Can Shane Mosley Get a Lapdance Over Here or What?

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↵Man, ↵Sugar Shane must not be feeling so sweet right about now. The man is ↵the former pound-for-pound king of the sport, coming off one of the ↵most dominant performances of his career, and is considered by many to ↵be the genuine reigning welterweight champion, currently ranked #1 in ↵The Ring ratings at 147.
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↵And nobody wants to fight him.
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↵Well, ↵that's not exactly true. Josh Clottey wants to fight him. But, well, ↵nobody's exactly knocking down doors to fight Josh Clottey either.
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↵So ↵let's put it this way: Nobody that Mosley wants to fight wants to fight ↵Mosley. Granted that is an elite list of fighters. Mosley wanted a ↵mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao, and said he was willing to cut down to ↵140 to do it. Pacquiao opted for Cotto. Mosley has long been in pursuit ↵of a rematch with Cotto (Cotto beat him by a narrow split decision in ↵November of 2007) but, of course, Pacquiao chose Cotto.
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↵Then ↵there is the one and only Mr. Money May, with whom Mosley has been ↵trading barbs for going on about ten years now. Although each man is ↵pretty adamant that over that time they were ducked by the other, in ↵this case it decidedly seems that it's Floyd who is not interested in ↵punching Shane's dance card, opting instead for a much safer bout with ↵the much smaller Juan Manuel Marquez that has less chance of ↵jeopardizing a potentially gigundous Pac/Money 2010 cheddar fiesta.
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↵But ↵all right. Shane's a little long in the tooth, and he's never exactly ↵been an arena-filler (I was at that big Mosley/Margarito sell-out at ↵the Staples Center in January, and let me tell you something – I may ↵have been the only non-Mexican in the joint – to understate the case ↵considerably, it was not a pro-Mosley crowd). Though it's no doubt ↵frustrating for the man, it's not hard to understand from a fan's ↵perspective why the likes of Pac, Cotto and Mayweather are going in ↵different directions than a walk down Sugar Lane.
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↵Zab Judah, ↵however? Et tu… Zab? I mean, this is getting ridiculous. Zab is a ↵flipping trial horse at this point, floating on his fame as a ↵what-might-have-been weirdo who's fought (and mostly lost to) the best ↵of his generation. And rumor has it that Zab is passing on an ↵opportunity to fight Mosley in December, reportedly because he's ↵unhappy with Golden Boy's offer of half a mill for the fight (and by ↵the way, Boxing News 24 ↵is reporting that Zab is back on the Mayweather/Marquez undercard ↵against Antonio Diaz… I'll believe that when I actually see him in the ↵ring).
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↵So, wherefore you, Sugar? Andre Berto? Doesn't want the ↵fight yet – his promoter, Dan Goossen wants to build it a little (not ↵to mention that Berto evidently doesn't want to cut weight during the holidays… ↵I wonder if he'll have the same problems around Easter… and the 4th of ↵July… and Arbor Day…). Paul Williams? Dah… no thanks. Mosley's bold, ↵but not that bold.
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↵What it all seems to boil down to is that ↵there's nobody really, nobody that HBO will sanction anyway. Nobody ↵except for good ole Josh Clottey, which is… man, what a pill to swallow ↵for Mosley. Clottey is a damn good fighter with no Q rating whatsoever ↵who's just coming off a loss. The fight does absolutely nothing for him ↵except (I believe this is the case) get a mandatory out of the way as ↵far as his WBA belt goes.
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↵But just as he was for Cotto, ↵Clottey is likely to prove a very tough out for Mosley. It's easy to ↵imagine a scenario in which Clottey wins that fight, and all of these ↵other massive paydays that Shane is fantasizing about will go right out ↵the window.
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↵On the other hand, I wonder if he wouldn't be better ↵off. Because if he beats Clottey, something tells me the same nobodies ↵will be lining up to fight him next year as there are right now. I ↵don't see Pacquiao or Mayweather ever fighting Shane, at this point. ↵Why would they? And Cotto? If Cotto beats Pac, no way. And if he loses, ↵is Mosley still dying for a Cotto rematch? Somehow I doubt it.
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↵The ↵only real, definitive fight waiting for Shane is Berto, whenever Berto ↵is ready for it (which could be "never" in my estimation). So here's ↵what Mosley has to look forward to in the next eight months or so – a ↵fight with Josh Clottey and then maybe… maybe… a welterweight unification bout with Berto. I ask you… is it really worth it? Does he need the money that bad?↵

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