty tough guy, but he’s also pretty limited as we saw in him getting stopped by Erik Morales and out-boxed by Malignaggi. He’s really slow, and he doesn’t belong at 147 because he looks more like a junior middleweight now than a 147 pound fighter. I’d be really surprised if Cano is able to make the 147 lb. limit for this fight. I see him coming over three or four pounds, and the fight still taking place.

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