Shane Mosley retires from Boxing
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (June 5, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
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Shane Mosley
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: “Good morning everybody, just want to thank you for showing me so much love, had a great career and loved every moment of it, win, lose or draw.” -- Shane Mosley

"Sugar" Shane Mosley used his twitter account to announce his retirement from professional boxing yesterday. The five-time world champion steps away from the ring with a career mark of 46-8-1, which includes 39 knockouts.

Mosley, 40, will now shift his energies into building the career of his 21-year-old son Shane Mosley Jr.

"I'm going to leave it alone," Mosley told ESPN.com. "I'm good. I'm going into the promotional world, I'm training my son. It was a helluva career. I'm happy for all the great memories and all the great fighters that I fought. Now it's time give back. I'm ready to train my son full-time now."

Last month Mosley suffered a fearful beating at the hands of Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez. The nature of the loss was enough to convince the former champion that his better days were behind him. The signs had been there in Mosley's previous four bouts, but Mosley like so many fighters before him, refused to acknowledge them.

"That's life, that's getting older," said Mosley. "When you get older, you see what happens. You think you can do things. You see stuff that you think you can do, that you want to do, but you just can't do it anymore,” he said.

Mosley faced all comers during his 19 years in the ring. He captured the IBF lightweight title in 1997. He defeated titleholders Jesse James Leija, John John Molina, Phillip Holiday, and Luis Collazo.

After defending his title eight times, Mosley moved to the welterweight division. He stopped Wilfredo Rivera and Willy Wise, before facing his boyhood friend Oscar De La Hoya for the welterweight championship in 2000. Mosley won the exciting affair by split decision - in what many called the fight of the year.
 
Mosley and De La Hoya met in a rematch three years later. Mosley again prevailed by a close controversial decision. He later admitted injecting himself with steroids while in training for the De La Hoya fight. Mosley has stated that his former strength and conditioning coach, Darryl Hudson, convinced him to take the substances, and that he was unaware of what they were.

In 2006, Mosley scored consecutive knockouts over Fernando Vargas, and stopped Ricardo Mayorga two years later. In 2009, Mosley was the first fighter to stop Antonio Margerito, scoring a ninth-round stoppage.
 
Mosley loss two fights each to the late Vernon Forest and Winky Wright. He was also defeated by Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.

The losses did nothing to dampen the affection most boxing fans felt for the three-division champion
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