Mark E. Ortega

Mosley not sold on Mundine fight

Yesterday, Saul Alvarez held his media day in Big Bear, Calif., in anticipation of his September showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The workout took place at the home of three-division champion Sugar Shane Mosley, a former adversary to both fighters.

Prior to Alvarez’s arrival, Mosley spoke to a handful of media about a number of topics, including his projected October fight against former 168-pounds beltholder Anthony Mundine, which seems to be in heavy doubt.

“I’m supposed to fight Anthony Mundine, but they’re having problems sending the money to escrow, so the fight might not happen,” said Mosley.

“I really don’t want to fight at 154 anyway, so the next fight could e at 147,” continued Mosley. “The problem now is the money, and the money they put in there. If they can’t put a measly $300,000 into the account, then how are we going to fight for the money they are talking about?”

Mosley is coming off a competitive decision win over Pablo Cesar Cano, a fighter nearly 20 years his junior. That fight took place at 147 pounds, where Mosley would like to campaign. Mosley made it clear the Mundine fight would be a one-off at 154 pounds – if the fight does indeed come off.

“That’s it; it’s the right opponent,” said Mosley. “I believe I can beat Antony Mundine, I believe I can knock him out. His chin is not that good. I’m gonna go to 154, pick up the money, come on back and fight at 147, anyone at 147.”

Though he is about to be 43 years old, Mosley has grand aspirations. He thinks he can conquer the welterweight division and has no signs of slowing down.

His quest is a bit similar to that of Evander Holyfield during the last decade of his career. Holyfield wanted to become undisputed heavyweight champion once more in his 40s despite all signs pointing to him being on the downside of his career.

Though Mosley hasn’t lost to anyone the level of Larry Donald like Holyfield did, there is a lot of concern for Mosley. He beat Cano in a tough fight, proving he had something left in the tank, but it wasn’t an easy fight.

“I’m looking to win the 147 pound championship,” Mosley would say. “I want to be the welterweight champion and fight everyone there. Not just win it, but fight everyone in the division.”

Hopefully, Mosley will have an easier time facing reality than Holyfield has if things don’t work out. Holyfield, now 50, has not formally retired. He came close to winning a version of the title in 2007 when he was badly robbed against Nikolay Valuev and hasn’t sniffed a title shot since. If Mosley faces similar difficulty, let’s hope it isn’t as difficult to hang them up.

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