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Q&A Mosley: 'I'm not washed up'
Shane Mosley on his victory over Pablo Cesar Cano: "This fight was to let them know that I'm still here. I'm not washed up. I'm not too old. I'm older, but I'm not too old. I'm still smart and I can still run down these young guys."
RingTV.com caught up to three-division titleholder Shane Mosley, of Pomona, Calif., who was on a beach in Cancun, Mexico, on Sunday, basking in the afterglow of the previous evening's unanimous decision victory over Mexico's Pablo Cesar Cano.
Mosley (47-8-1, 39 knockouts) outpointed Cano (26-3-1, 20 KOs) by unanimous scores of 115-113 in his first action since last May, when he lost a unanimous decision to Saul Alvarez in a junior middleweigfht title bout.
Against Cano, Mosley returned to the 147-pound division for the first time since losing to Manny Pacquiao in May of 2011. A future Hall of Famer, Mosley hopes to return to the ring prior to his 42nd birthday, which is on Sept. 7.
Known for amassing a record of 21 straight wins over Mexican rivals before losing the last bout to a then-21-year-old Alvarez, Mosley's legacy is one of a man who has taken on all challenges and rarely being involved in a boring fight.
Among Mosley's career-highs are a pair of victories over Oscar De La Hoya, two consecutive knockouts over Fernando Vargas, and stoppage wins over Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga. Mosley also has triumphed over world titleholders Jesse James Leija, John John Molina, Phillip Holiday and Luis Collazo, knocking out Leija and Molina in lightweight title bouts.
Mosley's losses include two-each to Winky Wright and the late Vernon Forrest, as well as to Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto. The second win over De La Hoya was at junior middleweight, as were the losses to to Wright and the draw with former titleholder, Sergio Mora.
Prior to facing Cano, Mosley had considered a return in April against WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi before talks for their bout fell through. In his previous fight, Cano lost a split-decision to Malignaggi last October.
Heading into his fight with Cano, Mosley was 0-3-1 since defeating Margarito.
RingTV.com: Where are you right now?
But I'm getting ready to fly back right now. I'm packing up after a really good weekend. I'm at my beach house as we speak and I'm watching the waves come in.
I think there are some things that I can do better and I'm going to work on those things. Being on my toes a little bit more. Not necessarily running away from the guy, but being able to move more about. I want to be a little less flat-footed. Because when you're flat-footed, you get hit (with) some punches. I got hit more and I think that was because I was a little more flat-footed than I should have been. I learned some things in the fight that I used to do that I could have done a lot more of.
RTV: What do you need to emulate from this training session leading up to this fight so that you can have similar confidence heading into your next one?
But we didn't want to overdo it for this fight. Now, we'll go back to the drawing board. We'll go back into training and go back to working the speed bag.
We'll work on the things that I need to do to get back to the level where I need to be at; to get back to where I can be dominant in there with anybody.
I had those sparring partners who could take my power and I would have to just keep punching and punching. I would punch back with them and nothing would happen.
So when I fought, I would just let my hands go and I wasn't just expecting to knock them out because of my sparring.
So I have to get back to the point where I'm just letting my hands go instead of looking to throw that one right punch to knock them out.
I think that I can out-last them still. I'm not 43 years old. I'm 41. I have more energy at the end of the fight. It's not like, "Oh, I'm 43, or I'm 44, or I'm 45." It's not an thing for me anymore.
Age right now, that's just a number. It's more about how I feel and what I want to do. I want to be in the ring before my 47th birthday. If Bernard did it, I can do it too.
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