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Almost 40 and facing Pacquiao, Shane Mosley faces scrutiny

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By Bob Velin, USA TODAY

He’s a few months shy of 40 and coming off a sluggish performance against an inferior opponent. He has two losses and a draw in his last five fights and finds himself constantly being questioned about losing much of the hand and foot speed that made him one of the great fighters of his generation.

So “Sugar” Shane Mosley must be ready for boxing’s scrap heap, forced to take cheap fights against rising stars just to provide a name for the promotion, right?


Mosley remains a major draw, getting the best fights and biggest paydays that can be made in the sport. He has fought two of boxing’s biggest draws in the last three years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto, losing unanimous decisions to both.

And despite a draw vs. Sergio Mora in his last fight, Mosley will again be on boxing’s main stage May 7 when he takes on global superstar Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight title fight (Showtime pay-per-view, 9 p.m. ET) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) is getting maximum exposure as Pacquiao’s handpicked opponent. He is part of …

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