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Boxer "Sugar" Shane Mosley won championships in three separate weight classes to forge a legacy as one of the sport's most accomplished performers.
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Mosely scored one final hurrah with a ninth-round technical knockout of Antonio Margarito to regain the WBA welterweight title on January 24, 2009, a fight better remembered for the controversy sparked when Margarito was caught with illegal hand wraps.
Mosely followed with uninspiring losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. After a May 5, 2012,
defeat at the hands of Saul Alvarez, whose speed and power reminded many of a younger Mosley, the former champ retired at age 40 with a record of 46 wins (39 by knockout), eight losses, one draw and one no contest.
After announcing his retirement, Mosley said he would devote more time to training his son, Shane Jr. He also promoted a fight to raise funds for his family’s Diamond’s Love Foundation, which teamed with the Susan G. Komen Foundation in a charity event for cancer.
However, it seemed retirement was ill-suited for a man who once proved willing to take on all opponents, as rumors soon surfaced that Mosley was looking to make a boxing comeback.
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