Shane Mosley ready to sign for Mundine fight if $1.5 million is guaranteed

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Former three-division titlist Mosley is ready to travel to Australia to face Anthony Mundine if he can get his reported offer in writing.

Shane Mosley says he's good to go for a fight in Australia with former super middleweight titleholder Anthony Mundine, who has reportedly signed his share of the contract agreement. Mosley says that as soon as he gets his reported offer of $1.5 million in writing, he'll sign and prepare to retire the Aussie.

Mundine (44-5, 26 KO) is coming off of a decision loss to IBF middleweight titlist Daniel Geale in January, while Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KO) went abroad for the first time in May, beating Pablo Cesar Cano in Mexico. It was Mosley's first victory since 2009, and was a hard-earned decision win over a younger, fresher fighter.

Mundine-Mosley makes sense for both sides, as it gives them each a decent payday (faded American stars Roy Jones Jr and Antonio Tarver reported being paid handsomely to fight in Australia), and gives Mundine a big-name fighter to bring to his home turf. However shot we may see Mosley, he's an attraction for fights elsewhere, because it's a star fighter coming to town, which doesn't happen all that often. Mosley may not have much clout left here, but elsewhere, he can still be booked as a big name.

Mundine, 38, and Mosley, 42 in September, are both well past their peaks, so it's something of a novelty fight. It's highly unlikely either of them will ever be a serious contender again, but they both want to fight on, and it's an attraction if it gets done. It's really all that simple. It's a fight that works for both of them and their remaining career goals. A win for Mosley would potentially open him up for a return to notable American TV, probably on Showtime, and he's seemingly being very realistic about things right now. He's been turned down by Showtime, so he's fighting where he can and hoping that by winning, he'll get back to where he wants to be. It may be a foolish goal, but it's not delirious or anything.

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