Shane Mosley told BoxingScene.com that he won't chase after fights with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and/or Manny Pacquiao in 2010, feeling he's made it more than clear he's ready to fight either man.
"I want to fight Mayweather but I want to fight anybody who wants to get in the ring with me. I'm not going to chase anybody. I'm not going to chase Mayweather and I'm not going to chase Pacquiao. I already said what I said and I already did what I had to do to as far as telling them that I want to fight them. It's up to them now to step up and say 'I want to fight you' and I'll make it happen," Mosley said.
You really can't say Mosley is fronting the way some fighters do. He had a fight lined up with Joshua Clottey that HBO fudged up, and when that happened, he made one happen with Andre Berto, an unbeaten young titleholder.
As for Pacquiao's win over Cotto, he still feels that he (Mosley) is the best welterweight out there:
"If Pacquiao wanted to fight the number one welterweight, he would have fought me first - he wouldn't have fought Cotto."
I know he needs to say these things, but it's pretty easy to have made a case for Cotto being ahead of Mosley, considering when they fought in the not-too-distant past, Cotto beat Mosley.
He also weighed in on Antonio Margarito's potential return to boxing. I know it seems like we've been talking about this a lot lately, but there's are reasons for that. Miguel Cotto just fought, and that fight will always come to mind when Cotto fights, plus Margarito's team spoke on his behalf about a rematch next year. Also, with welterweight being as hot as it is right now, a Margarito return shakes things up (in theory anyway). And we're starting to barrel toward a reinstatement hearing in just a few short months.
Anyway, Mosley said nothing new, just repeated what he's said before:
"With Margarito, I think if anything they should get the coach, because the trainer is the one who put the stuff on his hands. I'm not saying he's innocent. I'm not going to say that he's innocent. He probably knew what was going on."
It always bothers me when people answer with something like this, because nobody's saying Capetillo should come back, either. In fact, the entire defense strategy was built around throwing Capetillo under the bus and making him out to be some sort of evil mastermind that took the career of Antonio Margarito and attempted to flush it down the toilet with underhanded tactics the fighter knew nothing about. For all intents and purposes, it seemed to me like they tried to excuse Margarito based on ignorance of the events, and get Capetillo banned for life. It makes sense, since there's money to be made on Margarito and none on Capetillo, but this is not an "if anything" situation. It doesn't need to come down to just one. I doubt they're going to keep Margarito on the sidelines while Capetillo runs along merrily, loading fighters' handwraps in the shadows of the coliseum once again.